WW2 Submachine Guns

During World War II, the submachine gun provided the infantryman with high firepower as it was the ideal weapon for house-to-house fighting in urban battles. From Stalingrad, in Eastern Europe, to Manila in the Philippines (Pacific theater), it played the main role in the most ferocious combat action that took place in cities as they were light, compact, and easy to carry. In this armed conflict, most submachine guns were about the same with regard to reliability and accuracy, the difference being the types of magazines they used, action, caliber, and rate of fire. The American ones were the biggest caliber and the most massively produced submachine guns of the war.

List of submachine guns of WW2

Schmeisser (MP38 and MP40) (Germany)

Thompson (USA)

Suomi M1931 (Finland)

PPSh-41 (Soviet Union)

M3 (USA)

Beretta M1938A (Italy)

MAS M1938 (France)

Sten Gun (United Kingdom)

Owen (Australia)

Austen (Australia)

– PPD M1934/38 (Soviet Union): 7.62mm submachine gun, with a rate of fire of 800 rpm

Type 100 (Japan): 8mm, with a rate of fire of 800 rpm

MP18 (Germany)

Lanchester (United Kingdom)

ZK-383 (Czechoslovakia)

– Steyr-Solothurn S1-100 (Austria) 9mm, 500 rpm

UDM 42 (USA)

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