MAC-10 [Submachine Gun]:

Designed by Gordon Ingram somewhere in 1970, this machinegun has become (in)famous indeed. Although it has been manufactured by numerous companies since then, The weapon was first manufactured by the Military Armament Corporation (hence MAC), and it was designed to be smaller, more compact, and less expensive than other comparative designs. It is also one of the most reliable machineguns in existence. Firing from a open bolt which when closed partially wraps around the barrel, the MAC-10 is indeed small and compact, certainly for its firepower. Almost the entire gun is made out pressed steel plate, and is of a simple design. Although it is no longer made it is still a favorite for some types of work. Because of its enormous rate of fire, as high as 1600 rpm for the 9 mm version with some types of ammo, it is a true bullet hose: a entire magazine of thirty shots can be emptied in under one and a half seconds! Needless to say this is not great for accuracy, although it can be surprisingly accurate when used in the semi-automatic setting.

The MAC-10 also became well known for the supressors that were made for it: these were highly effective, and wrapped with cloth, they were great for holding on to. The MAC-10 and its surpressor made for a truly awesome combination of firepower and relative silence. This combination was still small enough to be fitted into a briefcase, and several kinds of briefcases were made that not merely allowed the concealed carry of a silenced MAC-10, but the actual firing of one from inside the briefcase. Apparently the loudest noise produced by some of these cases was the dull stattaco thumping of the empty cartridge casings into the inner side of the briefcase! These cases were very popular with certain government agencies in the late seventies and early eighties, but they are now becoming increasingly rare (just like the MAC-10, to say nothing of the surpressors...).

The standard magazine for the MAC-10 held thirty rounds, but many different versions can be found.

Weight: 6.26 lbs (2.84 kg) empty
Caliber:.45 ACP / 9mm Parabellum
Barrel Length:5.75 inches (14.6 cm)
Full Length:No stock: 10.5 inches (26.7 cm), Stock Retracted: 10.6 inches (26.9 cm), and Stock Extended: 21.6 inches (54.8 cm)
Action:Unlocked blowback, fires from opened bolt.
Mode of Fire:semi-automatic / fully automatic.
Rate of Fire:1200 to 1600 rpm depending on ammo and caliber.
Range:250 ft (76.2 m)
Magazine:30 round magazines (32 for 9 mm)
Cost: $ 800 (currently)
Made in:USA
Special: Very reliable, compact, very VERY high rate of fire.

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Writeup by Kitsune (E-Mail Kitsune) and Mischa (E-Mail Mischa ).

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