Firearms / Sub machine guns / FMK-3

FMK-3

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Argentina

  • NICKNAMES
    PA-3DM (early designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1974

  • DESIGNER
    Fabricaciones Militares

  • PRODUCTION
    1974 - 1993

  • PRODUCERS
    Argentina - FMAP

  • QUANTITY
    Over 85.000 produced, production complete.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited production costs
    Easy to operate
    Reasonable reliability
    Rather heavy

Introduction

The FMK-3 is a sub machine gun of Argentine origin. It was developed in the mid-1970's to replace a wide variety of sub machine guns in Argentine service.

Design

The design of the FMK-3 is heavily influenced by the Israeli Uzi and Czechoslovak Vz 23, both in looks and internal mechanism. It is a blowback operated sub machine gun with a telescoping bolt. The magazines are inserted in through the pistol grip which is fitted with a grip safety. A retractable metal wire stock is fitted. A small batch was produced with fixed wooden stock.

Firepower

The FMK-3 fires the 9x19mm round from 25, 32 or 40 round magazines. It is a select fire weapon with a rate of fire of 650 rounds per minute. The effective range is claimed to be 100 meters.

Users

The main user of the FMK-3 is Argentina. It has also been widely exported to other South American nations.

Variants

FMK-3

The FMK-3 is a sub machine gun of Argentine origin. The design has been inspired by the Vz 23 and Uzi.

FMK-3: Most common version. It is select fire and has a retractable stock.
FMK-4: FMK-3 with a fixed wooden stock.
FMK-5: Civilian model of the FMK-3 that fires semi-automatic only.

TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine25, 32, 40
OperationBlowback, open bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire650 rpm
Barrel length290 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockRetractable
Length693 mm / 523 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.4 kg empty
SightsIron sights, flip up rear sight, 50 and 100 m gradations
Remarks-
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine25, 32, 40
OperationBlowback, open bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire650 rpm
Barrel length290 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFixed
Length?
Width?
Height?
Weight?
SightsIron sights, flip up rear sight, 50 and 100 m gradations
Remarks-
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine25, 32, 40
OperationBlowback, open bolt
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length290 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockRetractable
Length693 mm / 523 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight3.4 kg empty
SightsIron sights, flip up rear sight, 50 and 100 m gradations
Remarks-

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