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B+T MP9

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Switzerland

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    2001 - 2004

  • DESIGNER
    Bruger + Thomet (adaption of Steyr design)

  • PRODUCTION
    2004 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Switzerland - Bruger + Thomet

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited size and weight
    Large volume of fire
    Limited effective range

Introduction

The MP9 is a sub machine gun of Swiss origin. It is an updated version of the Austrian Steyr TMP and was introduced by Brugger + Thomet in 2004. The name MP9 stands for Machine Pistol 9mm. Depending on the exact definition used it can be classified as either machine pistol or sub machine gun.

Design

The MP9 is internally completely similar to the TMP, except for the new trigger safety. It is a blowback operated weapon that is a bit larger than a full size pistol. A dual stage trigger acts as fire selector. Externally the MP9 differs from the TMP in having Picatinny accessory rails and a side folding stock.

Firepower

The MP9 fires the 9x19mm round from a 15, 20, 25 or 30 round magazine. It is a select-fire weapon with a cyclic rate of fire of 900 to 1.000 rpm. Despite its high rate of fire it reportedly remains controllable, even with bursts of up to 10 rounds. The TP9 is a semi-automatic variant. A silencer can be fitted.

Users

The MP9 has been adopted by several law enforcement and military units. It has proved to be more successful than the TMP, possibly due to the folding stock and accessory rails.

Variants

MP9

MP9: The baseline production model reminiscent of the TMP, available in black, green and tan. The MP9 is fully automatic, has the foldable shoulder stock and a fixed forward grip.
MP9-FX: MP9 training model for 9mm FX simunition rounds. Recognizable due to blue plastic body.
MP9-M: Fully inert training model MP9 in red plastic body.

  • Specifications:
  • MP9
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 20, 25, 30 rounds
OperationGas operated, blowback
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire900 - 1.000 rpm
Barrel length150 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
StockFoldable
Length523 mm / 303 mm
Width45 mm, 56mm (stock folded)
Height166 mm empty, 173 mm (15 rd magazine), 246 mm (30 rd magazine)
Weight1.4 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 190 mm sight radius, optional optical sights
Remarks-

TP9

TP9: Semi-automatic version of the MP9 inspired by the old SPP variant of the TMP. It does not have the shoulder stock and there is a accessory rail instead of the fixed forward grip.
TP9-SF: Select fire model of the TP9 capable of semi-automatic and fully automatic fire.
TP9 Carbine: A TP9 with fixed plastic shoulder stock.

  • Specifications:
  • TP9
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 20, 25, 30 rounds
OperationGas operated, blowback
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length130 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity360 m/s (124 g)
Stock-
Length303 mm, 520 mm with optional stock
Width45 mm
Height166 mm empty, 173 mm (15 rd magazine), 246 mm (30 rd magazine)
Weight1.25 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 190 mm sight radius, optional optical sights
Remarks-

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