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Steyr TMP

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Sub machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Austria

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    1989

  • DESIGNER
    Steyr Mannlicher

  • PRODUCTION
    1992 - 2001

  • PRODUCERS
    Austria - Steyr Mannlicher
    Malaysia - SME Technologies

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Rugged and reliable
    Limited size and weight
    Large volume of fire
    Limited effective range
    Lack of shoulder stock
    Difficult to fit accessories

Introduction

The TMP is a sub machine gun of Austrian origin. It was developed by Steyr in the early 1990's as a private venture. The name TMP stands for Taktische Maschinenpistole, which translates to Tactical Machine Pistol. Depending on the exact definition used it can be classified as either machine pistol or sub machine gun. Since the mid 2000's the design has been marketed by B+T as the MP9.

Design

The TMP is a blowback operated weapon that fires from the closed bolt position. The barrel and mechanism are made out of steel and the exterior is made from polymer. A dual stage trigger acts as fire selector. A vertical forward grip is standard and most TMP were produced without stock. A plastic fixed stock is optional.

Firepower

The TMP fires the 9x19mm round from a 15 or 30 round magazine. It is a select-fire weapon with a cyclic rate of fire of 850 to 900 rpm. Despite its high rate of fire it reportedly remains controllable, even with bursts of up to 10 rounds. The effective range is 100 meters and the accuracy is significantly improved with fixed stock. The SPP is a semi-automatic variant. The barrel is threaded to fit a silencer.

Users

The TMP has been adopted by a few law enforcement and military units. Despite its qualities sales were limited. The new MP9 has proved to be more successful than the TMP, possibly due to the folding stock and accessory rails.

Variants

TMP

TMP: The TMP is the standard production version. It is select fire and fitted with a forward grip. In the end the TMP was available with the same fixed plastic stock as the

  • Specifications:
  • TMP
TypeSub machine gun
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 30 rounds
OperationGas operated, blowback, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire850 - 900 rpm
Barrel length130 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length282 mm
Width45 mm
Height162 mm
Weight1.3 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 188 mm sight radius
Remarks-

SPP

SPP: The SPP is a semi-automatic variant of the TMP and also lacks the forward grip. It might have been developed for the US Land Warrior project. Usually a flash hider is fitted on the threaded barrel.
SPP Carbine: An SPP fitted with a fixed stock.

  • Specifications:
  • SPP
TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 30 rounds
OperationGas operated, blowback, closed bolt
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length130 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length322 mm
Width45 mm
Height?
Weight1.19 kg empty
SightsIron sights, blade front and notch rear, 188 mm sight radius
RemarksOptional fixed stock

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