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ˌsʌb məˈʃinsub·ma·chine gun

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  1. submachine gunnoun

    machine gun that is a portable automatic firearm


  1. submachine gunnoun

    A type of short range machine gun that is carried as a personal weapon and uses pistol ammunition.

  2. Etymology: From sub- + machine gun.


  1. Submachine gun

    A submachine gun is an automatic carbine, designed to fire pistol cartridges. It combines the automatic fire of a machine gun with the cartridge of a pistol. The submachine gun was invented during World War I. The zenith of its use was World War II when millions of weapons of this type were manufactured. In military use, the submachine gun has been supplanted in general issue by carbine-length assault rifles firing intermediate cartridges due to their superior range and power; submachine guns have poor accuracy past 50m and are generally unable to penetrate the improved ballistic helmets and body armor increasingly becoming standard-issue for modern infantrymen. However, submachine guns retain widespread use in police SWAT and domestic counter-terrorist forces, who value the SMG's lighter recoil, better accuracy in burst or fully automatic mode and minimized bullet overpenetration when dealing with residential hostage crises, high-risk search/arrest warrants and other domestic situations in tight quarters where innocent civilian casualties are a major concern. There is some categorical inconsistency with regard to the classification of submachine guns; for example, some sources consider personal defense weapons—particularly short carbines firing a rifle cartridge —to be submachine guns. Most sources now, however, restrict the term solely to pistol-caliber, carbine-length automatic weapons. Fully automatic pistols designed to be fired one-handed are known as machine pistols, a term which also formerly included many submachine guns.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of submachine gun in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of submachine gun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  1. Chris Norman:

    I saw a man with what I think was an AK-47 -- anyway, it was some kind of machine gun or submachine gun, my first reaction was to sit down and hide. Then I heard one guy, an American, say, 'Go get him' and I heard another American say, 'Don't you do that, buddy' or something like that.

  2. Jeremiah Millertold:

    This made me stand up and actually look out the entrance door, and I saw a man with a submachine gun of some sort, an automatic rifle, and he was firing in the open, i immediately ducked down and got scared and my friend’s mother, she came in and told us to get inside the car.

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