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Steyr TMP


Machine Pistol (MP)


Austria | 1993



"The Steyr TMP is a machine pistol capable of firing up to 900 rounds per minute from a 15- or 30-round box magazine."



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The international security situation of the 1970s and 1980s brought about a market need for more portable firepower to arm various special forces elements, law enforcement services and private firms. Steyr delivered with its Steyr TMP ("Tactical Machine Pistol") series, developed as a "machine pistol" in combining the firepower of a submachine gun with the handy form of the pistol. The weapon accepted the ubiquitous German 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge and fired from a 15-, 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine.

Before the end, the Steyr TMP only found customers in EKO Cobra of Austria and Gruppo di Intervento Speciale of Italy - both representing national special forces groups. Its rights were then sold off in 2001 to Brugger & Thomet who continued the design as the MP9 Machine Pistol (detailed elsewhere on this site) of 2004. The Steyr SPP ("Special Purpose Pistol") became an offshoot of the TMP and added a semi-automatic fire function to the mix as well as long barrel and forend to the receiver. The SPP also lost the TMP's forward grip.

The TMP weighed in at 3lb when empty and featured a running length of 11 inches with a barrel measuring just over 5 inches long. The action was centered around a short-recoil system with locking, rotating barrel movement set about the delayed blowback principle. Rate-of-fire reached up to 900 rounds-per-minute with the rate being selectable by the operator and muzzle velocity was in the vicinity of 1,315 feet-per-second wit effective ranges out to 100 meters. A forward grip was added to help control muzzle climb and this, in turn, necessitated the inclusion of a small solid protrusion ahead of the foregrip to help protect the firer's hand from crossing over in front of the active muzzle. Iron sights were fitted across the top of the receiver in the traditional way and the magazines inserted into the pistol grip's base.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Steyr TMP. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
282 mm
11.10 in
O/A Length
130 mm
5.12 in
Barrel Length
2.87 lb
1.30 kg
Weight
Short Recoil; Rotating Barrel
Action
9x19mm Parabellum
Caliber(s)
15-, 20- or 30-round detachable box magazine
Feed
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Steyr TMP. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
246 ft
75.0 m | 82.0 yds
Max.Eff.Range
875
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
1,213 ft/sec
370 m/sec
Muzzle Velocity
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Steyr TMP Machine Pistol (MP) family line.
TMP ("Tactical Machine Pistol") - Militarized machine pistol.
SPP ("Special Purpose Pistol") - Civilized machine pistol; sans foregrip; limited to semi-automatic fire only.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Steyr TMP. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Steyr Mannlicher - Austria
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[ Austria; Italy ]
Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to requirements.
PISTOL/SIDEARM
Recognition
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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