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Brugger & Thomet MP9

Machine Pistol / Submachine Gun (SMG) [ 2004 ]

The Swiss Brugger & Thomet MP9 machine pistol is a further development of the Austrian-originated Steyr TMP series of the early 1990s.

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Introduced in 2004, the Brugger & Thomet MP9 became a further development of the Steyr TMP ("Tactical Machine Pistol") originally designed by Austrian-based Steyr Mannlicher and itself introduced in 1992. Manufacturing rights to the Austrian weapon sold to Brugger & Thomet AG of Switzerland and slight variations were added to make for a more modern, marketable product. Key changes included the introduction of a section of Picatinny rail over the receiver (supporting tactical accessories like optics and aimers), a revised trigger safety, and a new hinged, side-folding strut-style shoulder stock.

From this design came a semi-automatic civilian market-minded form in the "TP9".

At its core, the MP9 makes use of a blowback, rotating bolt firing action utilizing a short recoil approach. The cartridge of choice remains the German 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge which the MP9 can be fed from a 15-, 20-, 25- or 30-round detachable box magazine. Rate-of-fire is listed at 900 rounds-per-minute rate-of-fire in the MP9 and TP9 systems while another variant - the MP9-N - fires up to 1,100 rounds-per-minute. Muzzle velocity is 1,315 feet per second with an effective range out to 328 feet meters.

Its lightweight body and compact dimensions have made it a popular weapon among police and special force units as well as some global armies. Operators (as of 2015) include Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, Macau, Portugal, Switzerland, and Thailand. For India, the gun stocks the inventories of Mumbai Police and the Indian Army. Portugal issues the weapon as a sidearm for the Army. Both Swiss police forces and the Army use the MP9.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Machine Pistol / Submachine Gun (SMG)

Brugger and Thomet - Switzerland
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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
523 mm
20.59 in
Barrel Length
130 mm
5.12 in
Empty Wgt
3.09 lb
1.40 kg

Iron; Optional Optics


Blowback; Short Recoil; Rotating Bolt

Blowback Operation
Gas pressure from the rearward movement of the ignited cartridge case provides the needed bolt movement, ejecting the spent case and stripping a fresh case from the magazine.
Rotating Bolt
System utilizes internal mechanism to lock the breech or rear barrel assembly prior to firing.
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9x19mm Parabellum

Sample Visuals**

Graphical image of a 9mm pistol cartridge
Rounds / Feed

15-, 20-, 25-, or 30-round detachable box magazine
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
246 ft
(75 m | 82 yd)
Muzzle Velocity
1,213 ft/sec
(370 m/sec)

MP9 - Base Series Designation; side-folding stock; new trigger safety; Picatinny rail.
MP9-N - Ambidextrous three-position selector switch
MP45 - Ambidextrous three-position selector switch
TP9 - Semi-Automatic Only version for civilian market sale; under-barrel section of Picatinny rail replacing foregrip.
TP9SF - TP9 with selective-fire

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Front right side view of the Brugger & Thomet MP9 machine pistol; color

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