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Ruger MP9

Machine Pistol (MP) / Submachine Gun (SMG)

United States | 1995

"The Ruger MP9 has its roots in the original Israeli UZI submachine gun - both designs coming from the same man."

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Owing much to the Israeli UZI submachine gun after which it was modeled, the Ruger "MP9" was a short-lived submachine gun developed by UZI's own creator - Uziel Gal. The MP9 was recognized as a modernized, improved form of the original classic weapon and also intended for security teams finding themselves in close-quarters. As such, the weapon took on the familiar UZI form, well-balanced along the firing forearm with its grip set at the midway point of the design. The trigger was seated well-forward in the arrangement with the barrel protruding just a short distance ahead. A hinged, folding shoulder support was included to help extend the length of the gun for additional accuracy while recoil was aided some by an internal spring.

Design work was undertaken during the early 1980s and, when a Canadian manufacturing deal for the gun fell through, Sturm, Ruger & Co (Ruger) moved in to secure its rights. While marketed, the gun did not find many takers and was discontinued after just a year in production (1995-1996) with around 1,500 total units realized, a paltry sum considering the global market.

The submachine gun weighed a handy 6lb and had an overall length of 14.8 inches with the wire stock collapsed (22 inches otherwise). The barrel assembly measured just 6.8 inches long. Metal and polymers were used throughout the weapon's construction process.

The weapon was fed by a 32-round detachable box magazine inserted into the hollowed out grip handle chambering in the 9x19mm Parabellum German pistol cartridge. Internally, the gun utilized a close-bolt design in its blowback action. For ease-of-use, the cocking handle was set over the frame, accessible by either free hand. Cyclic rate-of-fire was 600 rounds-per-minute and effective range maxed at 150 meters. To help with ranged fire, iron sights were provided (front post with peep rear).

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The physical qualities of the Ruger MP9. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
556 mm
21.89 in
O/A Length
6.61 lb
3.00 kg
Blowback; Select-Fire; Closed Bolt
9x19mm Parabellum
32-round detachable box magazine
Iron Front and Rear.
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Ruger MP9. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
328 ft
100.0 m | 109.3 yds
Notable series variants as part of the Ruger MP9 Machine Pistol (MP) / Submachine Gun (SMG) family line.
MP9 - Base Series Designation; 1,500 examples produced from 1995 to 1996.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Ruger MP9. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national small arms listing.

Contractor(s): Sturm, Ruger & Company - USA
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