Top Ten Best Submachine Guns


The Top Ten

1 Uzi

Regular size for sure. If you own one then you will know why it is the best.

If it's Israeli, there ain't no doubt about it. Like other Israeli smgs such as the Galil AR, Tavor and Israeli handguns such as the Desert Eagle, the quality and usefulness match up to German made weaponry.

Small yet powerful

Mini uzi variant is tough to beat high rate of fire and comparable muzzle velocity to full size uzi. Regular uzi still excellent

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2 Heckler & Koch MP5

Absolute masterpiece of a firearm, first time using it I managed to get fairly tight groupings at 15 yards even though it is an SMG. Extremely accurate, low recoil, easy to use, easy to train with, good sights, and just an overall great gun.


The MP5 is the standard weapon of the SAS. Loved by all western counter-terrorism units. A high rate of fire and good accuracy. Extremely versatile.

The company's HK21 lmg has a large recoil

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3 Heckler & Koch MP7

How is uzi #1 what...

Great gun! It is very cool! Nice looks!

Compact, low recoil, small but fast round and can be used with one hand; Ammo may be difficult to purchase; Execellent weapon that has excellent range even when suppressed.

Best of the best!

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4 PPSh-41

Judging by the weapons voted into the top 10, I feel like a large portion of voters base their positions on Call of Duty...

You know it is possible to play games and go shooting in the real world as well? Rainbow Six introduced me to the world of guns in the late 90s and as soon as I was old enough I hit the range.

I bet half of the people who said that the top 7 guns on here are good have been playing way to much Call of Duty.

Good thing, Russian should again begin to produce many different good things, I think they could make a good competition to all

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5 Sig Saur MPX

Beautiful gun. Period.

Amazing gun. Best I've ever fired in 9mm

Reliable and extremely accurate. Like 9mm + P better than 5.7 x 28. Is the new mp5 replacement!

The mpx just throw the mp5 back to the stone age bin. it has ar style control, modular with shorter or longer barrel and ammo to 9mm or 45 acp. it is litaraly AR carbine with 9mm ammo, how cool is that and look cool too!

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6 Vector

The vector recoil mitigation system is unprecedented. Not to mention you can chamber this bad boy in 10mm, making the competition pellet guns.

Should be no1 extended mag makes it awesome.

The Vector is one of the best SMG(s) in the world, very little recoil, looks great in my opinion & can hit in ranges the Uzi can't, If the price was lower, this gun would be man's second best friend.

The beast

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7 FN P90

Such a powerful gun with an almost unseen firepower

I think this weapon useful to beat SWAT team, lol

The P90 has these things down: Rate of Fire, Great Range, Great Accuracy, Great Popularity, Magazine Size, 2,000 yard bullet-reach, used in OVER 40 NATIONS, and the last but not least, the best:

You can penetrate KEVLAR WITH THIS GUN. Not lying.

Better than the thompson, MP5, MP40, Uzi and the Kriss Super V in every way. Very accurate and exreamly popular. Awesome fire rate at 900rpm.

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8 PP-19 Bizon

This has more than twice the amount of bullets than an assault rifle. It may not have long bullets but that is not what SMGs are made for.

Probably highest magazine ever.

Bizon nubs buy p90

Izhmash weapons are reliable.

9 UMP45


No recoil, high stopping power, good accuracy, lightweight

The only reason it is the successor to the mp5 is that it is cheaper. Not as good for spec forces.

Fire rate and compactness are plus points, magazine could be a bit bigger though.

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10 Skorpion EVO

Simple, well placed controls. Simple construction. Very reliable.

Sexy killer

Not only is it sexy as hell but it's wonderfully balanced...

Who cares about accuracy, just think about its fire rate and damage, this is my favorite submachine gun

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The Contenders

11 Glock 18 In Full Auto

Glock 18 full auto is my favorite, light and reliable it suits my personality...

Glock makes the best pistols so their sub machine gun is perfect

G18 is a machine pistol not sub-machine gun

Glock is very strong and I don't know the oder guns

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12 CBJ - MS


Best penetration(there is no bulletproof vest to protect soldier under 100-200 m) range 400m

100 bullet each magazine(bullets are very light)

only problem is that bullets are scarce.excellent for short operations

13 Tec-9

This shouldn't be a top lol very unreliable and accuracy is non existent. This should be a pistol that is strictly a range gun. You may get lucky and get one that's a fluke and has no issues but nearly impossible.

It's what chief keef use

I have a Intratec DC-9. This gun shouldn't even be compared to any of these other ones lol. All its good for is a fun range gun.

epic gun

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14 Thompson

The Thompson is no doubt the best WWII smg. Even the German soldiers feared that weapon.

You honestly expected Al Capone's boys to use BARs and M1903 Springfields against Bugs Moran?

It has a 100rd drum, 50rd drum, 30rd, 20rd stick magazines. And the most bad ass, coolest looking gun. I just wish WE THE PEOPLE, would demand immediate change to allow all guns to be purchased without Tax stamp and background check.

Dad had one from D-day to Berlin suburbs, helped stop the Bulge, for myself used on many operations, to this day my son has chosen to use on a couple dozen operations throughout the world. It works gets dirty and kicked around picked up wiped off and continues to do its job killing evildoers. I wish only evildoers... Frank

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Innovation deserves respect. Their recoil system is exceptional thinking.

This should be at least #3, the Kriss super V has broken a whole new barrier for weapons development since the m16, maybe even the 1911! This gun houses the one and only super v system that separates it from all other firearms because it's bolt drops back and down (decreases recoil and weapon jam)! Plus, this little bitch houses A.45 cal round which packs a huge punch and is fairly accurate for what it is!

Hell yes! Super V is one of my all time favorites. The only bad thing is that it goes dry of bullets, like, über fast. But I mean hey! Check out that RPM; sick! :O

Why on earth is this not the number one SMG? It's got everything for heavens sake! Pinpoint accuracy, damn cool power and very little recoil. For me this is my fave!

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16 PDW-R

best smg

17 M3 Submachine Gun (Grease Gun)

It's slow, but accurate; cheap, and can be made by a car company in the 1900's; can be changed from.45 acp to 9mm rounds, not to mention a.45 acp suppressed M3 is silent, really silent.

On the other hand, I would really like a new, modern, and even lighter variant; with the same heavy bolt (since that was the exact reason why it exists). The Philippines remade their M3's, adding some camo paint, a sight, and a suppressor; perfect for infiltration.

Cheap to make, very reliable, can be controlled with one hand,

Very cheap great accuracy. Used by American ray in WW2.

.45 acp, low fire rate that lends to superb controllability. Inexpensive to produce.

18 MP9

Half as heavy as the mp5, extremely accurate, rust proof,

19 MP5

The best ever sub machine

20 MP 40

This awesome sub should be way up the list, even above the Thompson, being highly proven on the battlefield with fine German engineering and ultra reliable.

I have one, super reliable, impressive technology.

For its time it was a amazing gun

I say this is the best sub-machine gun of ww2 and is still used today so that is why I rate it so high

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21 Sterling Sub Machine Gun

Most reliable magazine in any SMG to date, in strong contrast to its brother the STEN

Very reliable and accurate,

Simple and effective

Manageable recoil,classsic looking,cheap to make,and has a integral suppressed variant.

22 Steyr TMP

A tmp was made after the steyr aug. An auto pistol. Somtimes used by the marines. - my111

This thing is a beast! I play airsoft and played with this for a year and it is the best gun on the field!

23 MAC-10

number 1

Should be number one it sprays 30 rounds of 45 in a few seconds and is concealable

Forgetting its low range, rate of fire and low ammo because of its RPM, it's the best SMG me

2nd place gangster gun. 1st is the Tommy Gun. But this SMG will outshoot pretty much every gun when it comes to rate of fire.

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24 KRISS Vector

How is this not first? It's the most accurate out of all of these rifles with a high rate of fire and reliable it also has a devastating round.

Amazing Smg! Futuristic look but Itś not all for show, it reduces the recoil a lot as well.
.45 cal and very little recoil is a winner in my book. A bit expensive though but Itś really a uniqe piece to own. - Dan

25 Owen Gun

Never fired one but held one. A bit crude and not at all a pretty but as others would testify, if you positively and absolutely need rounds down range, the Owen was unstoppable.

Easily the best jungle warfare SMG of WW2. One of very few WW2 SMGs to be machined rather than stamped. Rugged and reliable.

Reliable and fulfills the ideological and doctrinal needs of a submachine to a Tee. Nothing better

Great in all conditions and still works well

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26 Modern Sub Machine Carbine (MSMC)

Best look ever with great penetration against body armor, it is a carbine

Most efficient long range firing weapon in its class.

The magazine is like h&k mp7 and also it is very accurate

27 Suomi M31/KP31

Excellent to shoot, easy to control and reliable!

Accuarcy and mag size is perfect

That is true. It has a decisive role in saving the independency of Finland in the WWII - especially in Winter War and it changed the tactics of the Red Army.

An effective weapon that was notified both Russians and Germans. We can say it was one of the main reasons which forced Stalin to improve Red Army in 1940.

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28 Type 100
29 Carl Gustav m/45

Cheap to make. Extremely reliable. Good magazine with 36 rounds that never fails.

Best overall I would say, very reliable, very controllable,

The best sub machine gun


30 Sten Mk. II

Although not the safest or most reliable sub-machine gun, where the Sten excelled is in providing a logistically perfect weapon, a cheap and easy to make weapon for both commandos and freedom fighters.

They were easy to build that's why the British loved them so much.

Once when I was in my four years apprentice-ship to become a finemechanic a mate bought a STEN, which was made unable to use (fireing pin was ground off and a steelpin was soldered straight across the tube, but these details where no real problem to solve for a futured mechanic... wheren't they?! ) And the best was, this GUN 'worked' with ordinary 9mm-pistolammunition; a big WOW! Meanwhile it's 30 years ago... which means, I'm becoming older... Thomy (Thomas, not this submachine! )

31 Zastava M92

Devastating fire. Low maintenance. Ammo available any where. Throw in the mud pick it up and fire. 5 to 100 rounds.

Top weapon

32 M11/9

Mac 11/9 has really great rate of fire that tops uzi any day.

Light and good workmanship

Second most customizable subgun out there behind the m16/9

33 Beretta Model 38

It would also chamber the mp40 ammo, since the were weaker for the beretta.

"it was one of the best guns of ww2. the fact that it was used by germans, commonwealth, partizans, Among many others "
"it was reliable gun, and had a very steady fire rate"
"it had a long range for smg of it's time, possibly sypasing tompson (range was 200 meters, while tompson 100 at best)"
"it has exelent recoil"
"it is used even today in the syrian civil war"

"early models had even a bayonet. what else you want from a gun? "

34 American-180

Are you guys blind? 275 drum mag with a fire rate of 1200-1500 RPM, this is clearly the best sub machine!

35 K-50

Coolest looking toy!

36 MP5k

Originally designed from the Heckler and Koch MP5, this is a shorter variant of it. Because of its shorter nature, it is a lot more compact and can be fired with one hand, fitting the criteria for a Submachine gun quite easily. Its rate of fire is also vastly increased, and even variants of this firearm have stocks, allowing better control of the gun, alongside the grip.

37 PP-2000
38 Walther MP
39 UMP-9

This smg gun was a good gun

40 MP18

The father of all modern SMGs!

41 Skorpion vz. 61

A great SMG first produced in 1959 in chekslovacia (If I spelt that correctly.

42 Colt 9mm SMG
43 PM-63 RAK

Looks like an alien and fires faster than a lot of other sub machine guns, it's vicious

44 MP28
45 MAT-49

I used one briefly in Vietnam. No one who mattered knew I had it. I had four magazines for it and it was compact enough to fit in my pack. One night we were in a base camp after a patrol we were hit, I grabbed it because it was close. I don't know if I hit anyone but my buddies and I we glad we had it. I carried it because I could not get a pistol it was a present from my company commander who knew I loved to fool around with firearms. I could not take it home so a gave it to a friend.

46 F1

Replaced Oween Gun in 1970's double sided top loaded magazine of 34 9mm rounds. Fired from open breech position, same controls and pistol grip as SLR (FN-FAL) slow rate of fire, good trigger control - burst control. Can be fitted with bayonet and sling. use low to ground or cover As magazine not in the way, quickest to reload amongst SMG's. Just tuck it in your armpit and it points naturally, paralel to the ground. Fitted with pitcanney rails and would still hold it's ground with lights & laser.

47 MP7

It is at rate 2

48 AEK-919K Kashtan
49 Lusa A2
50 PDW 57

Not even a real gun

Someone has been playing too much bo2

Very Large ammo capiablity

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2. Heckler & Koch MP7
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2. UMP45
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