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Błyskawica and other insurgent weapons
Błyskawica SMG
Country of origin

Poland

Designer(s)

Wacław Zawrotny

Production began

1943

Weapon type

Submachine gun

Caliber

9x19mm Parabellum

Action

blowback, open bolt

Overall length

556/730 mm

Barrel length

197 mm

Weight

~3.2 kilograms

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

32 rounds

Cyclic rate

~600 rpm

Muzzle velocity

400 m/s

The Błyskawica (Polish for "lightning", pronounced buy-ska-vit-tsa) submachine gun was designed and used by the Polish resistance movement during World War II. Its external layout was modeled after the MP-40, while most of internal mechanisms were copied from the Sten. Often produced in primitive conditions and without advanced tools, those weapons offered surprisingly good performance and reliability. It was used in Operation Tempest, the Warsaw Uprising, and in a number of smaller sabotage actions. Around 700 of them were built.

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