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Bergmann MP-18
Country of origin

German Empire

Designer(s)

Hugo Schmeisser

Production began

1916

Production ended

1920s

Weapon type

Submachine Gun

Caliber

9x19mm Parabellum

Action

Open Bolt Blowback

Overall length

832mm

Barrel length

200mm

Weight

4.18kg

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

32 detachable drumb magazine

Cyclic rate

About 500 rounds/min

Maximum effective range

N/A

Muzzle velocity

380 m/s

The MP18.1 manufactured by Theodor Bergmann Waffenbau Abteilung was the first practical submachine gun used in combat. It was introduced into service in 1918 by the German Army during World War I as the primary weapon of the Stosstruppen, assault groups specialized in trench combat. Although MP18 production ended in the 1920s, its design formed the basis of most submachine guns manufactured between 1920 and 1960.

The firepower of this new class of weapons made such an impression on the Allies

that the Treaty of Versailles specifically bann

ed further study and manufacture of such light automatic firearms by Germany.

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