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Erquiaga MR64
Erquiaga MR64
Country of origin

USA/Peru

Manufacturer(s)

Erquiaga Arms Co.

Designer(s)

Juan Erquiaga Azicorbe & Gordon B. Ingram

Year(s) designed

1964

Weapon type

Submachine gun

Caliber

9x19mm

The Erquiaga MR64 was a submachine gun designed by Peruvian firearms designer Juan Erquiaga Azicorbe in collaboration with Gordon B. Ingram, and manufactured by the Erquiaga Arms Company.

HistoryEdit

Erquiaga met Gordon Ingram when the latter visited Peru for a year on business terms. Ingram was very interested in submachine gun design and the two collaborated to develop the MR64. The MR64 was a hastily-designed submachine gun that was very quick, cheap and easy to manufacture. Thousands of MR64s were manufactured in Erquiaga's factory in California, and the purpose of their manufacture was to arm Cuban anti-government guerrillas. The FBI caught wind of Erquiaga's activities and raided his factory; US-manufactured weapons in the hands of Cuban rebels would have only worsened already poor US-Cuban relations. Erquiaga fled the US to avoid arrest.

DesignEdit

The MR64 was a basic 9mm submachine gun that was similar in design to the STEN. It used STEN magazines and a blow-back operation system.

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