Submachine Guns are automatic rifles or pistols that fire pistol caliber ammunition. The credit for the first submachine gun will be bestowed on the Thompson SubMachine Gun. Even though the Germans (or their nefarious friends) were also secretly building submachine guns after WWI (MP-18, ...) and significantly advanced the technology in the years building up to WWII, the Thompson was first to be used in some quantities by both criminals and law enforcement in the US during the roaring 20s. With Elliot Ness and Frank Nitty shooting it out weekly with TSMGs on our TV screens as the FBI struggled to control the Chicago mob, how could we pick anything else?
Submachine guns are also said to be of certain generations and this attempts to explain their technology. To be brief the generations begin with high precision, milled construction, machined and assembled by highly skilled technicians (time consuming and expensive), progresses to stamped and bent sheet metal by factory workers (cheaper and mass produced) and finally, advanced polymers and other high-tech materials for advanced adaptability and missions.
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