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The compact and efficient submachine gun has largely been replaced by assault rifles in modern armies, but they still are in use for special purposes. Highly refined designs like the Uzi or MP5 continue to provide much more firepower than a pistol while remaining easily portable and even concealable.
Submachine guns are automatic or selective fire weapons defined by their compact size and by the fact that they fire pistol ammunition. This section of Olive-Drab.com has information and photos of most of the important submachine guns used by the U.S. military and a few from other countries. Each of the submachine guns is described on its own page which can be reached by clicking on the links below.
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