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View Poll Results: Which World War II Submachine Gun Was The Best?
M1 Thompson 17 51.52%
M3 Greasegun 2 6.06%
Sten Gun 1 3.03%
MP40 "Schmeiser" 9 27.27%
PPSh-41 4 12.12%
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Old 04-13-2014, 03:15 PM   #11
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Default HARD choice!!...

I have shot most of the above also (sorry, but Sten's are kind of rare in these parts)... If I had to choose (and that's also based on if I had the money and could afford one of these...) I vote for the Thompson.
It was well built, iconic to the American firearm lexicon, compact (if you're airborne.. a BIG plus), has a high round capacity available AND shoots the reliable (I.E. stopping power guaranteed) and (for now at least..) easily available and reloadable 45acp...and if you own a 1911 as well..... one type of ammo to carry in a combat situation!!

The only real drawbacks I can see about it is weight (over 10 1/2 lbs empty!!) and as with all submachines, limited range... But I would carry a rifle if I wanted to really reach out & touch someone!!

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I would love to have a Thompson. I would take a semi-auto version and be happy with it. In fact that is on my short list. However if I were offered any of the listed guns I would not turn any of them down. As far as experience with the weapons...sorry but the only shooting I have done with these would be on "Call of Duty". I obviously can't draw a conclusion from a video game.

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I'd say it's a draw between the Thompson and MP40.

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Interesting responses. These would all be fun to shoot. For shooting, I think I'd definitely go with the Thompson.

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i've fired them all. IMO: The PPSH is the best by far.
The Germans re-issued (and renamed) the captured PPSH's. That's a first hand endorsement.
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i would take a M1 carbine over the lot of em.
This is about sub machine guns so at least make it an M2. They do have a bad tendency to climb though.
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Just to correct a common error. Heinrich Vollmer designed the MP 38 and MP 40, not Hugo Schmeisser...although both variants have been incorrectly called "Schmeissers" in popular literature, movies, etc, for decades.

The only sub-gun on the list that I have experience with is the .45 M3 blowback. It wouldn't make my top-ten list of weapons I'd want in combat.

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The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42),Nicknamed "the buzzsaw," by our boys in ww2.

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The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42),Nicknamed "the buzzsaw," by our boys in ww2.

Famous weapon but not a "sub" machine gun. The 42 set the standard for light MGs for many years and our M60 was just one offshoot of that great design. Most light MGs in service today have the basic 42-design as an ancestor.
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German mp40 in 9mm. The stem is stunning crude, but cheep and numerous. The tom tom is tenecly a ww1 gun. A very refined gun but hevy for combat

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