ATAC TVT Firearms Channel Viewer Q & A: What is the Difference Between a Machine Gun and Sub Machine Gun

ATAC TVT Tom Clarke and Mark Flinn answer a viewers question about machineguns and Sub guns.

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ATAC TV™ Firearm Reply and Answer:

ATAC TV™ Tom Clarke and Mark Flinn answer a viewers question about machineguns and Sub guns.  Of course there are many different styles and manufacturers of these types of guns from all over the world.  Most all were born and designed for the military and/or Law Enforcement use.

Rifles cartridges shoot in machine guns and pistol cartridges are used in subguns.  This is a simple and easy explanation for such a complex variety of weapons platforms.  Without getting into a huge discussion about specific types and sizes of firearms, this is the generally excepted “rule of thumb” to classify the difference between the two.

Each has definite purposes intended for use in many different environments and situations.  Submachine guns are great for Law Enforcement Officers that may be in residential buildings where over penetration might cause hazard and liability for the Department, as an example.  Sub guns have a limited range depending on caliber, but are very effective in close quarter battle situations. 

Rifle caliber machine guns are more powerful, with long-range capabilities and can be small compact firearms such as an AK-74U, or as large as crew-served machine guns like the M2 HB .50 machine gun that weighs 120+ pounds just for the gun.  Big and small, machine guns are generally described as “machine guns” if they shoot a standard rifle type cartridge.  Tom Clarke and Mark Flinn give you the quick discussion on the ATAC TV Video program linked below.

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