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The Ingram submachine gun has been designed for close encounters and concealed carrying



Ingram MAC-10
Caliber 11.43 / 9 mm
Weight (empty) 2.84 kg
Length 584 mm
Length (with folded stock) 269 mm
Barrel length 146 mm
Muzzle velocity 330 / 280 m/s
Cyclic rate of fire 1 145 / 1 090 rpm
Practical rate of fire 40 - 120 rpm
Magazine capacity 30 / 32 rounds
Sighting range 100 m
Range of effective fire 50 - 70 m

 

   The MAC-10 submachine gun has been designed by an American arms designer Gordon B. Ingram. He began to work on this compact SMG in the mid 1960s. It was mainly designed for special operations and law enforcement forces. By 1965 several prototypes were made. This submachine gun was evaluated by the US Army, however it was not accepted to service. Production commenced in 1970 by the Military Armament Corporation (MAC). In 1976 the MAC went bust and production rights of this SMG were transferred to RPB Industries Inc. Later is was also manufactured by some other companies. Ingram submachine guns were exported to Chile, Yugoslavia and some other Asian and South American countries. Copies of this SMG were manufactured in Japan, South Africa and Taiwan.

   This submachine guns has been designed for close encounters and concealed carrying. It is a blowback-operated, selective fire weapon, that fires from open bolt. There are two baseline MAC-10 (or M10) models, chambered for 11.43 (.45 ACP) and 9x19 mm rounds.

   This weapon is simple in design and technology. Its receiver is made of sheet steel and consists of two parts. These are held together by a steel pin. Generally it is a reliable weapon.

   Cocking handle is located at the top of the gun. It stays stable when the gun is fired. It comfortable to reload the weapon using either hand. This cocking handle also adds safety as it locks the bolt in forward position, when turned 90 degrees sideways. When the safety is turned on you can not see the sight. Another safety switch is located inside the triggerguard. A separate fire mode selector is located above the triggerguard on the left side of the weapon. It has single shots and full-auto modes.

   The Ingram SMG is fed from a box-shaped magazine, inserted in the pistol handle. The .45 ACP model comes with a 30 round magazines, while model chambered for 9x19 mm ammunition is fed from 32 round magazines. This weapon can be fired by holding with one hand. A leather loop is attached to the front of the weapon. It is held by a non-firing hand and provides additional stability.

   Effective range of fire is limited to 50 - 70 meters. Its accuracy suffers as this weapon is uncomfortable to hold with both hands and it becomes hard to compensate recoil power.

   The Ingram M10 has a simple non-adjustable diopter-type sights. This SMG comes with a telescopic steel wire stock. Some of its versions were fitted with detachable wooden buttstocks. This submachine gun is compatible with silencers. Silencers on this weapon are quite efficient, as it uses subsonic bullets.

 

Variants

 

   MAC-11 (or M11), chambered for a smaller  9x17 mm (.380 ACP) round. This model has smaller dimensions and weight, as well as a shorter barrel. This weapon is fed from 16 or 32 round magazines. This SMG fires only in full-auto mode. Its effective range is about 30 - 50 meters.

 

Video of the Ingram M11 submachine gun



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