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Magpul FMG-9
Magpul FMG-9

Manufactured:

2008

Industry:

Magpul Industries

Country Of Origin:

United States

Action:

Blowback

Users:

  • United States Military
  • United States National Guard

Cartridge:

9×19mm Parabellum

Years Active:

2008-Present

The Magpul FMG-9 is a prototype for a new generation of folding submachine guns, designed by Magpul Industries in 2008. Like other folding machine guns, it would be used for concealed carry and can be disguised as anything from a small package to an extra laptop battery. It is made out of a light-weight polymer material rather than metal, making it very light and easy to carry. It is also small enough even to fit in the back pocket of most everyday pants. It was developed for potential use by personal protection details such as the United States Secret Service. It is still a prototype and may or may not be made in large numbers for law enforcement agencies. The prototype uses a semi-automatic firing mechanism from a 9mm Glock 17 pistol. With modification, the FMG-9 could also use the mechanism of a Glock 18 machine pistol for Class 3 or law enforcement use.

History Edit

The weapon has a unique architecture, in that it is designed to be folded into a box shape, but it can be unfolded and made ready to fire in a matter of seconds. When folded, the size is about the same as a cigarette carton, and the appearance is deliberately similar to an old-fashioned metal commercial radio. It can be fitted with a small fake antenna if necessary.[1]

The Ares FMG can be folded with its 20-round UZI magazine loaded. A 32-round magazine was also available, but its use prevented folding the weapon. The original prototype was designed to use a WWII German MP40 magazine. The second prototype used UZI magazines and had a three shot burst mechanism as well.

The weapon inspired a Russian, and a Ukrainian copy that is almost identical except for caliber, magazine and folding sights that were added.

While descriptions of a fictional "ARES II FMG" exist on the web,[2] the actual ARES FMG was only chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum.

Trivia Edit

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