Watch: A Machinegun Made by Smith & Wesson

   10.30.18

Watch: A Machinegun Made by Smith & Wesson

Ian calls this thing “American’s Vietnam 9mm SMG,” and that’s pretty cool. It’s a Smith & Wesson Model 76, which was basically a modified copy of the “Swedish K” M/45B.

This model has gained a bad rap, mainly due to being knocked off poorly, but the original guns were pretty nice. The rundown of features is enjoyable, and I’d really like to get my hands on one of those and burn up a bunch of someone else’s ammo in it.

The receiver is a round tube in which the bolt travels, and unlike most others of its kind, it has longitudinal grooves cut into it. They sorta look like rifling, but of course they are not cut in a spiral. This cool design feature reduces friction between the bolt and receiver, while also providing a place for fouling, dirt, and other crud to go, rather than allowing it to gum up the works.

S&W Model 76 9mm receiver

If you like this thing, act quickly — it’s being sold at auction TODAY.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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