SOFIC 2018: Submachine guns for the Army?

The U.S. Army could be buying submachine guns for conventional forces. Get a look at a couple of possibilities. (Jeff Martin/Staff) Jeff Martin

The Army asked and commercial gunmakers answered. There are now 10 submachine guns that have been submitted to fulfill an Army request.

The aim of the Army’s request for information is not to outfit every soldier with a subgun but to have an option for soldiers who might need this type of weapon for personal protection and specific mission sets.

The gun must be chambered in 9 mm with rapid-fire capabilities, meaning both full and semi-automatic selections.

The following 10 weapons were submitted by the corresponding companies:

  • Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons; Zenith Firearms
  • B&T MP9 Machine Guns; Trident Rifles, LLC
  • MPX Sub Compact Weapon; Sig Sauer, Inc.
  • 5.5 CLT and 5.5 QV5 Sub Compact Weapon; Quarter Circle 10 LLC
  • PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon; PTR Industries, Inc.
  • MARS-L9 Compact Suppressed Weapon; Lewis Machine & Tool Company
  • CZ Scorpion EVO 3 A1 Submachine gun; CZ-USA
  • CMMG Ultra PDW; CMMG, Inc.
  • Beretta PMX Sub Compact Weapon; USA Corporation
  • CM9MM-9H-M5A; Colt’s Manufacturing Company, LLC

Here are images of some of the weapons that have been submitted or weapons by the manufacturers of similar design and capability as those the Army will review:

The Army has received 10 submissions for its request for information on a submachine gun capable of firing 9 mm ammunition. CZ-USA submitted the CZ Scorpion EVO3A1 submachinegun, similar in design to the weapon featured here. ( CZ-USA)
The Army has received 10 submissions for its request for information on a submachine gun capable of firing 9 mm ammunition. CZ-USA submitted the CZ Scorpion EVO3A1 submachinegun, similar in design to the weapon featured here. ( CZ-USA)
The CMMG, Inc.-made CMMG Ultra PDW is one of the submissions. This image shows a CMMG AR-9 style pistol. The Army has received 10 submissions for its request for information on a submachine gun that fires 9 mm ammunition. (CMMG, Inc.)
The CMMG, Inc.-made CMMG Ultra PDW is one of the submissions. This image shows a CMMG AR-9 style pistol. The Army has received 10 submissions for its request for information on a submachine gun that fires 9 mm ammunition. (CMMG, Inc.)
In response to the Army's request for information on a submachine gun that can fire 9 mm ammunition, the Colt Manufacturing Company submitted the CM9MM-9H-M5A subgun, similar in style to the weapon pictured. (Colt Manufacturing Company)
In response to the Army's request for information on a submachine gun that can fire 9 mm ammunition, the Colt Manufacturing Company submitted the CM9MM-9H-M5A subgun, similar in style to the weapon pictured. (Colt Manufacturing Company)


Sig Sauer, Inc. has submitted its MPX Sub Compact Weapon, similar to the weapon featured here. (Sig Sauer, Inc.)
Sig Sauer, Inc. has submitted its MPX Sub Compact Weapon, similar to the weapon featured here. (Sig Sauer, Inc.)
Beretta USA submitted the PMX Sub Compact Weapon, similar in design to the weapon featured here. (USA Corporation for Beretta)
Beretta USA submitted the PMX Sub Compact Weapon, similar in design to the weapon featured here. (USA Corporation for Beretta)
Zenith Firearms has submitted the Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons, similar in design to the weapon featured here. (Zenith Firearms)
Zenith Firearms has submitted the Z-5RS, Z-5P and Z-5K Sub Compact Weapons, similar in design to the weapon featured here. (Zenith Firearms)
PTR Industries, Inc. submitted the PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon, similar to the weapon featured here. (PTR Industries, Inc.)
PTR Industries, Inc. submitted the PTR 9CS Sub Compact Weapon, similar to the weapon featured here. (PTR Industries, Inc.)

The weapon also has to hold accessories using a Picatinny rail system, the same type of system used on the common issue M4 carbine carried by most soldiers and Marines.