SNEAK PEEK: New Taurus SMGs (Video)

Following about 30 years producing submachine guns derived from foreign…

Following about 30 years producing submachine guns derived from foreign designs (the Italian M12 and the Chilean FAMAE SAF), Brazil’s Forjas Taurus has now entered the market with a product of its own origin, the SMT. The program began in 2010, and in June a prototype was officially unveiled. Official Brazilian Army product certification came in the second half of 2011, which cleared the gun for series production and commercialization. Orders have already been received from a number of LE agencies in Brazil and deliveries have started, while foreign interest following successful demonstrations and evaluations are likely to materialize in firm contracts.

The SMT comes in two calibers, the SMT9 in 9 x 19 mm and the SMT40 in .40 S&W, these having a folding polymer buttstock. For more specialized jobs, the compact, stockless “C” models in both chamberings are lighter and substantially shorter. Taurus’ new subguns will be subject of an article in Tactical Weapons soon.

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