Friday, April 8, 2011

The 7ET9 and 7ET10 submachine gun by TASCO of the Ukraine

The 7ET9 submachine gun is in development by the state-owned TASCO corporation of Ukraine. Apparently it is based on the unsuccessful prototype Elf-2 submachine gun, developed during mid-1990s by questionable and now-defunct KB-ST organization. Unlike the prototype, the 7ET9 returned to simple design and more or less realistic characteristics. It is fairy typical submachine gun of conventional design; originally developed for more or less obsolete 7.62x25 TT cartridge, it was also developed into 9x19 version, known as 7ET10. According to available information both versions are still not completely developed and neither is being manufactured so far. Very little proven and factual information is available on this design, so description below may have some speculations and assumptions rather than facts.

TASCO 7ET10 submachine gun, caliber 9x19.

The 7ET9 is a simple blowback weapon. It uses stamped steel receiver and fires from open bolt. Charging handle is made in the form of dual sliders located at either side of receiver. Magazine is inserted into pistol grip. Submachine gun is fitted with top-folding shoulder stock and folding front grip, which can be dismounted and replaced by forend with integral tactical light or laser pointer. Special silencer could be attached to the barrel. All accessories for 7ET9 are made by the TASCO corporation.

Caliber: 7.62x25 TT (7ET9) or 9x19mm Luger/Para (7ET10)
Weight: 2.5 kg less magazine
Length (stock closed/open): 360 / 550 mm
Barrel length: 200 mm
Rate of fire: 600 (7ET9) or 900 (7ET10) rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds
Effective range: 100-150 meters


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