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It does surprise me that WE doesn't do much in the way of submachineguns. Not that anyone can complain about their huge product range, but I always though it was lacking in that regard.

 

Maybe they'll do more of them someday though, who knows. I always felt like if any company were to make something like an Uzi model b, it would be WE.

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Maybe they see no need to or the cost isn't there?

 

Plus they are more likely to clone a design than make a new one. It has really only been since the M&P (which is a disaster for some) and the compact models that they really started to make their own stuff.

 

Plus what SMGs are common enough to sell? I mean you don't see a lot of them around outside of the MP5, the MP7, the UMP, the P90 and the odd Uzi / Skorpion, maybe they are just not that popular compared to ARs and AKs?

 

Still would be nice to have a GBB Uzi or similar.

 

'FireKnife'

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WE hasn't ventured further into SMGs because, quite frankly the MP5 and MP7 are still relatively new and they have still yet to exhaust the types of MP5s there are in existence. But if sales continue to prove solid, who knows, maybe we'll see more types in the future. But as far as real steel world use goes, the SMG is kind of dying down in favor for PDWs so that may be some kind of indicator as to why there aren't very many GBB SMGs in general.

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What classifies a weapon as a PDW in firearms?

 

A gun that is capable of being carried by personnel in a specialist role that require medium range firepower in a weapon smaller than the average service rifle. Often they user a lighter pointed bullet over conventional rifles.

 

If you want to argue semmantics then the M1 Carbine is the first mass produced 'PDW' as it did exactly the above. It gave the likes of vehicle crews and artillery support a small sub-carbine gun that could hit out to a few hundered metres at a push and was better range / ht harder than a pistol or hit harder / more accurate than a SMG.

 

Very few 'PDW' weapons use standard ammo in the real world too, the MP5K-PDW being an exception but then that wasn't built from the ground up, more just a case of making the best of things with what you have.

 

'FireKnife'

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Generally using a short rifle round for greater armour defeating capabilities in a compact SMG weapon like the P90, MP7, KAC PDW e.t.c.

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Well no, an SMG fires a pistol round, frequently 9x19 mm. A PDW fires some other, more rifle-y round like the funny bullets the P90 and MP7 use, whatever the KAC PDW fires etc. etc. It's a blurry line between a short barrelled rifle and a 'PDW'.

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So basically anything SMG size but fires unconventional rounds. That certainly makes it hard to stock up on ammo. Luckily this is airsoft and then all use 6mm bbs, well most of them. What if all airsoft changed over to 8mm. Wouldn't that give us better ballistics. 

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SMG sized, more powerful/AP-ish rounds, yeah.

 

8 mm would be (well, is. They do exist haha) worse, the larger area of the BBs would cause them to decelerate faster than 6 mm ones meaning shorter ranges.

 

It's been speculated that moving to smaller (e.g. 4.5 mm) BBs would give us immediately better performance, but there's quite a lot of industry inertia to overcome first...

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I seem to recall someone looked into that and I could be wrong but any performance gain was negligible so just not worth it.

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It has been tried but the actual change was so minute that it fell into obscurity.

 

Smooth and spherical is just the best overall, usually at a 5.95mm average size it seems.

 

And as for PDW think of it more as the gap between Carbine and SMG and you are not far off. Something with the range of the carbine but the handling of the SMG and a mid-range cartridge to match (like the 5.7mm of FN, the 4.6mm of HK or the 6x35mm of the KAC PDW).

 

Saying that some groups have taken to using PDWs in a more offensive role like the P90 and MP7 as they are great for defeating the kind of body armour that stops the average 9mm or .45ACP to the chest.

 

'FireKnife'

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