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 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.

Todd South has written about crime, courts, government and the military for multiple publications since 2004 and was named a 2014 Pulitzer finalist for a co-written project on witness intimidation. Todd is a Marine veteran of the Iraq War.

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