Blyskawica submachine gun file photo [8622]

Blyskawica Submachine Gun

Country of OriginPoland
TypeSubmachine Gun
Caliber9.000 mm
Capacity32 rounds
Length730.000 mm
Barrel Length197.000 mm
Weight3.220 kg
Rate of Fire600 rounds/min
Range200 m
Muzzle Velocity400 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Blyskawica ("Lightning") submachine guns were designed in 1942 by Waclaw Zawrotny, who stressed that the design must be very simple so that they could be built with simple tools in underground workshops. The first prototype was built between Apr and Sep 1943, and in Nov several underground workshops began to produce these weapons. Between Nov 1943 and Oct 1944, about 640 of them were built.

Source: Wikipedia.


Last Major Revision: Oct 2009


Female resistance fighter with Błyskawica submachine gun, Warsaw, Poland, Aug 1944Polish resistance fighter with Blyskawica submachine gun during the Warsaw Uprising, Powisle district, Warsaw, Poland, Aug 1944Polish resistance fighters Henryk Ozarek (with Vis pistol) and Tadeusz Przybyszewski (with Blyskawica submachine gun) fighting on Kredytowa-Krolewska Street, Warsaw, Poland, Oct 1944

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Dapurramerican says:
11 Nov 2009 03:01:14 PM

Is this something like a thompson but for poland?
2. H Iris says:
6 May 2010 09:00:59 AM

Closer to a British Sten with the German MP-40 style magazine and and butt.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites

Blyskawica Submachine Gun Photo Gallery
Female resistance fighter with Błyskawica submachine gun, Warsaw, Poland, Aug 1944
See all 3 photographs of Blyskawica Submachine Gun

Famous WW2 Quote
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival."

Winston Churchill

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!