EMP submachine gun file photo [24984]

EMP Submachine Gun

Country of OriginGermany
TypeSubmachine Gun
Caliber9.000 mm
Capacity32 rounds
Length950.000 mm
Barrel Length320.000 mm
Weight4.000 kg
Rate of Fire550 rounds/min
Range150 m
Muzzle Velocity380 m/s

Contributor:

ww2dbaseIn 1930, Heinrich Vollmer and his company Vollmer Werke completed the design for the submachine gun VMP1930. Their effective range was about 150 meters (about 490 feet), with a billed maximum range of about 250 meters (about 820 feet). They have a firing rate of 550 rounds per minute. After producing only 400 examples, the German Reichswehr stopped funding for this project, and as the result Vollmer sold the design to the firm Erfurter Maschinenfabrik Berthold Geipel GmbH (ERMA). ERMA began producing these weapons under the new designation of Erma Maschinenpistole, or EMP, in late 1931, and sold the first batch in 1932. Three major variants existed. The variant sold to Bulgaria and Yugoslavia had 30-centimeter barrels, tangent rear sights, and bayonet lugs. The second variant had a stock similar to that of MP 18 submachine gun with finger grooves. The most numerous variant had 25-centimeter barrels, tangent or flip-up sights, and no bayonet lugs. In 1936, the Nazi SS organization purchased a number of them for use by police units. A number of them were exported to Nationalist Chinese forces; these saw action in the Second Sino-Japanese War which began in 1937. ERMA ceased production of these weapons in 1938 after producing more than 10,000 examples.

Meanwhile, the state arsenal at A Coruña in northwestern Spain license built them in large numbers, and these weapons saw action in the Spanish Civil War. In 1939, a large number of Spanish Republican troops fled across the border into France and became detained, resulting in the French capturing 3,250 examples; 700 to 800 of them entered French Army service, which were later captured by the Germans; the Germans designated these Spanish-made EMP submachine guns 740(f).

Source: Wikipedia

ww2dbase

Last Major Revision: Oct 2015

Photographs

German soldier with an EMP submachine gun, date unknown




Did you enjoy this article? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds


Posting Your Comments on this Topic

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 Your email will not be published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

 

Note: 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.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
EMP Submachine Gun Photo Gallery
German soldier with an EMP submachine gun, date unknown




Famous WW2 Quote
"With Germany arming at breakneck speed, England lost in a pacifist dream, France corrupt and torn by dissension, America remote and indifferent... do you not tremble for your children?"

Winston Churchill, 1935