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Designed by George Patchet in 1942 this was the last model of its type. firing 9 X 19 mm Parabellum rounds. Originally used by Airborne troops towards the end of the War,It replaced the earlier Sten gun.
In 1944 the British General Staff issued a specification which any new sub machine gun should conform to.
It stated that the weapon should not weigh more than six pounds, should fire 9x19mm Parabellum calibre ammunition, have a rate of fire of no more than 500 rounds per minute and be sufficiently accurate to allow five single shots to be fired into a one foot square target at 100 yards.
The Mk4 remained with the British Army from 1953 until 1988, when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1 assault rifle.

Your comments:

  • Sennelager in 1978, a wet blanket hanging at 25m and 20 rounds bouncing off.

    OK for CQB as long as you use it like a large pistol - anything else, throw it at the target.
    .......... Sanson Kirk, LEEDS, UK, 23rd of October 2011

  • It is interesting to note , the Stirling SMG was initially known as the Patchet before being known as the Stirling SMG and later the L2A3
    .......... Ray Jackson, pe197pe, 4th of February 2011

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