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This is an overview article which contains background information and cross-game comparisons. For game-specific information and stats, see the articles linked on the right.
Gameplay articles
Fallout10mm SMG
Fallout 210mm SMG
M3A1 "Grease Gun" SMG
Tommy Gun
H&K P90c
H&K G11
H&K G11E
Fallout 310mm SMG
Sydney's 10mm "Ultra" SMG
Fallout: New Vegas9mm SMG
10mm SMG
Vance's 9mm SMG
12.7mm SMG
Silenced .22 SMG
Fallout TacticsMP5 H&K
UZI
Scorpio
Sten Gun
MP38
Walther MPL
FN P90c
Tommy Gun
Calico Liberty 100
Fallout: BoSHome-Made Machine Gun
9mm SMG

A submachine gun (SMG) is an automatic carbine, designed to fire pistol cartridges. It combines the automatic fire of a machine gun with the cartridge of a pistol. An assault rifle, in contrast, uses an intermediate-power cartridge with more power than a pistol but less than a standard rifle or battle rifle.

Models

H&K MP9 10mm SMG

Fo1 10mm SMG
Gameplay articles: Fallout, Fallout 2

It's considered to be one of the finest weapons in the world. The single shot is acceptable, comparable to the 6520 pistol, but the burst mode is excellent. The MP9 is easy to control, and can dish out punishment unlike any other firearm in its size category. Consequently, it is highly popular among people requiring a powerful but compact source of firepower with low maintenance requirements. This weapon is vital amongst freelance-mercs as it can spew death at close range. It is an excellent weapon early in the game and can shred unarmored foes. It is very deadly at close range. Ammo can be found almost anywhere.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" SMG

Fo2 Grease Gun
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

This submachine gun filled National Guard arsenals after the Army replaced it with newer weapons. However, the "Grease Gun" was simple and cheap to manufacture so there are still quite a few still in use. It's very powerful, but its .45 rounds lack the bonuses of 10mm rounds.

Thompson M1928

TOMMYGUN
Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

This Thompson M1928 submachine gun is a sinister looking weapon; every time you hold it, you have an urge to put on a fedora hat and crack your knuckles. The Thompson is well-fed by a large 50 round drum magazine. Like the Grease gun, the Thompson is pretty powerful, but fires nondescript .45 rounds.

H&K P90c

Fo2 H&K P90c
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The Heckler & Koch P90c was just coming into use at the time of the war. The weapon's bullpup layout, and compact design, make it easy to control. The durable P90c is prized for its reliability, and high firepower in a ruggedly-compact package.

H&K G11

Gameplay article: Fallout 2

This gun revolutionized assault weapon design. The weapon fires a caseless cartridge consisting of a block of propellant with a bullet buried inside. The resultant weight and space savings allow this weapon to have a very high magazine capacity. While the 4.7mm caseless rounds are rare, the G11 is one of the best SMGs in Fallout 2.

H&K G11E

Gameplay article: Fallout 2

A variant of the H&K G11, the E variant is equipped with a low-light scope and a suppressor. It also fires more rounds in a burst and deals more damage with each individual round.

Unnamed 10mm SMG

Gameplay articles: Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas

This 10mm SMG is most effective at close-range by unleashing a hail of bullets. However, the SMG is next to useless at longer ranges. The SMG simply has too much spread to be of much use beyond close-range combat. Another downfall of the SMG is its ammunition consumption; if ammunition is not properly managed, the SMG can eat through 10mm rounds at alarming speeds. Even so, it's a common weapon that packs a nasty punch; a very valuable thing.

Unnamed 9mm SMG

Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

The 9mm SMG is a decent small weapon, emptying its full magazine in 3 seconds flat.

Unnamed 12.7mm SMG

Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

More common in higher levels, the 12.7mm submachine gun is a heavy duty large caliber SMG. It features a unique top mounted magazine, the bullets lie at a right angle to the weapon.

Silenced .22 SMG

Silenced22SMG
Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

The silenced .22 SMG is iconic with its unusual pan magazine, which sits atop the gun rather than under. The silencer is integrated right into the barrel.

MP5 H&K

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics mp5 h&k
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The MP5 H&K is a submachine gun of German design, developed in the 1960s by a team of engineers from the German small arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch GmbH. It's one of the most popular submachine guns, used by law enforcement and militaries all over the world.

UZI

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics uzi
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The Uzi was designed by Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940s. The prototype was finished in 1950; first introduced to IDF special forces in 1954, the weapon was placed into general issue two years later. The Uzi has found use as a personal defense weapon by rear-echelon troops, officers, artillery troops and tankers, as well as a frontline weapon by elite light infantry assault forces.

Scorpio

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics scorpio
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The Scorpio is a decent enough little SMG. Once used by members of the Spetznas, it's not as great a submachine gun as the MP5.

Sten Gun

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics sten gun
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The Sten Gun was developed by the British during WW2 as a cheap alternative to the more expensive Thompson SMG offered by the Americans. The Sten proved to be extremely reliable and, due to its fairly loose tolerances, could perform in poor conditions much more reliably than ostensibly better weapons.

MP38

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics mp38
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The MP38 was created during World War Two by the German army, who need a compact weapon that provided more firepower than a simple pistol to arm its paratroopers, tank crews and officers. This weapon was immediately so successful that the Army established an ombudsman to all its troops.

Walther MPL

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics walther mpl
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The Walther MPL is a parabellum submachine gun produced in West Germany from 1963 to 1985 by Walther. It serves as a slightly better all-around SMG, compared to the MP5.

FN P90c

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics fn p90c
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The FN P90c was designed by the FN Herstal and just coming into use at the time of the war. The weapon's bullpup layout, and compact design, make it easy to control. The durable P90c is prized for its reliability, and high firepower in a ruggedly-compact package.

Calico Liberty 100

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics calico liberty 100
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The Calico Liberty 100 is a SMG manufactured by Calico Light Weapons Systems.

Home-Made Machine Gun

FOBoSLogoThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
HomeMadeMachineGun

A jerry-rigged Machine Gun with a bayonet.

Unnamed 9mm model

FOBoSLogoThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
SMGFOBOS

A classic 9mm SMG. (Design resembles that of an MP5K)

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