After a long wait, LWRCI is ready to announce that their SMG-45 is now shipping. This pistol-caliber sub-gun has been called a spiritual successor to the Heckler & Koch UMP and takes UMP magazines, although functionally it’s a different breed.
It shares some design elements with AR-based pistol-caliber carbines but doesn’t use a straight blowback action. Instead, it uses a hybrid blowback/short-recoil operating system that requires less reciprocating mass and lets users install non-standard stocks including side-folders.
For now, LWRCI is launching with a real UMP stand-in chambered for .45 ACP. It ships with two 25-round magazines, with other magazines available for restricted states.
“We listened closely to shooters, operators, and customers throughout the development of this exciting new platform for LWRCI,” said company vice president David Ridley. “The SMG is truly a ‘Step-Up’ pistol-caliber carbine that offers our customers innovative features and comfortable ergonomics in a compact package.”
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Other slick features include ambidextrous controls including the safety levers, an ambidextrous paddle magazine release and reversible forward charging handles. It comes standard with an LWRCI modular quad-rail handguard and LWRCI pistol grip.
LWRCI is currently shipping guns in the pistol configuration with an 8.5-inch barrel and SB Tactical folding stabilizing brace. Other accessories include an ALG trigger, Magpul MBus Pro iron sights and included rail panels and a hand stop.
The initial model weighs 5.9 pounds unloaded and measures in at just 15.25 inches long with the stock folded to the side. They are of course suppressor-ready with threaded barrels, although the action requires a muzzle booster to work suppressed.
The guns are currently on their way to store shelves and online dealers, with availability beginning as early as next week. MSRP is a bit steep at $2,995, although real-world prices are typically lower.