FBP submachine gun

FBP submachine gun

Infobox Weapon

caption=FBP m/948
type=Submachine Gun
wars=Portuguese Colonial War
designer=Gonçalves Cardoso
manufacturer=Fábrica de Braço de Prata (FBP)
production_date=1948-1955 [http://4cce.org/weapons.html A r m a s P e s s o a i s d a 4 C C E.] Retrieved on May 25, 2008. Pt icon]
variants=m/948, m/963 and m/976
weight=kg to lb|3.77|sp=us|abbr=on|precision=2|wiki=yes [http://4cce.org/weapons.html A r m a s P e s s o a i s d a 4 C C E.] Retrieved on May 25, 2008. Pt icon]
length=mm to in|807|abbr=on|precision=1|wiki=yes
cartridge=9x19mm Parabellum
rate=500 rounds/min [http://4cce.org/weapons.html A r m a s P e s s o a i s d a 4 C C E.] Retrieved on May 25, 2008. Pt icon]
feed=32-round box magazine

FBP is a 9 mm submachine gun developed in 1940 by Gonçalves Cardoso, an officer in the Portuguese Army.


The submachine gun was produced by the Fábrica do Braço de Prata weapon factory at Lisbon, whose initials FBP gave the name to the weapon. It was created with features from the M3 and the MP40 [ [http://www.securityarms.com/20010315/galleryfiles/2100/2123.htm FBP/M948 smg Portuguese.] Retrieved on May 25, 2008.] .

The original version of the submachine gun (the FBP m/948) only allowed for fully automatic fire. An upgraded version ( designated FBP m/963) introduced in 1961 also allowed for semi-automatic fire.

The weapon was primarily issued to officers and NCOs in the Portuguese Armed Forces and security forces, along with quantities of ex-German MP-34 submachine guns. In Portuguese service it was used in combat in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portuguese India and Timor. It was eventually replaced in service by the 9 mm Uzi and the collapsible-stock version of the standard m/961 G3 rifle.

ee Also

*Portuguese Colonial Wars


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