We can always count on National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier to pull out something special for his weekly Curator's Corner segment on NRA News. Tonight he brings us a World War II submachine gun manufactured by — General Motors.
You probably stopped after reading the last sentence so I'll say it again; we are talking about the M3 submachine gun that was built by General Motors. As Phil likes to tell it, manufacturing concerns leading up to the War produced a calling for an efficient, cost effective submachine gun.
The Army decided there was a need solid metal gun that fired a 9x19 parabellum or .45 cartridge. While several companies gave it a try, it was GM's M3 that made the cut.
With a 30 round magazine and a muzzle velocity of 920 ft/s, the M3 was manufactured from 1943 to 1945. During that time, roughly 700,000 were produced. Soon after it was created, the M3 was tweaked with hopes to improve reliability and decrease weight. The result was a gun that saw service all the way from World War II to Desert Storm — the M3A1.
For the whole story, you'll have to join Phil and the gang tonight on at 10:20pm Eastern on NRANews.com or listen on Sirius/XM Patriot satellite radio.