Hotchkiss Universal SMG





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Published on Aug 27, 2012

he Hotchkiss Universal is a pretty interesting submachine gun, despite its rather clumsy appearance. The overriding design intent was to make a very compact folding carbine, and Hotchiss certainly met that objective. However, the gun ended up being too expensive and complex to achieve any real commercial success. Some wound up in Indochina, and some sales were made to Venezuela and Morocco, but that was about the extent of the Universal's production. There are a few of these guns that were imported into the US as live semi-auto carbines, interestingly.


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Comments • 911

That should have been in one of the classic Bond films as a villain gun.
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FPS Poland
I think they should call it "Hotchkiss.zip"
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The French don't get enough appreciation for their ingenuity in firearms.
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marcianito 100% real ayy
Tacticool: The Prototype.
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Marcus Taber
Transformer banged an SMG and what do you get?
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I'm surprised more stealth/action movies and or video games don't feature this weapon. Seems like the perfect thing to whip out of a briefcase or trench coat. :) Very cool gun.
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SayNoTo Democide
I guess this was a predecessor to the Kel-Tec Sub-2000.
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Designated Kitty
this is like mass effect style gun folding 
Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus
A compact MP40 it looks like to me
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I was really impressed and wanting somebody to revive and modernize this design. Until I realized the thing is roughly the size of a P90 when folded anyway.
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