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The MGV-176 is a submachine gun created on Yugoslavia and is supposedly used by the Slovenian police, the MGV-176 remembers the American-180, an weapons created in the sixties.


MGV-176 submachine gun appears to be a clone of an American-180 submachine gun, but adapted to more modern materials and less expensive production techniques. MGV-176 appeared during 1980s, and was offered forexport. After the dissolution of Yugoslavia MGV-176 was manufactured in Sloveniaby Orbis, and apparently is used by Slovenian police. A semi-automatic version was made and encountered during the war in Bosnia.
It is a specialist weapon, which can be used at relatively short ranges, because of weak ammunition. However, when fired in full automatic mode, the veryhigh rate of fire combined with low recoil will result in a significant lethality through multiple hits to target.

MGV-176 submachine gun is blowback operated, selective-fired weapon which fires from open bolt. The

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Soldier using the MGV-176

receiver and pistol grip are made from polymer. Fire mode (single shots/full automatic) is controlled by the trigger pressure - shortpull on the trigger produces single shots, and long pull produces full automaticfire with rather high cyclic rate. MGV-176 is fitted with manual safety on theleft side of the grip, plus an automatic grip safety is located at the rear of the pistol grip. Gun is fitted with underfolding shoulder stock made from steelwire. MGV-176 can be fitted with quick-detachable sound moderator (silencer) which weights about 200 gram and reduces firing signature by about 20 dB. The feed system employs flat pan magazines, which hold 161 rounds of ammunition in three layers, with bullets pointing to the center of the pan. Magazine covers are made from semi-translucent plastic. Spent cases are ejected downwards through aperture in receiver just in front of the trigger guard, so care shouldbe taken to not cover ejection port by supporting hand.


  • Yugoslavia: As the MGV-176 was created there, the Yugoslavian forces problaby used this weapon
  • Slovenia: The Slovenian police could be using the MGV-176 [1][2]


Caliber .22 Long Rifle (5,6mm rimfire)
Weight 1,81 kg less magazine, 3,4 kg with loaded magazine

(stock closed/open)

480 / 795 mm
Barrel length 260 mm
Rate of fire 1200 - 1600 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity 161 rounds
Effective range 50–70 meters

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