Owen Submachine Gun

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Owen Mk I - 9x19mm. This is an earlier version of the Owen gun, featuring a finned barrel, early wireframe stock (some wireframe stocks have a clip that holds an oil bottle), and solid trigger housing. The parkerized finish is a post-war refurbishment.
Owen Mk I - 9x19mm. This is a later version of the Owen gun, featuring a non-finned lightened barrel, solid wood stock with lightening cuts (wood stocks without the lightening cuts also exist), and a trigger housing with lightening cuts. The yellow/green camouflage is applied in-factory.

The Owen Submachine Gun was an Australian submachine gun designed by Evelyn Owen during World War II. In trials, despite much political resistance, it managed to beat the Australian variant of the Sten, and was officially adopted by the Australian army. It notably had excellent reliability, due in part to a unique receiver layout that prevented nearly all dust, dirt, sand, etc. from entering the weapon's action. It was also considered to be an excellent weapon especially suited for jungle warfare, and remained in service throughout Korea and in Vietnam.


(1941 - 1945)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Weight: 9.28 lbs (4.21 kg)
  • Length: 31.7 in (80.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 9.72 in (24.7 cm)
  • Capacity: 33 rounds
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The Owen Submachine Gun has appeared in the following films and video games used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Cowra Breakout Alan David Lee Stan Davidson 1984
Tony Barry Sergeant Best
The Battle of Long Tan Australian soldiers 2006
Kokoda Australian soldiers 2010
The Railway Man Australian Paratroopers 2013
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan Australian soldiers 2019

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Date
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Owen Gun 2014
Day of Infamy "Owen Mk I" 2017
Rising Storm 2: Vietnam 2017

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