M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun"

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M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP. The later model M3A1 would eliminate the crank lever for cocking the bolt, and instead used a simple hole in the bolt for the shooter to use their finger.
M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP

M3/M3A1: Although there have been quantum leaps in submachine gun construction and design since the early 1940's(when the M3/M3A1 was designed), the M3/M3A1 is still one of the most effective weapons of its type. Due to the large .45 ACP caliber round the M3/M3A1 fires and its simple construction with stamped/pressed steel it is very reliable, extremely simple to operate, compact, has .45 caliber knockdown power, relatively high controllability on full auto due to decreased cyclic rate of fire, simple to fix and maintain, cheap to manufacture and very easily suppressed and/or converted to 9X19mm. (all of this appealed to many in the early special forces and paratrooper communities). The compact size, reliability, and stopping power of this weapon kept it in service with the U.S. for decades after WW2 (particularly among armored vehicle crews up until the introduction of the M4 carbine), and it is still used in some countries into the 21st century.




Type: Submachine Gun

Caliber: .45 ACP (11.43x23mm ACP), 9x19mm

Capacity: 30-round detachable box magazine

Fire Modes: Full-Auto fire only (350–450 rounds/min cyclic)

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

The M3 M3A1 "Grease Gun" Submachine Gun is used in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Most Wanted Man (L'Ennemi public No 1) Fallone's henchmen M3 1953
China Gate Gene Barry Sergeant Brock M3 1957
Nat "King" Cole Goldie
Five Gates to Hell Dolores Michaels Athena Roberts M3 1959
Patricia Owens Joy
Neville Brand Chen Pamok
Ken Scott Dr. John Richter
Nancy Kulp Sister Susette
Nobu McCarthy Chioko
Benson Fong Gung Sa
John Morley Dr. Jacques Minelle
Shirley Knight Sister Maria
Greta Chi Yvette
Vietnamesse guerillas
Hell Is for Heroes Steve McQueen Reese M3 1962
Battle of the Bulge George Montgomery Sgt. Duquesne M3 1965
None But the Brave Sammy Jackson Cpl. Craddock M3 1965
None But the Brave Brad Dexter Sgt. Bleeker M3 1965
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) OAS members 1965
Is Paris Burning? A French Resistance fighter M3 1966
The Dirty Dozen Lee Marvin Major Reisman M3; with and without "jungle-taped" magazines 1967
Stuart Cooper Roscoe Lever
Al Mancini Tassos Bravos
Richard Jaeckel Sgt. Clyde Bowren
Telly Savalas Archer Maggot
Donald Sutherland Pinkley
Ben Carruthers Glenn Gilpin
Charles Bronson Joseph Wladislaw
Jim Brown Jefferson
John Cassavetes Victor Franko
German soldier
Sorrel Flower (Fleur d'oseille) Bob Sissa "The Musician" 1967
Operation Kid Brother Neil Connery Dr. Neil Connery M3 1967
Operation Kid Brother THANATOS guards M3 1967
Operation Kid Brother Allied Intelligence agents M3 1967
Dark of the Sun Kenneth More Doc Wreid 1968
Dark of the Sun Peter Carsten Lt. Henlein 1968
Dark of the Sun Olivier Despax Lt. Surrier 1968
Machine Gun McCain Gangsters 1969
Five for Hell Aldo Canti Nick Amadori M3 1969
Five for Hell Salvatore Borghese Al Siracusa M3; With "jungle-taped" magazines 1969
Five for Hell Samson Burke Sgt. McCarthy M3 1969
Five for Hell Luciano Rossi Johnny White M3 1969
The Mechanic Bodyguards M3 1972
Gang War in Naples Vincenzo Falanga Pietravalle's henchman M3 1972
The Mechanic 1972
The Violent Professionals Bruno Corazzari The blond robber M3 1973
The Violent Professionals Bruno Boschetti The bearded robber M3 1973
Rabid Dogs Don Backy "Blade" M3 1974
Emergency Squad (Squadra volante) Gastone Moschin Marsigliese M3 1974
Gambling City Criminals M3 1975
The Eagle Has Landed Army Ranger 1976
The Muthers Rosanne Katon Anggie M3 1976
The Muthers Pirates 1976
Sky Riders Terrorists 1976
Greek Army
Go Tell the Spartans Burt Lancaster MAJ Asa Barker M3 1978
G.I. Samurai Shin'ichi Chiba Lt. Yoshiaki Iba 1979
jsdf members
From Hell to Victory US Army soldiers 1979
Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Tsunehiko Watase Makoto Sakuma Flashpaper replica 1981
Yuki Kazamatsuri Mayumi Sandaiji
Hiroko Yakushimaru Izumi Hoshi
Oasis of the Zombies Eduardo Fajardo Colonel Kurt Meitzell 1982
Attack Force Z Mel Gibson Cpt. P.G. Kelly M3A1; With suppressor 1982
Attack Force Z Sam Neill Sgt. D.J. Costello M3A1; With suppressor 1982
Attack Force Z John Phillip Law Lt. J.A. Veitch M3A1; With suppressor 1982
Attack Force Z Chris Haywood Able Seaman A.D. Bird M3A1; With suppressor 1982
Attack Force Z John Waters Ted King M3A1; With suppressor 1982
Never Say Never Again U.S. Navy SEALs 1983
Jungle Warriors Nina van Pallandt Joanna Quinn M3; With suppressor 1984
Jungle Warriors Emilio Messina Mastranga's bodyguard M3; With suppressor 1984
The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent (La vengeance du serpent à plumes) Mexican soldiers M3; fitted with perforated barrel shroud 1984
Def-Con 4 Survivalist 1985
Commando Leopard Rebels 1985
The Sicilian Christopher Lambert Salvatore Giuliano M3 1987
The Sicilian John Turturro Aspanu Pisciotta M3 1987
The Sicilian Carabiniers, soldiers, outlaws M3 1987
The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission Alex Cord Dravko Demchuk M3 1988
Last Action Hero Thug M3A1 1993
Dead Presidents Bokeem Woodbine Cleon M3A1 1995
Payback Chinese Mobsters M3 1998
Ticker Terrorists M3A1 2001
Sniper 3 Seen on wall 2004
Smokin' Aces Kevin Durand Jeeves Tremor 2006
Smokin' Aces Chris Pine Darwin Tremor 2006
Assembly (Ji jie hao) Communist soldier M3 2007
Street Kings Common Coates M3A1 2008
Inglorious Basterds American soldier 2009
Red and White (Merah Putih) Dutch soldier M3 2009
Brother's War U.S. Army Soldier 2009
The Marine 2 Arms Dealers 2009
Black Dynamite Tommy Davison Cream Corn M3 2009
Elephant White M3A1, said to be used by Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen 2010
There Be Dragons Spanish Nationalist soldiers 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger Kenneth Choi Jim Morita . 2011
Gangster Squad Holt McCallany Lennox . 2013
Fury (2014) Logan Lerman Norman Ellison M3A1 2014


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Band of Brothers Craig Heaney Pvt. Roy Cobb 2001
Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg Sgt. C. Carwood Lipton 2001
Tour of Duty Stan Foster Sgt. Marvin Johnson 1987 - 1989

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Release Date
Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines "Submachine Gun" 1998
Fallout 2 1998
Day of Defeat 2000
Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix with muzzle brake 2002
Forgotten Hope 2003
Vietcong 2003
Shellshock Nam '67 "The Greaser" 2004
Call of Duty 2 multiplayer mode only 2005
Condemned: Criminal Origins "Submachine Gun" with the barrel and sights of a Carl Gustav M/45 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 2005
Elite Warriors Vietnam 2005
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 2006
The Suffering: Ties That Bind w/ custom flash suppressor 2006
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway 2008
7.62 High Calibre w/ various attachments 2008
Mafia II 2010
Fallout: New Vegas "9mm SMG" 2010
Project Reality: Falklands "PAM1" Used by Argentinian faction 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam Incorrectly ejects rifle casings 2012
Project Reality: Normandy As the "Greasegun" 2013


Character Film Title Note Date
Outlaw Burn-Up W 1996
Fuyuki Najica Blitz Tactics 2001
Yakuza gang Black Lagoon 2003
Desert Punk 2004
Rin Haruna Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C³ M3A1, airsoft 2013

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