Smith & Wesson 76

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Smith & Wesson M76 - 9x19mm‎
Smith & Wesson M76 with stock extended - 9x19mm‎

The Smith & Wesson 76 submachine gun was originally developed by S&W for the U.S. Navy SEALS after Sweden imposed an arms embargo thereby depriving the SEALs of the Carl Gustaf M/45 (Swedish K) SMG. The Model 76 saw limited combat service in Vietnam and eventually S&W ceased production of the original weapon in 1974. Although the Model 76's military service was brief, it saw some popularity among Law Enforcement and civilian markets. Until the early 1980s, Smith & Wesson made a 16" barreled semiautomatic only carbine version of the same weapon for over the counter sales.

The M76, much like the M3 "Grease Gun", was designed (or rather the weapon that it is a clone of the C.Gustav M/45) to be an inexpensive wartime submachine gun. As a result, it was made of primarily rolled and stamped metal parts. Despite being inexpensive to mass produce, the M76 can be a very effective weapon, even when compared with today's much more advanced and expensive submachine guns. The M76's 9mm round is still the most common round used in submachine guns, however the biggest difference in the performance of the M76 and more modern options is accuracy. Due to advances in construction materials and design, today's submachine gun offer much more pinpoint accuracy with single shots, however with submachine guns controllability is the name of the game- as they were created for, and are most commonly deployed in, fully automatic/burst fire. Controllability is one of the strengths of the M76, as its 9mm round and cyclic rate of 600/rpm combine for a quite controllable weapon. Another advantage is the 20% increase in magazine capacity over most weapons of the type and caliber, which feed from 30 round double column box magazines, while the M76 feeds from a 36 round double column box magazine. While still a very effective weapon, there have been huge advances in weapons of the same type. In the 1980s two firms, MK Arms and Global Arms made variants of the M76 (called the Mk760) with minimal commercial success.



(1967 - 1974)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber(s): 9x19mm
  • Weight: 7.25 lbs (3.29 kg)
  • Length: 30.5 in (77.5 cm) with stock extended
  • Barrel length: 8 in (20.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 14, 25, 36
  • Cyclic Rate: 600 rds per/minute
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The Smith & Wesson 76 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Omega Man Charlton Heston Robert Neville 1971
The Omega Man Rosalind Cash Lisa . 1971
Hickey & Boggs Tom Signorelli Nick 1972
The Getaway Jim Kannon Cannon 1972
Prime Cut Lee Marvin Nick Devlin 1972
Across 110th Street Paul Benjamin Jim Harris 1972
Shaft's Big Score! A Gangster 1972
The Stone Killer Stuart Margolin Lawrence 1973
The Stone Killer Hunter von Leer Graham 1973
Cleopatra Jones Thug 1973
The Laughing Policeman Albert Paulsen Henry Camerero 1973
Magnum Force Kip Niven Officer Alan "Red" Astrachan 1973
Walking Tall Kenneth Tobey Augie McCullah 1973
Arch Johnson Buel Jaggers
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Robert Shaw Mr. Blue 1974
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Martin Balsam Mr. Green 1974
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Hector Elizondo Mr. Grey 1974
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Earl Hindman Mr. Brown 1974
Mr. Majestyk Mobsters 1974
Coonskin Prison guard 1974
Dog Day Afternoon John Cazale "Sal" With chopped barrel 1975
Shadows in an Empty Room (Una Magnum Special per Tony Saitta) Robbers 1976
The Gauntlet Hitmen 1977
Black Sunday Robert Shaw Major David Kabakov 1977
Black Sunday Fritz Weaver FBI agent Sam Corley 1977
Power Play Terrorists 1978
Power Play Soldiers 1978
The Survivors survivalist school students 1983
Exterminator 2 A thug 1984
Invasion USA Various terrorists Some with shortened barrels 1985
Hold-Up Montreal police 1985
Miami Supercops Terence Hill Doug Bennet 1985
Miami Supercops Delmann's henchmen 1985
Band of the Hand Al Shannon Dorcy . 1986
Last Action Hero Mobster at funeral 1993
Hollow Point Chinese Mafia 1996
We Own the Night NYPD ESU officers 2007
Street Kings Cle Shaheed Sloan Fremont 2008
The Dark Knight Heath Ledger The Joker 2008
Black Dynamite Henchmen 2009
Black Dynamite Michael Jai White Black Dynamite 2009
Elephant White in weapons cache, said to be used by Lee Marvin in Prime Cut 2010
Sinners and Saints gangster 2010
Sicario cartel gunman 2015


Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Miami Vice 1985
Miami Vice Sonny Landham Toad "Viking Bikers From Hell" 1986
The A-Team 1984-1989
Tour of Duty Ramon Franco Pvt. Ruiz 1989-1990
Hawaii Five-0 Thugs "La O Na Makuahine" (S3E01), "Hookman" (S3E15) 2012-2013

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Mafia III 2016

See Also

  • Smith & Wesson - A list of all firearms manufactured by Smith & Wesson.

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