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Steyr MP 34

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Steyr-Solothurn S1-100, model MP 34
Steyr-Solothurn S1-100 with bayonet
Unloaded Steyr-Solothurn S1-100, model MP 30

The Steyr-Solothurn S1-100, better known under its Austrian military designation, MP 34 (Maschinenpistole 34, literally "Machine Pistol 34"), is a Swiss-Austrian submachine gun produced by Steyr-Solothurn A.G. The S1-100 was based on the Rheinmetall MP 19, an experimental German submachine gun design developed by Louis Stange. Unlike other contemporary submachine gun designs, such as the MP 28, the S1-100's recoil spring was housed in the buttstock, and acted against a long rod attached to the rear of the bolt. The receiver was also unusual for the period, as it was built with a hinged cover that could be lifted open to expose the bolt without having to remove it. Typically, the S1-100 featured a proprietary magazine charger built onto the top face of the magwell, although this was not present on examples made in certain non-standard calibers. Made to a generally excellent standard, the S1-100 is often regarded as one of the best submachine guns from the interwar period, earning it the sobriquet "Rolls Royce of submachine guns".

The S1-100 was widely offered for export in many different calibers. In 1930, the Austrian police purchased the S1-100 in 9x25mm Mauser as the "MP 30". Four years later, the Austrian army adopted the S1-100 as the "MP 34", chambered in 9x23mm Steyr. Japan adopted the S1-100 in 7.63x25mm Mauser as the "Type Su" (for "Steyr"), and Portugal adopted it in 7.65x22mm Parabellum as the "m/935". A small number of South American contract guns were made in .45 ACP. When Germany annexed Austria in 1938, Steyr rebarreled many existing S1-100s into 9x19mm Parabellum, which were issued by the Germans as the MP 34(ö) ("ö" for "österreichisch", "Austrian"). Some of these 9x19mm guns were also exported for a second Portuguese contract in 1942.


(1929 - 1940)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum, 9x23mm Steyr, 9x25mm Mauser, 7.63x25mm Mauser, .45 ACP, 7.65x22mm Parabellum
  • Weight: 9.4 lbs (4.25 kg)
  • Length: 33.5 in (85 cm)
  • Barrel length: 7.9 in (20 cm)
  • Capacity: 20 or 32
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto/Full-Auto

The Steyr MP 34 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
Sky Riders Greek soldiers 1976
The Mummy Returns Patricia Velasquez Meela Nais 2001
Reign of Fire A Refugee 2002
The Pianist A German Medic and SS soldiers 2002
Hot Fuzz Billie Whitelaw Joyce Cooper 2007
Olivia Colman Sandford. PC Doris Thatcher
Shanghai Japanese Kempeitai officers 2010
Allied Philippe Spall "Monet" 2016


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note/Episode Air Date
The Rat Patrol German soldiers 1966-1968
Nancy Wake Frank Gallacher Colonel Émile Coulaudon 1987
Babylon Berlin - Season 2 Ivo Pietzcker Moritz Rath 2017
Peter Kurth Bruno Wolter

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Forgotten Hope 2 "Steyr MP34" 2007
Darkest of Days "MP-34" w/ Trommelmagazin 08 2009
Deadfall Adventures "MP-34" 2013
Far Cry 4 "MP34" depicted as closed-bolt 2014
Heroes & Generals "Maschinenpistole 34" 2016
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End "MP34A" Uses an AK casket magazine 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades MP34 2016
Call of Duty: WWII "Soggy" shortened, with elements of a MP 28/II; cosmetic weapon variant of "Waffe 28" 2017
Far Cry 5 MP34 depicted as closed-bolt 2018
Squad 44: Letters From The Front "MP34(ö)" Introduced in Plan Jaune update 2018
Battlefield V "MP34" 2018
Far Cry 6 2021
Enlisted "MP 34(o)" MP34(ö) 2021
"S1-100" Japanese-contract S1-100, w/ SG 84/98 III bayonet

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