Cobra submachine gun

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Type carbine
Service history
Used by Rhodesian farmers and landowners
Wars Rhodesian Bush War
Production history
Designer Tommy Steele and Bruce Whyte[1]
Manufacturer Stellyte Arms Company, Livingston Mint, Matthews Manufacturing, Bulawayo Armoury[1]
Unit cost $500
Produced 1977-1979[1]
Number built ~2,500[1]
Weight 2.27 kg
Length 670 mm (extended stock) / 425 mm (folded stock)
Barrel length 260 mm

Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum
Caliber 9mm
Action delayed blowback, closed bolt[1]
Rate of fire semi-automatic fire
Feed system 25-round box magazines (Uzi type)
Sights iron sights

The Cobra carbine is a 9mm folding-stocked semi-automatic weapon of Rhodesian origin manufactured during the Rhodesian Bush War era. The weapon looks like a mix of the Ingram MAC-11's receiver; the Uzi's pistol grip, forend, and folding stock; and a shortened version of the L2 Sterling Machine Carbine's shrouded barrel cooling jacket.

It was intended as a self-defense for white Rhodesian farmers.[2] After some delays Stellyte Arms Company started the manufacture of the carbines in 1977, subcontractors included Livingston Mint, Matthews Manufacturing and Bulawayo Armoury. After a month Stellyte went into liquidation, the production was then taken over by the Bulawayo Armoury, which continued to produce the carbines until 1979. After the production ended Slektarev Engineering (later known as Crusader Engineering) bought all of remaining parts. Around 2,500 of the carbines were produced.[1] The weapon was presented to public in April 1977 during Trade Fair Rhodesia exhibition at Bulawayo Armoury stand. There was also a selective fire model developed for military, capable of firing at 450-500 rpm.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Rhodesian Services Association Incorporated. November 2010". Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "9mm "Cobra" hand carbine". Retrieved 15 December 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ Zimbabwe Briefing 6: 15. 1977. 

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