Kommando LDP

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Kommando Arms Land Defence Pistol
Type Submachine gun
Place of origin  Rhodesia
Service history
Wars Rhodesian Bush War
Production history
Manufacturer Lacoste Engineering, Kommando Arms
Produced Circa 1965-1979
Specifications
Weight 2.7kg

Cartridge 9x19mm Parabellum
Caliber 9mm
Action Blowback
Rate of fire Semi-automatic fire
Feed system Uzi type box magazines
Sights Iron

The Lacoste LDP (Land Defence Pistol) was a submachine gun of Rhodesian origin manufactured by Lacoste Engineering Company and designed by engineer Alex DuPlessis. It was sold during the Rhodesian Bush War (1965-1980) for use by white Rhodesian farmers to protect themselves.

It was nicknamed the "Rhuzi" due to its similarity to the IMI UZI, with the weapons sharing calibre, magazine style and external appearance. It looked very similar to the SA Vz. 25, except it had a green-painted metal shell instead of wooden furniture and had a sliding wire stock instead of the Vz.25's side-folding metal stock.

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The weapon was selective fire (safe, semi-auto, or full-auto) by means of a switch on the right side, above the trigger guard. The large, lever-like magazine catch was also on the weapon's right side. A grip safety was held down by the middle finger at the front of the pistol grip; releasing it raised a spur (the upper part of the two-pronged grip safety) that blocked the trigger from traveling completely backwards.

After the fall of Rhodesia, the weapon's manufacturer soon set up in South Africa as Kommando Arms Manufacturing Company (Pty Ltd.). The weapon was then renamed the Kommando LDP. There were also design modifications: the shell was now made of green polymer, the wire stock was now downward-folding, and the weapon's selector switch now had only two positions. It was made Safe (marked by a green circle inset with a black "S") by moving it completely to the rear or semi-auto only (marked by an orange circle) by moving it completely to the front.

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