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Old September 21st, 2008, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by tbeard1999 View Post
I'd include barrel length as a significant characteristic. SMGs would be 5.5-10.5"; Carbines would be 13-18"; assault rifles would be 19-22"; and rifles would be 24"+.

And even though some fire pistol ammo, the performance would be significantly enhanced due to the much longer barrel length.
I completely agree, an smg should do more damage/have greater penetration than a pistol firing the same round.

It's just the whole carbine/smg debate is more due to historical marketing than actual military classification.

Take the tommy gun, smg or carbine? Compare it with the semi-auto M1 - which interestingly enough was required as a pistol replacement for second line troops.
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