SITES Spectre submachine gun (Italy)

The SITES Spectre submachine gun was developed by Italian company SITES in the mid-1980s. Spectre submachine gunwas designed primarily for close combat, anti-terror or police operations thatrequire compact size, instant firepower at the short ranges and safety of operations. A civilian, semi-automatic version was also offered for sale. However, for variety of reasons, this gun was not so popular and it production ceased during 1990s.

 

SITES Spectre submachine gun
SITES Spectre submachine gun

SITES Spectre submachine gun uses simple blowback action. It fires from the closed bolt, an is a hammer-fired. The trigger group is more similar to handguns, than to a typical submachine gun – it is Double Action without manual safety but with decocker. So, Spectre submachine gun could be carried with loaded chamber and hammer down and then fired immediately simply by pressing the trigger. The receiver of the Spectre is made from stamped steel. The bolt is so designed that it acts as an air pump to push air through barrel shroud and provide additional cooling for the barrel and action (very useful when firing long bursts). Spectre has top-folding stock and optional polymer forward handle. It uses high-capacity, four column magazines for increased firepower.

 

Caliber: 9x19mm Luger/Para
Weight: 2,9 kg
Lenght (stock closed/open): 350 / 580 mm
Barrel lenght: 130 mm
Rate of fire: 850 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 or 50 rounds
Effective range: 50 meters