For those interested in a low recoil, high-rate-of-fire submachinegun (SMG) that is readily silenced, inexpensive to operate and deadly, the MGV-176 SMG from the former Yugoslavia, was made to order. The .22 Long Rifle cartridge is the most available and least expensive round on the scene today, and the MGV-176 is capable of consuming blocks of .22 LR—to the tune of 1,200 to 1,600 rounds per minute!

"But officer, I was only shooting cans," won't get you an out of jail pass.

If you are in the market for an MGV-176, you won't be able to purchase one in the U.S. Your best chance of locating one of these babies, assuming you can get one back into the States is to travel to Slovenia where they are reportedly still being made, or head to Switzerland where automatic weapons laws are less stringent than here at home.

The MGV-176 looks like the American-made, American-180 SMG in .22 LR. It was made in Yugoslavia until the late 1970s. Today, it is produced by Orbis in Slovenia.

This gun is all about overkill. Pull down on a target with one of these babies and you can empty the 161-round flat-pan magazine in no time flat. Or, assuming you are not in a hurry, you can take your time and fill your target with lead using single shots.

Not intended for long distance plinking, this SMG is good to about 200 feet.

The MGV-176 is a blowback operated selective-fired weapon that fires from the open bolt. Single shot or automatic fire is controlled by trigger pressure. A short SMG, it is just 18.9 inches long, with an odd-looking steel wire shoulder stock that folds tucked up beneath the gun. Extended, the MGV-176 is slightly longer than 31 inches.

With a polymer receiver and pistol grip, it weighs just 3.99 pounds without the magazine, 7.5 pounds with a loaded magazine (the cover is made of see-through plastic).

The MGV-176 accommodates a very nasty silencer, making it extremely stealthy.

This SMG saw action in Bosnia.

It has been exported.

With no significant recoil the MGV-176 is definitely not your grandfather's .22.