Steyr MPi 69

The Steyr MPi 69 is a 9×19mm submachine gun of the late 20th century made by the Austrian firm Steyr.

MPi 69
TypeSubmachine gun
Place of originAustria
Service history
Used bySee Users
WarsSalvadoran Civil War
Production history
VariantsMPi 81
Mass3.13 kg (6.90 lb)
Length670 mm (26.4 in) stock extended
465 mm (18.3 in) stock collapsed
Barrel length260 mm (10.2 in)

Cartridge9×19mm Parabellum
Rate of fireMPi 69: 550 rounds/min, MPi 81: 700 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity381 m/s (1,250 ft/s)
Effective firing range150 m
Feed system25 or 32-round detachable box magazine
SightsFore, blade; rear, flip aperture
326 mm (12.8 in) sight radius


The MPi 69 is shaped much like other telescoping bolt submachineguns, such as the MAC 10 or Uzi. It has a vertical pistol handgrip into which the magazine is inserted, and a longer horizontal front grip area ; it also has a folding stock.

Featuring a design unusual among modern submachine guns, the MPi 69 is cocked by a dual-purpose lever also used as the front sling attachment point. The forward handgrip and vertical pistol handgrip are all one large plastic molding, forming the front and center bottom part of the weapon. The receiver proper is a square metal tube which partly nestles inside the plastic handgrip.

Production Status

In 1990, the MPi 81 was replaced by the TMP in the product line, though the TMP was also discontinued by Steyr, who sold the design to Brügger & Thomet and improved as the Brügger & Thomet MP9.


MPi 81

  • The MPi 81 is a more modern, product improved version of the MPi 69 introduced in 1981. It has a conventional cocking handle on the left side of the receiver and other minor improvements, including an increased firing rate of 700 rpm. A "Loop Hole" model meant to function as a port firing weapon was also made, fitted with an AUG optic and a longer barrel with a fitting for a firing port.


See also


  1. Jones, Richard D. Jane's Infantry Weapons 2009/2010. Jane's Information Group; 35 edition (January 27, 2009). ISBN 978-0-7106-2869-5.


  • Crawford, Steve (2003). Twenty-first Century Small Arms: The World's Great Infantry Weapons. St. Paul, MN: Zenith Imprint. ISBN 978-0-7603-1503-3.
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