I was an admirer of the small metal gun. A simple question here for all the old gits. How was the SMG actually used in your unit? My experience was that it was only ever fired at SAA contests, that is single shot, standing at 25 yards. The sights were set for 100 or 200 yards, so did anyone actually get to fire it at 200 yards? Or even 100? Did anyone fire it from any position other than standing, i.e., prone, kneeling, from a trench? Did anyone ever get to fire it on automatic? Did anyone ever do the energetic leaping around stuff between standing and kneeling, that we did with SLRs, while using the SMG, or shoot a falling plate contest with one? Now that would have been interesting. Were there any standing orders against such activities involving SMGs and live rounds? It isnt hard to anticipate some dullard tripping whilst having a full auto ND, taking out the entire range party. The 25 yards range seems to have given rise to the myth that the 9mm bullet fell harmlessly to the ground at 30 yards and/or was incapable of penetrating wet tissue paper. Sterlings first SMG, the Mk 1 Lanchester, had adjustable sights that apparently went up to (a madly optimistic) 600 yards; Id suspect that the sight was nicked from some Lee Enfield, rather than being purpose made. Similarly, the shooting team resented the open bolt design that meant there was a steel billet rattling down the tube between squeezing the trigger and firing. The thing was designed for the military equivalent of a bar fight, not for Bisley. On exercises, since there was no 9mm blank issued, an SMG was as welcome as a concrete 66mm. So, your recollections please. Anyone mentioning wet blankets will have sharp objects shoved into a wax voodoo image of their wrinkled bodies.