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The American-180 is a submachine gun developed in the 1960s
                                                                                                American-180
which fires .22 LR cartridges from a pan magazine. The concept
began with the Casull Model 290 that used a flat pan magazine
similar to designs widely used prior to World War II. Only 80 Casull
M290s were built and the weapon was expensive to produce. The
American-180 is an improved version.                                        Type              Submachine gun

A semi-automatic only variant called the American SAR 180/275 is still      Place of origin        United States
produced on a custom basis by E&L Manufacturing of Riddle,                                         Austria

Oregon.[1]                                                                                    Production history
                                                                            Designer          Richard Casull
    Contents                                                                Manufacturer      Voere
 1 Operation                                                                                  Illinois Arms Company, Inc.
 2 See also                                                                                   American Arms International
 3 References                                                               Variants          Short barrel version
 4 External links                                                                             Semi-automatic-only version
                                                                                                Specifications
Operation                                                                   Weight               2.6 kg (5.7 lb) empty
                                                                                                 4.5 kg (10 lb) loaded with 177-
The weapon operates through a conventional blowback mechanism. It
                                                                                                 round magazine
uses an open bolt with a flat pan magazine. It fires at a relatively high
                                                                            Length            900 mm (35.5 in)
rate of fire of around 1,200 RPM. The American-180 was purchased
                                                                            Barrel length        470 mm (18.5 in)
mostly by private parties prior to the American ban on production of
machine guns for the US civilian market. The A180 was adopted by                                 229 mm (9 in) (short barrel)
the Utah Department of Corrections to arm prison guards.[2][3]
                                                                            Cartridge         .22 LR
Despite the relatively low power of the .22 LR round, testing                                 .22 Short Magnum
demonstrated that automatic fire could penetrate even concrete and          Action            blowback, open bolt
bulletproof vests from cumulative damage. However, the target would         Rate of fire      1200 round/min
have to remain still for an improbable amount of time to allow the          Feed system       165, 177, 220, or 275 round
cumulative damage to amass in the same area to achieve this.                                  detachable pan magazine
                                                                            Sights            Fixed open sights, Factory-installed
See also                                                                                      laser sights

   MGV-176
   Neal submachine gun, a 5 barrel machine gun developed during the 1940s.

References
   1. ^ http://www.elmfg.com/am180/accessor/sar180.html
   2. ^ "The American 180" . Machine Gun News. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
   3. ^ Mendenhall, Monty (March 1998). "Cheap Thrills—22 Rimfire Machine Guns". Small Arms Review.

External links
   User Manual
   Modern Firearms: American-180 submachine gun


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