a M-11 type "MAC"?
M-11 family of firearms are crude by any standard.
Lets face it, the sights
suck, almost no ergonomics to speak of, the trigger
is terrible, and it's heavy for a gun of that size.
With that said, the best
reason I can find to own one is they are "FUN"
& “I WANT ONE”!
The brightest beacon
of hope for the M-11 family is the SWD M-11/NINE, with the SWD M11A1 as a close second. They
are the “Barbie”of the NFA world in that
you can “accessorize” them into several
different flavors of machine gun using just one lower.
They are probably the
best choice for those of us on a budget that would like
to enter the NFA world. Other then the M-16, I can think
of no other NFA weapon that has the same level of customizability.
If you can’t own
or afford a NFA MAC then any of the numerous semi-auto clones
out there can provide you with a fun blaster that holds
twice as many rounds as an average pistol, which can
help fulfill that Rambo urge.
What gun enthusiast doesn’t
want to own a gun specifically named by the liberals
in all those anti-gun bills?
I bought a M-11
sole reason I got a M-11/NINE wasn’t because of
investment. I was looking for the best bang for my buck
and the M-11/NINE gave me several different SMG “personalities”
in one package for under $5,000 (including several uppers,
tons of magazines, suppressors, and optics). I had originally
saved up cash to get a full size UZI but while researching
online about the M-11/NINE I noticed how much potential
it had because the upper can be replaced like the M-16.
Still not completely
sold on a M-11/NINE I took the time to try out a friend's
Vector UZI a few more times and do some more research
on them. Since I was concerned about getting my money's
worth I realized other than speeding it up, slowing
it down, and a new set of optics, I would be limited
by the UZI's design (not saying the UZI design is bad,
in fact it is one of the best) which is not easily modified or accessorized.
But after shooting a M-11/NINE
with a good upper and a slow-fire conversion I was sold!!
Now I have one SMG that
has a potential to have multiple different personalities.
- Stock M-11/NINE or M11A1 –
- M-11/NINE or M11A1 with LAGE's
MAX-11 – Refined SMG
- M-11/NINE with LAGE’s
22lr upper – Cheap Shooter.
- M-11/NINE or M11A1 with LAGE's MAX-31 upper
– Reliable drum-fed upper, enough to fill that Thompson urge while also serving
as an outstanding platform for subgun competitions
- M-11/NINE with 5.56/.223 upper from Alliance Armament (company now defunct) or the soon-to-be-released MAX-11/15 by Lage Manufacturing.
– Lowest cost way to go true .223 full auto.