The Steyr MPi 69 (Maschinen Pistole 1969) was an Austrian submachine gun designed by Hugo Stowasser in the 1960s and produced by Steyr-Daimler-Puch from 1969 to 1990.


The MPi 69 appeared in 1969 for military export and commercial sale, marketed as simply the "Steyr Submachine Gun". The weapon was originally delivered as standard armament on the SK-105 Kürassier light tank, but was reassigned to the Jagdkommando some time after. In 1981, a modified variant known as the MPi 81 was introduced; it was discontinued in 1990 when the Steyr TMP was introduced.[1]

Design DetailsEdit

The MPi 69 is an Uzi-styled submachine gun feeding from 25- or 32-round detachable box magazines inserted into the grip. The MPi 69 is unique that the charging handle of the weapon also acts as the front sling attachment point, so the weapon can be charged by simply yanking the weapon away from them, provided a sling is attached. The later MPi 81 however ditches this feature entirely, instead opting for a normal side-mounted charging handle instead.[2]

The weapon's receiver is made of bent and welded sheet steel and is carried in a steel frame unit with a molded nylon covering. The weapon itself has a wraparound bolt similar to that of an Uzi. A bracket is mounted on the top of the charging handle, which ensures that the charging handle can only be moved when the attached sling is held at a right-hand angle to that of the receiver. A crossbolt safety is also present which also acts as the fire selector; the weapon is noted as having a two-stage trigger similar to that on the Steyr AUG.[3]


MPi 81

Modernized variant with side-mounted charging handle.

A port firing version is also said to exist. It is said to be fitted with a longer barrel and the Swarovski optic from a Steyr AUG.[4]



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