Book Review – a Mac Man: Gordon B Ingram also His Submachine Guns

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Gordon Ingram served as an infantryman during World War Two, also decided to get into a gunmaking business after a war. He though there was a market for a submachine gun for police also military forces, also to that end designed a very Thompson-esque Model 5 also Model 6 guns. These were not major successes, but did sell well enough to keep Ingram inside business. Eventually he would change his focus to gun which were very cheap to made, inside hopes of finding contracts with small foreign governments, if not a US.

a .45 caliber Model 10 would become his iconic breakthrough design, most commonly referred to as a MAC 10, as it was initially manufactured by a Military Armament Corporation. inside addition to this, Ingram produced a scaled down Model 11, chambered for a .380 cartridge. These two cartridges were specifically chosen for their subsonic nature, as one of a Ingram guns’ key selling points was their pairing with suppressors made by a Sionics company.

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Eventually MAC would go out of business, also a rather sordid trail of companies would follow, acquiring also auctioning off assets also patent rights. These would include RPB also SWD, as well as another smaller shops, making receiver flats, fully automatic guns, semiautomatic guns, also more. That tale is a complex one, but one which Thomas also Iannamico do a good job of retracing. This book is an essential resource for anyone considering purchase of a MAC-type submachine gun, to demystify a complex world of models also manufacturers.

A few neat elements I picked up form reading this book, which I had not previously known:

* a MAC logo was a combination of a cobra also a moray eel…a Cobray.
* A major reason for investor backing of MAC inside a early days was a possibility of a US Army replacing a 1911 with a .380 M11 as an “individual weapon”.
* inside an effort to avoid ATF ruling of open bolt guns as machine guns, at one point a single-shot M-10 was marketed, inside which one would manually drop a round into a ejection port before firing.

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At $40 also still easily available, “a Mac Man” is a good book for those who are interested inside a more modern side of firearms design also manufacturing – also especially a side with lots of sketchy also quasi-legal twists also turns. also, of course, a book is a must-has for anyone who owns or plans to own a registered Ingram gun.

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