Sanna 77

The Sanna-77 (from South Africa) is the end of a line of submachine guns which can trace their existence and lineage to the days of Rhodesia and their Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965.

Country Name Origin Year
South Africa 1970
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) 1964 1979 View

The Sanna-77 was of all metal construction, unlike the plastic framed Kommando LDP, and has the magazine in the grip and a folding metal stock. The front sight was hooded and the cocking handle located high on the left side of the receiver. The Sanna-77 is not really a submachine gun, being made for civilian use only and therefore, due to legal restrictions, only available in the semi-auto mode of fire. It is therefore better termed a pistol-caliber carbine rather than a submachine gun. Some claim that the Sanna-77 was not a new firearm but actually simply a refurbished version of the Czechoslovak CZ-25 submachine gun which was designed, manufactured and used by the Czechoslovak Army in the early 1950s.

Type Submachine gun / Land Defence Pistol
Place of origin Rhodesia

South Africa
Service history
Wars Rhodesian Bush War

Soweto Uprising
Production history
Designed 1970s
Produced 1977–1980
Weight 2.8 kg
Length 450 mm (650 mm with open stock)
Barrel length 290 mm
Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
Caliber 9×19mm Parabellum
Rate of fire Single shots
Feed system 40-round box magazine

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