New for 2019: LWRCI SMG-45

posted on July 17, 2019

LWRCI released its first pistol-caliber carbine in 2019: the SMG-45. This new SMG-style firearm combines LWRCI’s experience with the AR platform with an innovative delayed-blowback/short-recoil operating system which delivers a unique pistol-caliber carbine shooting experience.

“We listened closely to shooters, operators and customers throughout the development of this exciting new platform for LWRCI,” says David Ridley, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “The SMG is truly a ‘Step-Up’ pistol-caliber carbine that offers our customers innovative features and comfortable ergonomics in a compact package.”

The LWRCI SMG-45 uses magazines for the UMP SMG, but the the SMG-45 is a completely new PCC in .45 ACP that features many of the same controls and attributes found on the AR-15 platform to deliver the high performance that discerning shooters demand.

Constructed of advanced aluminum and steel alloys, the SMG-45 is built to last. The SMG-45 features include a fully-ambidextrous lower receiver with AR-style controls for the safety and bolt catch/release, a paddle magazine release, a LWRCI Ultra Combat Grip and an LWRCI Enhanced Fire Control Group. The upper receiver includes an 8.5-inch cold-hammer-forged CrMoV steel barrel, LWRCI’s Modular Rail System and Magpul MBUS Pro sights.

The initial configuration for the SMG-45 is a pistol that is equipped with the SB Tactical SBTi folding brace. The SMG-45 also ships with two 25-round magazines.

LWRCI SMG-45 Features

Fully Ambidextrous lower controls, including the AR safety selector, bolt catch, grip and fully ambidextrous mag release
SB Tactical Folding Subgun Brace with LWRCI Adapter.
8.5-inch Cold Hammer-Forged Chromoly steel barrel
User-Configurable rail system - including Picatinny segments, sling adapters, polymer rail panels, offset mount
LWRCI Rail Panels at 3-, 6-, and 9-o'clock with a hand stop on the 6 o'clock rail.
Improved LWRCI Advanced Fire Control Group
Ships with two US-manufactured UMP 25-round magazines
Lower capacity magazines are available to comply with state or local jurisdictions.
LWRCI Ultra Combat Grip
LWRCI Advanced Trigger Guard
Magpul MBUS Pro Back Up Sights
Reversible, non reciprocating, folding charging handle

MSRP for the LWRCi SMG-45 is $2,995, and more information is available at



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