It's weird the things you discover when looking up stuff for a fic.
I mean, take today. I was looking up, randomly, the proper name for the strap that affixes the P90 to a TAC vest (it's not called a strap, btw, it's a sling, see what I mean?) and in doing so I discovered some very good reasons why the SGC might want to use the P90 as opposed to other rifles.
I mean, looking at it, the P90 isn't much. It's only a personal defence weapon - it was originally designed for use by military truck drivers, mechanics, and the like (soldiers who weren't meant to be on the front lines, and who only operate weapons occasionally). It doesn't have the stopping power of an assault rifle, which is what you'd think somebody would want when going up against an enemy like the goa'uld or Wraith.
But, despite this, the P90 is used by special forces all around the world. Which is something.
It's specifically designed not to catch on your uniform. It's relatively lightweight, and has a fixed stock that makes it easily portable and just as easily accessed. And it's fully ambidextrous, meaning that right and left handed people can use it without ANY modification. It has a weird shape, but it's specifically designed to be ergonomic - which I guess is important for long fire-fights. It's also relatively short in length, meaning it can be used in tight corners (and armoured vehicles) with ease. Most importantly, it requires almost no maintenance.
So you've gotta give the writers props. They gave their teams a real world weapon that's almost perfectly designed for the situations their put in. Highly trained marines and aliens who've never seen a gun before can both use a P90 with ease.
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