In 1983, the LUSA-A2 SMG was
developed by INDEP Industries of Portugal who, at the time, was
manufacturing under license from H&K, the HK21 and the HK G3. Improvements
and modifications were a continuing process, culminating in 1992, and with a
development cost of 2.5 million dollars. The weapons are now used by the
Portuguese and three other European countries.
The Name LUSA is derived from
Lusitania, which is present day Portugal. Although designed as a military
weapon, the LUSA-A2 is well-suited for law enforcement. The trigger group is
nearly identical to that of the H&K MP-5 and the barrel is quick-change,
similar to the UZI. The bolt and carrier are one unit.
In 2004, INDEP sold all dies,
tooling, fixtures and manufacturing rights to group of well established
names in the firearms industry. Stan Andrewski, owner of Stan's Gunsmithing
for over 30 years in New Hampshire, Jerry Prasser, owner of Recon Ordnance
for 29 years in Wisconsin, and Ralph Demicco, owner of Riley's Gun Shop.
The company was named LUSA USA.
The LUSA has been approved by
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and is for sale as
a semi-automatic firearm to the civilian market. The amount of U.S.
manufactured compliant parts has met government requirements.
The selective-fire model is
available to Law Enforcement and government agencies, both foreign and
domestic. Class III dealers can obtain a LUSA-A2 for demonstration purposes
with the required LE demonstration letter.
Sight rails, folding stocks, and non-retractable stocks are now available.
Suppressors are available for the LUSA A2.