H052581 DEACTIVATED MP40 SUB-MACHINE GUN. (Untštig Maschinenpistole 40)

BACKGROUND: The development of a German sub-machine gun can be traced back to World War I when the requirements for a light weight quick firing close combat weapon which could be utilized by a single man was needed in the close quarter, static warfare of the trenches. The primary weapons of the time, the slow firing repeater rifle and the relatively immobile machine gun were found insufficient and the Spandau Rifle Testing Commission began research on developing a sub-machine gun in late 1915. In 1917 Hugo Schmeisser, then in the employ of the Theodor Bergmann Weapons factory in Suhl, developed the first German fully automatic sub-machine gun, designated the MP18/I, which was to be the forerunner of all the MPís to follow. The MP18/I was first saw active service in April 1918 being issued to storm-troopers and select NCOís. At the end of WWI the Treaty of Versailles forbid the German army from manufacturing or possessing any sub-machine guns and the remaining MP18/Iís were allocated to the German police. In spite of the ban on production the Bergmann factory continued to produce the MP18/I until 1920 at which time it granted a production licence to the Swiss Industrial Company in Neuhausen who continued to manufacture them through-out the 1920's. With the denouncement of the Treaty of Versailles and the beginning of conscription in March 1935 the MP18/Iís were distributed to army personnel, with a new stick magazine, and would be the main sub-machine gun until the development of the MP38 in August 1938. Further developments and improvements and the need for a cheaper mass produced weapon resulted in the introduction of the MP40 in April 1940. The fully automatic, blow back action, MP40 utilized a thirty-two cartridge stick magazine with the standard 9mm Parabellum cartridge and had a sustained rate of fire of three hundred fifty to four hundred rounds per minute.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Blued, machined tooled steel barrel and breech and stamped sheet metal construction MP40 with molded, mottled dark brown bakelite fittings. The weapon measure roughly, 61cm long with the retractable, swivel butt-stock in the closed position and roughly, 82cm long with the butt-stock in the extended position. The cylindrical breech casing has a smooth finish while the magazine receiver has five, embossed, horizontally aligned reinforcement ribs and also acts as the forward hand grip. The left side of the magazine receiver has a locking/release magazine push button which still functions. The left side of the breech has a milled, horizontal action groove with a vertical safety notch and a rear cut-out allowing the bolt to be locked in the pulled back position. The right side of the breech has a horizontally rectangular spent cartridge ejection window. The top of the breech housing has a "V" notched, dual range, flip-over leaf sight with a corresponding, circular, opened, "barleycorn" sight with a central sight guide to the top edge of the forward barrel. The forward tip of the barrel has an external threaded protective nut. The lower side panels of the breech have molded, mottled, dark brown bakelite fittings with a horizontally ribbed forward grip section. The breech disassembly nut is intact to the bottom of the forward breech housing. The sheet metal trigger guard, trigger and molded dark brown bakelite hand grips with horizontal ribbing for a secure grip are all intact. The two piece, tubular steel construction, retractable, swivel butt-stock has a cut-out, swivel, elongated, vertically oval shoulder butt to the extended end piece. The reverse of the breech housing has a locking push button for the retractable butt-stock which still functions. The reverse top edge of the breech housing has a diagonally angled, oval cut-out and the right side of the forward receiver has a raised, extended cut-out bar both designed to secure the carrying sling. Sling is present. The weapon is profusely marked with numerous stamped numerical and waffen-amt marks, as well as the designation, abbreviation "MP40", and the manufacturers code and date, "bnz 43"., indicating manufacture by Steyr-Daimler-Puch A.-G. Werk Steyr in 1943. Magazine is permanently pinned at 5 rounds as per Canadian law. The weapon is fully deactivated (cock but no click). The deactivation is irreversible and does not allow disassembly. Great mannequin display or re-enactors accessory.

Please note, due to Postal Regulations. De-activated firearms and Inert Ordnance may not be shipped outside of Canada.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $3,485.00

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