German MP40 by Steyr
C&R German MP40
The German MP-40
This German MP40 was manufactured by the Steyr factory in 1941. The MP40 SMGs were highly prized as war trophies during WWII and are even more desirable today.
Historically these have been called a “Schmeisser” due to the allies misconceptions of the origins of the design; however, they were actually identified by the Germans as a “Machine Pistol” hence the “MP” model designation based on the fact that they fired a 9mm Parabellum cartridge.
They are a blow-back weapon that fires from an open bolt at a cyclic rate of approximately 500 rpm. They were produced by three primary companies (Steyr, Erma, and C. G. Haenel) from 1940 through late 1945. They used numerous subcontracted parts to help speed up production, allowing over 1 million MP-40s to be produced before the end of the war. German MP40
This is an early production model that is marked on the rear receiver cap: “MP 40/bnz 41”. It has the standard stamped sheet metal receiver with the earlier pattern smooth magazine housing with the machined bolt and barrel assembly. The major components are all stamped with the main serial number with the various other smaller parts stamped with a derivative of that like “57”.
It is fitted with the traditional dark red bakelite grips and lower receiver cover. This MP40 is complete with one original WWII loading tool and seven (total) MP40 type 30 round magazines; five that are of post war manufacture and two original WWII magazines.
The original ones are dated 1941 and 1943 with appropriate Waffenamt proofs. It also comes with a WWII leather K98 rifle sling. These weapons were widely used throughout all of WWII by all German forces, so much so that if you look at any picture or news reel footage from WWII you will probably see someone using an MP-40. German MP40
The bakelite (plastic) components are all in fine condition showing light wear and handling marks from use during the war. It does not appear to be a reactivated weapon; however, the front area of the receiver, barrel nut and sling collar all have wrench marks on the sides where they were removed and reinstalled damaging the small metal shim between the barrel nut and sling collar.
Also it appears the magazine housing was removed at some point as the cross pin was not reinstalled completely/correctly.
NOTE: This item is restricted as a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a “Curios or Relic” as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.
Overall about 85% original bluing some loss on the right side of the receiver and folding stock. Some scuffs on the beautiful brown Bakelite furniture but overall terrific furniture.
All matching including firing pin but not the barrel rest which is unmarked. Bore is very good+. Some “bite” marks on the barrel nut. I did my best to show all imperfections in the photos below.
This is an excellent all matching original finish C&R MP40.
Gun includes one original magazine and sling
C&R German MP40
The German MP-40