This is an excellent early production original Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachine gun that was developed in the early to mid 1970s that was owned by Fred L. Rexer Jr that is so marked. This model was originally developed for use Police and SWAT teams, that was eventually replaced with the HK MP5 and later the standard Colt M4 carbines. Similar in design and construction to the WWII STEN, they have a heavy gauge, round tube receivers with a perforated barrel jacket with a barrel nut on the end to allow easy barrel replacement. The right side of the trigger housing is hand stamped "FRED L. REXER JR./ATF 1207. Fred was a Vietnam combat veteran and author who wrote several early vault survivalist books in the 1970s and 80s. He is best known for being a technical consultant or contributor on several war movies; the most notable are "Apocalypse Now" (1979), "Extreme Prejudice" (1987) "Red Dawn" (1984) and "Conan the Barbarian" (1982). The left side of the receiver has the four line Smith & Wesson factory address and "SMITH & WESSON" on the side of the receiver. The right side magazine well has the standard large S&W intertwined factory logo, and "MODEL 76/ U 123" on the rear of the tube. It has an ambidextrous safety, fixed sights and a rubber covered folding steel wire stock. This lot comes with one original 30 round magazine.
Excellent with 98% of the original gray parkerized finish overall with only minor edge and high spot wear with some light cycling marks on the bolt. The black plastic grip is also in excellent condition with only minor handling marks/scratches on the sides. The rubber coating on the folding stock is completely intact. 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.
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