This is an excellent example of an original WWII German MP40 Submachine gun as used by all German forces. The MP40 SMG was highly prized as a war trophies during WWII and are probably the easily recognized and sought-after WWII SMG today. Typically they are called a "Schmeisser" however are actually a Machine Pistole which comes from the Germans model of "MP". They used many wartime stampings combined with limited machined parts to reduce manufacturing time and reduce cost. They were produced by three factories; Erma-Werkes, Haenel and Steyr, with this example produced by the Steyr factory in 1941. The rear receiver end cap is stamped with: "MP40/bnz/41/817c". The left side of the receiver tube, barrel nut and barrel are all stamped with serial number "817c" with the appropriate "WaA623" Waffenamt proofs. It has the traditional dark red bakelite grips and dark brown lower receiver cover. The trigger housing, folding buttstock, rear sight are bolt and firing pin and spring assembly are all correctly serial numbered "817c" This MP40 is complete with one original WWII MP40 Erma manufacture magazine (27 proofed on the back side) that is stamped "MP 38u.40" on the lower left side.
Excellent with 90% plus of the original blue finish overall showing light edge and high spot wear with a gray/brown patina finish on the grips straps, and buttstock assembly. The bakelite grips and forend are both in excellent condition with a mice matching color overall showing only minor handling marks. As noted this fine example has all matching numbered parts. 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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