This is a very close copy of the Finish Soumi M31 SMG that was manufactured by the John R. Stemple Company in Groveport, Ohio. It is a blow-back operated SMG with a heavy round steel (tubular) receiver, machined bolt, fixed firing pin, with a heavy perforated steel barrel jacket/barrel nut. This design is very convenient as the barrel jacket can be unscrewed so that you can quickly replace the barrel or even change it to another caliber. The side of the receiver is roll stamped: "JOHN R. STEMPLE, GROVEPORT, OHIO MODEL 76/45 S/N/ 774", however, it has been fitted with a 9 mm barrel and bolt. The lower left side of the magazine housing is marked: "STG Circle logo with a "B inside a Triangle/BRP CORP./STEMPLE 76/45". It has a large tangent rear sight mounted on top of the receiver graduated 1-5 (100-500 yards) and a fixed front sight. It has a slide safety in front of the trigger guard bow. It is fitted with a European beech wood stock (like the Finish M39s) with a blued steel buttplate with sling swivels mounted on the sides. This example does not come with any magazine; however, we believe it uses a standard 30 round stick or drum magazine from the original SOUMI M31 SMGs, which are available on the secondary market.
Very fine with 98% of the current light gray parkerized finish, showing only minor edge wear overall. The makings are clear and sharp, and the buttstock is also in excellent condition with no visible markings. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.
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