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Lot 1562: WWII German MP-38-40 ERMA Class III SMG 'Sales Sample'

Auction Date: September 7, 2019

Rare World War II German MP-38/40 (ayf Code) ERMA Registered Fully Automatic Class III/NFA Submachine Gun 'Sales Sample'

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $8,500 - $13,000

Rare World War II German MP-38/40 (ayf Code) ERMA Registered Fully Automatic Class III/NFA Submachine Gun 'Sales Sample'

Manufacturer: German
Model: MP 40
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 10 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: brown plastic
Stock: steel
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 295
Class: Class III

This is a very fine example of a rare WWII transitional German MP-38/40 submachine gun produced by the ERMA Werke factory in Dauchau, Germany. Typically the MP-40s were called a "Schmeisser"; however, they are actually a "Machine Pistole" which derives from the Germans use of "MP" in their model numbers. They used many wartime stampings combined with limited machined parts to reduce manufacturing time and reduce cost. They were produced by three factories: ERMA Werke, Haenel and Steyr, with this example produced by the ERMA Werke factory in Dauchau in 1941. This is a rare transitional model that still retains the early MP38 ribbed receiver tube with the smooth milled, flat sided magazine housing. The rear receiver end cap is stamped with: "M.P.38/ayf/41" and "1232d" on the side followed by a "WaA280" Waffenamt proof. The left side of the barrel nut, receiver tube, magazine housing and trigger housing are stamped with matching serial number "1232d" (the rigger housing markings are very faint) and the appropriate "WaA280" Waffenamt proofs. Additionally, the various other parts, bolt, rear sight assembly have other non-matching serial numbers, and the firing pin and barrel assembly are unnumbered. It has the traditional dark red bakelite grips and lower receiver cover. This MP-38/40 is complete with two original WWII magazine and an original magazine loading tool. The tool is marked "ghn 40/MP39u.40" and a single "WaA815" Waffenamt. The two magazines are Waffenamt proofed on the back sides with one marked with a maker's code of "kur 42" while the other one is unmarked. There is a small import mark on the right, front underside of the receiver that reads: "MP38/GERMANY/9MM/INTER AMERICAN/SACTO. CA."

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 90% plus of the arsenal refinished blue/black type finish overall and the complete trigger housing in the white. The bakelite housing and grips are in fine condition with a nice matching color overall showing wear and handling marks on the sides. NOTE: This weapon is a restricted, National Firearms Act (NFA) Class 3, Fully Automatic Weapon, that 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. This weapon is currently registered as being "LIMITED TO USE AS A SALES SAMPLE (Pre-86)" and as such can only be purchased by an FFL, with a Class 2 or Class 3 SOT License.

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