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Lot 547: World War II British STEN Mark II Submachine Gun

Auction Date: June 5, 2020

World War II British STEN Mark II Fully Automatic/Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,000

World War II British STEN Mark II Fully Automatic/Class III/NFA C&R Submachine Gun

Manufacturer: British
Type: Machine gun
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 7 1/2 inch round
Finish: black paint
Stock: steel
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 297
Class: Class III

This is an example of a WWII British STEN submachine gun. It is an early MKII that has the removable barrel assembly with the "T" style metal stock. These were one of the most widely used and prolific manufactured submachine guns produced during WWII. They were designed by Maj. Reginald Shepherd(S) and Harold Turpin(T) and manufactured by the Enfield factory(EN) hence the name "STEN". The total cost to produce one of these weapons was estimated at approximately $9.00 each. They were used by various British/United Kingdom forces, the OSS, and French resistance. They remained in service until the late 1960s when they were replaced by the British Sterling SMG. They had a side mounted 30 round magazine with rudimentary fixed sights and had a cyclic rate of approximately 500 rounds per minute. They were manufactured as a stamped and welded assembly with a machined bolt and barrel. They were so effective that even the Germans copied these as a war expedient wartime version in 1944. The magazine housing is stamped with "STEN MK II" with the serial number and factory number on the underside of the housing. It has an all black painted finish and comes with one stick magazine.

Rating Definition:

Fine condition with 85% of the repainted black metal finish showing wear and handling overall from light firing and use. A great SMG to go have fun with!. 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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