Manufactured in Austria in 1941, this is a very fine example of a Steyr MP-40 submachine gun. A refined and streamlined successor to the MP-38, the MP-40 made extensive use of metal stampings and synthetic materials to make a weapon robust enough to withstand the stress of war while being simple enough to manufacture to keep up with the demand. Nearly every armed branch and paramilitary organization in Germany made use of the MP-40, and many also found their way into the hands of opposition forces such as the French Resistance and Poland's Home Army, making it one of the signature weapons of the war. Hooded blade front and two-leaf rear sights, with "MP40/bnz/41" stamped on the rear. Matching numbers are present on multiple components, including the bolt, firing pin, barrel, trigger housing and trigger guard. The trigger group is fitted with a set of dark brown cover and grip panels, as well as a steel under-folding stock. Included with the lot are 7 extra magazines (all included magazines are uninspected reproductions), a Luger takedown/loading tool and a black leather sling.
Very fine, with 70% of the original blue finish, showing a mixed gray patina on the barrel, areas of mixed gray and brown on the receiver, and mild high point wear and handling marks overall. The fine grip panels show mild scuffs and dents, and the sling shows mild cracking and scuffing. Mechanically excellent. 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) 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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