Manufactured in Austria in 1941, this is a fine example of a World War II 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 extension handle on bolt is missing. 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 is a green canvas three-cell magazine pouch (right side, no tool pouch) and two extra magazines.
Fine, with 40% of the original blue finish, showing areas of gray patina, scattered patches of oxidization, polished spots, edge wear and handling marks. The bakelite panels are very good, with some minor scratches and dents. Missing bolt handle extension. The magazines show wear and oxidization, and the pouch shows tearing, stains, and a missing suspender loop. 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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