British WWII Sten Mark II and Mark III SMG Straight Rear Pistol Grip- Paratrooper
New Made Item: A brand new very high quality reproduction constructed from blued steel. Designed for use by WW2 paratroopers and commando units, this is the silhouette straight steel pistol grip (without finger indentations)for use with most Sten gun SMG models including the Sten Mk II (Mk 2), Sten Mk III (Mk 3) SMG models of the WWII and post war. Just the accessory you need for your Sten display SMG.models, converting it almost to a pistol, in place of the standard butt stock. An interesting accessory for one of the most produced WWII SMG series.
Overall height: 6"
Grip height: 4.3"
Grip width: .75"
Grip depth: 1.35"
History of the Sten Gun-
The Mark II was the most common variant, with two million units produced. It was a much rougher weapon than the Mk I. The flash eliminator and the folding handle (the grip) of the Mk I was eliminated. A removable barrel was now provided which projected 3 inches (76 mm) beyond the barrel sleeve. Also, from the operator's perspective, a special catch allowed the magazine to be slid partly out of the magazine housing and the housing rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise, together covering the ejection opening and allowing the weapon and magazine both to lie flat on its side.
Winston Churchill with a Sten Mk II in Shoeburyness on June 13th 1941.
The barrel sleeve was shorter and rather than having small holes on the top, it had three sets of three holes equally spaced on the shroud. To allow a soldier to hold a Sten by the hot barrel sleeve with the supporting hand, an insulating lace-on leather sleeve guard was sometimes issued. Sten Mk II's in German possession were designated MP.749(e). Some MkIIs were fitted with a wooden stock as this part was desirable and interchangeable with the Mk V. Also, the Spz-kr assault rifle uses the receiver and components from the Sten Mk II.
Regular Mark II:
Overall Length: 762 mm (30.0 in)
Barrel Length: 197 mm (7.8 in)
Weight: 3.2 kg (7.1 lb)
Overall Length: 896 mm (35.3 in)
Barrel Length: 198 mm (7.8 in)
Weight: 3.8 kg (8.4 lb)
This simple design was the next most commonly produced after the Mark II. It was a simplification of the Mk I made both in Canada and the UK. Lines Bros Ltd was the largest manufacturer. The biggest difference from the Mark II was the unification of the receiver, ejection port, and barrel shroud that now extended farther up the barrel. The barrel was fixed and the body was welded shut along the centre of the top. Captured Sten Mk IIIs in German possession were designated MP.750(e).
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