Original British WWII Sten Mk V Display Submachine Gun Serial 153541 with Magazine, Bayonet & Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only one available. This is an excellent condition British Sten Mk V display gun, built from an original parts set and constructed on a legal non-firing BATF compliant aluminum dummy receiver, making this a 100% legal display Sub-Machine gun. As the receiver is a complete inert fabricated aluminum piece, this display gun is totally legal to own without a license of any kind

Introduced in 1944, the Mk V was essentially a better-quality, more elaborate version of the Mk 2. Changes included a wooden pistol grip, a vertical wooden fore grip (only on early versions), a wooden stock, and a bayonet mount. There was a No4 Lee–Enfield foresight and the weapon was of better quality manufacture and finish than the Mk2 and Mk3. The Sten bandolier issued to paratroopers held seven full magazines.

Another variant of the Mk V had a swivel stock and rear sight mirror intended for firing around corners in urban warfare, similar to the Krummlauf developed by the Germans for the StG 44.

This example constructed from original parts on a new made solid aluminum dummy receiver, is fully ATF compliant as a non-gun and exactly duplicates the feel and appearance of the original. It has a lovely gunmetal gray on the receiver and most of the other components, with a few components that are blued. The condition, including the original wooden stock and pistol grip, is very good. The trigger still pulls, and the fire selector can be moved back and forth. The barrel is live, with a great bore, and can still be removed from the barrel. It also has a No.4 Spike bayonet fitted to the bayonet lug on the front of the barrel, complete with a plastic body scabbard.

The upper side of the magazine housing is marked in the center with M/78, the dispersal code for the Elkington Company, a known maker of Sten machine guns during the war. The underside is marked with STEN MKV, along with serial number 153541 and the overlapping "SV" marking used on the Sten MkV. There is also the correct Broad Arrow marking as well. There are additional markings and broad arrow proofs on other parts of the display gun, including the mounting for the buttstock, which is marked with serial number 181580. There are also markings stamped into the wood of the butt stock.

The Mk V is generally considered to be the best of the Sten family, and was most extensively issued to airborne troops. It is widely represented in British hands in the film A Bridge Too Far. Combat photographs of British airborne troops show how extensive the use of the Mk V was.

The Mk V was designed to use an Enfield rifle sling so that it could be supported with the sling around the soldier's neck as was developed for the early Thompson Lend-Lease deliveries to Britain. This in fact represents the origin of the "assault sling" configuration, which is used almost universally today.

A fine original display gun fully approved by BATF to be non-functional and totally legal without any type of license.

NOTE: Magazine will be deactivated if shipped to a state where they are prohibited.

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