Original German WWII 1943 Dated MP 40 Display Gun by ERMA with Original Sling - Maschinenpistole 40

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is an very good condition MP40 Maschinenpistole 40 display gun, built from original parts and constructed on a legal non-firing BATF approved aluminum dummy receiver, making this a 100% legal display Sub-Machine gun.

Offered with exceptional original dark brown bakelite stock and grips, with a functional extending butt stock, this is the real thing that will only appreciate in value over time. All complete, simulated fixed aluminum bolt system gives the impression of an original unit and is fitted with the original working safety bolt handle. Barrel is original but has been deactivated, with holes drilled into the bore through the bottom in two locations. Original markings have been maintained and make a keystone item for any serious WWII collection.

The rear receiver cup of this display gun is marked with the model and manufacture codes:

ayf 43

This indicates 1943 manufacture by ERMA-Erfurter Maschinenfabrik B Geipel GmbH, Erfurt, the company that developed the MP38 and MP40. The rear receiver cup is marked on the side with serial number 4748, and the rear housing is Waffenamt marked, and bears contractor marking cnd for Krupp-National-Registrierkassen (Cash Registers), Berlin, Germany. Towards the end of the war, any company that was able to make parts was contracted. The butt stock is marked with 748, and the trigger guard with 4748, so this lower frame is all intact and original.

There are also other markings and Waffenamt proofs throughout the display gun. Overall condition is good but used, with no majors issues or damage. The original sling is unmarked, but is still in good shape, with lots of the original cross-hatching still visible on the outside.

Included is an original MP 40 magazine, in excellent condition, which is an unmarked late war production example. Magazine will have the spring and follower removed if shipped to a state that prohibits high capacity magazines.

A great chance to pick up a very attractive MP40 display gun, complete with magazine! Ready to display!

History of the MP40

The Maschinenpistole 40 ("Machine pistol 40") descended from its predecessor the MP 38, which was in turn based on the MP 36, a prototype made of machined steel. The MP 36 was developed independently by Erma Werke's Berthold Geipel with funding from the German Army. It took design elements from Heinrich Vollmer's VPM 1930 and EMP. Vollmer then worked on Berthold Geipel's MP 36 and in 1938 submitted a prototype to answer a request from the Heereswaffenamt (Army Weapons Office) for a new submachine gun, which was adopted as MP 38. The MP 38 was a simplification of the MP 36, and the MP 40 was a further simplification of the MP 38, with certain cost-saving alterations, most notably in the more extensive use of stamped steel rather than machined parts.

It was heavily used by infantrymen (particularly platoon and squad leaders), and by paratroopers, on the Eastern and Western Fronts. Its advanced and modern features made it a favorite among soldiers and popular in countries from various parts of the world after the war. It was often erroneously called "Schmeisser" by the Allies, despite Hugo Schmeisser's non-involvement in the weapon's design and production. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million were produced by Erma Werke.

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