Original German WWII MP 41 Display Machine Gun Serial 5757 with Magazine - MP41 Schmeisser

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This incredibly rare example features all original parts, including all but 2 inches of the the original (demilled) receiver. Following guidelines provided by the BATF: two inches of the original receiver have been removed and discarded then replaced with solid steel which has been expertly grafted into place. All of which was then re-welded onto solid bar stock. The bolt and recoil assembly have been permanently cut and welded into the forward position rendering this machine gun destroyed and therefore a totally legal "non-gun".

The gun is serial numbered 5757 both on the receiver by the barrel trunion and on the barrel, which also has a large Waffenamt proof on it. The magazine release button and front sight base are both marked cos for Gebrüder Merz, Merz-Werke, Frankfurt, Main, a known maker of small arms components throughout the war. There are also small Waffenamt 37 proofs on various small components of the display gun. Unfortunately, the receiver maker markings on the top in front of the rear sight look to have been removed before a post war sale to hide the origin of the weapon.

Also, included is an original magazine that is marked:

M.P. 41

Everything is offered in excellent condition. Considering that fewer that 27,000 of these were ever produced, and that this is only the third that we have owned in over two decades, declaring that these are RARE is an understatement. This is also the only one we have had that still had portions of the original demilled receiver.

The MP-41 (M.P. 41, MP 41) submachine gun was developed by Hugo Schmeisser, son of the Louis Schmeisser who developed the first practical machine gun, the MP-18. At the time of development of that MP-41, in 1941, the company C.G.Haenel, at which Schmeisser was chief designer, manufactured MP-40 submachine guns for the German army. It is possible that Schmeisser decided to develop a sub machine gun which was better suited for infantry use than the MP-40. For this reason, he combined the receiver, action and magazine of MP-40 with the wooden stock and selective-fire mechanism of MP-28. Haenel company produced more than few MP-41 submachine guns, which were mostly purchased by SS troops, which had their own supply chains. However, late in 1941, the Erma company filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Haenel, and as a result, Haenel company was forced to cease production of the MP-41. Only 26,700 MP-41 pattern guns were ever made, and nearly all were issued to SS, SD and police troops.

The MP-41 (M.P. 41) submachine gun is blowback operated, selective-fire weapon which fires from an open bolt. It uses a bolt with telescoped return spring guide borrowed from the MP40. The receiver and magazine are also both borrowed from the MP40. The wooden stock and trigger unit with cross-bolt button fire mode selector were taken from the MP-28.

Caliber: 9x19mm Luger / Parabellum
Weight: 3,87 kg empty
Length: 860 mm
Barrel length: 250 mm
Rate of fire: 500 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 32 rounds
Effective range: 150-200 meters

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