Original Saving Private Ryan German WWII Mp 40 Resin Prop Machine Gun

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Original Item: This is a resin (heavy dense rubber or plastic) prop gun manufactured for the film Saving Private Ryan. Used during production of the film, these were produced in the hundreds and were a safe and inexpensive way to dress the set and to provide realistic looking camera ready prop weapons for background actors (extras!) These were sold in fairly large numbers after the release of the film but in the past 10 years have been difficult to find. When they original came to the market they were sold for $99 each!

This is a full size replica and the casting was good and detailed so many of the original markings such as serial numbers and Waffenamts are still visible. The example is offered in good condition with the original sling from the film. The only issue is that its missing the bolt handle. These had added bolt handles that were glued in place and most lost them during and after filming.

Interestingly, IMA supplied many of the real Machine Guns, Edged Weapons and loads of other equipment for Saving Private Ryan which was released in 1998 and set the bar for the WW2 film genre.

The MP 40 (Maschinenpistole 40) is a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge. It was developed in NSDAP Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during World War II.

Designed in 1938 by Heinrich Vollmer with inspiration from its predecessor the MP 38, 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, although Hugo Schmeisser was not involved in the design or production of the weapon. The weapon's other variants included MP 40/I and the MP 41. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million were produced by Erma Werke.

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