U.S. WWII Grease Gun M3 Resin Submachine Display Gun
New Made Item: The M3 submachine gun, also known as Grease Gun, was developed as a cheaper war-time alternative to famous Thompson M1 and M1928 submachine guns. The basic requirements were set by US Ordnance Corps in February, 1941. George Hyde and Frederick Sampson, working together at Inland Division of general Motors Corp developed a prototype, which was designated the T20. The T-20 was a very simple weapon, made mostly from steel stampings. In November 1942 T20 was tested against several other prototypes, and was found superior to all other contestants. Late in 1942 the T20 was recommended for adoption, which followed in 1943. Combat use of a newly adopted M3 submachine gun showed some problematic points in design, most notably in the failing cocking mechanism. The problems were solved by elimination of this unit in 1944 when a further simplified weapon received the designation M3A1, and served with US Armed forces through the later part of WW2, Korean and Vietnam wars. M3A1 was issued to US tank crews all the way up until 1980s.
M3 submachine gun was a full-automatic blowback-operated firearm that fired from an open bolt. The receiver was made from steel stampings. M3 featured spring-loaded ejection port cover (which also acted as safety, locking the bolt when it is closed) and crank-type bolt retracting (cocking) handle at the right side of the receiver.
Weight: 3.7 kg
Length (stock closed/open): 570 / 745 mm
Barrel length: 203 mm
Rate of fire: ca. 450 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds
Effective range: 50 meters
Our solid resin non-firing display gun is nothing short of stunning. It really does look like the real thing from just a few feet away. It was cast from a silicon mold of an original M3 in the IMA collection and therefore is not only an accurate 1:1 scale but has all the details of the real thing. It has been expertly air brushed to provide the cold glimmering look of steel. For added authenticity we have used metal sling attachments (fully secure) to allow you to correctly use a M1 carbine sling, we added a metal wire frame that runs through most of the more delicate areas of the gun, and used a metal wire butt stock (just like an original M3) however, our buttstock is fixed. Not only does it look good but it feels good this gun weighs nearly as much as an original at 5.25 lbs (real ones were 8 lb)!
This is it, finally an affordable, safe, robust, quality display alternative to spending many thousands of dollars on a liability laden display gun. Perfect for gun enthusiasts, as a prop firearm for theatrical and film productions or one amazing childhood toy for epic war games.
Please note original grease guns were constructed of stamped steel and did not have wood grips, we have altered our production, so our resin display now has the correct appearance of stamped steel grips.
This product is available for international shipping.
- Barrel of gun has blaze orange barrel plug as required by U.S. imitation firearms law. This display is non-firing, not capable of firing any type of projectile and is composed of heavy strong solid resin, with a wire frame, making it totally incapable of chambering a round.
Generally this is considered a toy with no restrictions, however, some locations may prohibit this item, please check your local imitation firearms laws before purchase.
Not available to some countries without an import license, please check your nation's imitation firearms laws before purchase.
TITLE 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE CHAPTER 76 - IMITATION FIREARMS
Each toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm shall have as an integral part, permanently affixed, a blaze orange plug inserted in the barrel of such toy, look-alike, or imitation firearm. Such plug shall be recessed no more than 6 millimeters from the muzzle end of the barrel of such firearm.
Read the US law in detail here: http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/15C76.txt
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