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A Brief History of the MP40

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From the battlefields of World War Two, the German MP40 submachine gun was a feared weapon that our Allied Forces faced in Europe.  

This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured.

Weighing just under nine pounds, this submachine gun was not a lightweight. With a cyclic rate of 500-550 rounds per minute, this quick-firing, heavy gun held on target well when fired in fully automatic bursts. This photograph from the World War Two era is of a German soldier in full combat gear and brandishing his MP40.

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Here a MP40 is carried by a war reenactor portraying a World War Two German soldier.

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The MP40 has been a popular gun with Hollywood. Here it is being used by a villain in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

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Built using German engineering, this tough gun was expensive to manufacture.

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The MP40 is quite a piece of history that lives on through museum pieces and the few privately-owned federally registered submachine guns.

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A Brief History of the MP40