The German MP40 submachine gun was a weapon our Allied Forces feared in World War II.
This weapon shot from a standard 32-round box magazine and the caliber was the standard 9x19mm Parabellum. Manufactured in Germany from 1940-1945, there were roughly 1.1 million of them manufactured.
Weighing just under 9 pounds, this submachine gun was not light. With a cyclic rate of 500-550 rounds per minute, this heavy, quick-firing gun held on target well when fired in fully automatic bursts.
This photograph from the WWII era shows a German soldier in full combat gear and brandishing his MP40.
Here a reenactor portraying a WWII German soldier carries one.
The MP40 has been a popular gun in Hollywood. Here the villain in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is using one.
Built using German engineering, this tough gun was expensive to manufacture.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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