Skip to main content

A Brief History of the MP40

Pro Boards

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.

German_Soldier_with_Mp40_by_luba4ko
Deviant Art

Here a reenactor portraying a WWII German soldier carries one.

MP40Closeup1-1
Pro Boards

The MP40 has been a popular gun in Hollywood. Here the villain in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is using one.

raiders
iIMFDB

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

MP40 draw [LIMITED to 500px] (1)
The Blueprints
The MP40 is quite a piece of history that lives on through museum pieces and the few privately owned, federally registered submachine guns.

NEXT: HOLY SHRAPNEL! MAN COMES INCHES FROM LOSING HIS HEAD WHILE BLOWING UP A TRUCK

WATCH

oembed rumble video here

you might also like

A Brief History of the MP40