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German MP40 'Maschinenpistole .40' Submachine Gun
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

German MP40 "Maschinenpistole .40" Submachine Gun

Catalog #: 53278    Accession #: 188409
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Maker

Heinrich Vollmer (Designer)

Heinrich Vollmer was a designer with the German firm, Erma Werke.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 11" H x 34" W x 3" D

Physical Description

German MP40 "Maschinenpistole .40" Submachine Gun, .40 caliber.

General History

The Maschinenpistole 40, most commonly known as the MP40, is similar to the Thompson, but it uses a smaller 9mm round. This submachine gun evolved out of the MP38 which was prone to misfirings that had sometimes lethal results. A simple technical innovation to the hammer eliminated the problem, and the MP40 was born. Total production is unknown but it is believed that more that one million of these weapons were produced between 1940 and 1944.


Keywords

Country: Germany
War: World War II
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