Welcome to the one and only website that is solely dedicated to the german Maschinenpistole mp40. This site’s purpose is to gather and spread information about this famous worldwar 2 submachinegun as well as get in contact with mp40 collectors and enthousiastics.
The gun itself was a revolution within the development of the submachinegun in general at the time. Think of it’s never seen before fold-up stock, the pistol-handgrip and the patented telescope spring. Many countries made their own “copy” of the mp40 like the US M3 “greasegun”, the Yougoslavian mp56, the Egyptian Port Said, the Portugese FPB, etc
I have tried to be as careful as possible in writing down the information although I know a lot of information is still missing. If however you feel I’m giving the wrong information or if you have additional information please drop me an email email@example.com and I will add or correct it. Any new information or photo's are very welcome as well off course! Although I enjoy investigating everything related to the mp40, I want to clearly state that I don't want to glorify war or the political system that developed these weapons in any way. Also I want to mention that owning and collecting these guns is subject to local laws and regulations.
Enjoy this website!
Below is where I will put any new information relating to the MP38/40/41 that I read on the web or hear from other enthousiastics. If you have anything interesting please let me know at info@mp40.
21-10-2013: Found in a barn in the south of the Netherlands: MP40 found in barn! Aplologies for the google translate translation........
04-10-2013: Interesting Auction at James D. Julia again. Although not number matching an interesting post war usage to this MP40; "Consignor states that this gun was stolen from under a veteran's bed in his camp in Maine and that this weapon was subsequently utilized in an armed robbery in Ellsworth, ME. The perpetrator was eventually caught and the consignor was called as an expert witness to match fired cartridge cases to this machine gun. Copy of 1955 Bangor Daily News article accompanies this lot." (please note the "Wolfenzapf" (the original hook style retracting handle)
The full auction contains 3 MP40's; http://www.jamesdjulia.com/auctions/div_catalog_346.asp?pageREQ=3
14-9-2013: WARNING!!!! Please be warned 2 very rare items are being reproduced and offered for sale at the moment on e-bay . A hinged muzzle cap or Mundungschöner and a winter trigger. If you want details why this is a reproduction mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
31-8-2013: A unique accessoiry. Hardly ever encountered. The Unterrichtstafel 112 (instruction table) or UT 112. Well known from the picture on the back of the Propaganda series "The MP38, 40, 40/1 AND 41 submachine gun Vol II". I have added a small page where the UT112 and it's Norwegian post war counterpart is explained. A very rare item. Please let me know if you have information about other instruction posters. War time of post war. As the MP40 served in so many armies after WW2 there must be instruction posters available in Russian, French, Austrian, etc. email@example.com
17-5-2013: The MP40/I will remain somewhat of a mystery. It could not be considered a proto-type weapon since it was beyond this phase as it was mentioned on the official Regulation D 97 + "equipmentlist (Vorschrift D 97+ "gerätliste") as Gerätnummer 1-3004 Machinenpistole 40/I. My estimation is that only a few hundred were build. It never really became the German answer to the high capacity magazine of the rugged Ppsh41. Since so little information is available I tried studying the photos of the remaining specimens. I have written a small page about this interesting version of the MP40. Currently I have identified 9 MP40/I's. 5 in private collections and 4 in museums. Please let me know if you have further information or own one of these mystery MP's.
12-5-2013: I have been collecting now for over 20 years. During this time I have build up an interesting collection. Since I always want to improve and scale up my collection I have build up quite a collection of double items. I would like to use this website to sell of some of these items. I have set up a special page for this. devide in 3 sections: Original items, reproduction items and post war items. SORRY, MOST ITEMS ARE SOLD NOW!
Please let me know if you are still looking for certain items maybe we can help each other. firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at the photo to the right. A nice original Haenel (122-40) MP38 Magazin loader in excellent condition and without the "mp38u.40" stamp which means that at that time the MP40 was not in use yet!
22-4-2013: Interesting link for collectors from the US. Reproduction receivers:
8-7-2012: To my surprise I found out by coincidence that the Army Museum in Delft, the Netherlands is keeper of a collection of 46 MP40's. After contacting them I recently received serial information of 42 MP's of this collection, which is great and will help to further investigate the output of the manufacturers of the MP40. After adding these serial number to my list I will publish it here again. Please let me know if you want to recieve the list in other formats than PDF so you can use it to do your own data mining.
30-6-2012: Interesting authentic video footage (at 0:13) of MP40's being test fired by the elite division "Gross Deutschland":
12-6-2012: I have been working on a new page about the "Prototypes". I'm describing the M.K.36,III, the EMP36, The MP38 (L), a prototype of the MP38 and a MP40 prototype made by Merz Werke. Please geive me your feedback and let me know if you have more information on prototypes of the MP38, 40 and 41. email@example.com
21-5-2012: Impressive overview of MP's for sale and sold at westernfirearms
9-4-2012: Drill Sgt. Gunny comes to a nasty conclusion which we need not necessarily have to agree with.................................... The "Chopper" VS the "Schmeisser"
8-4-2012: I added a necessary addtion to the accessoiries pages. The MP38 and MP40 carrying sling. One of the most common accessoiries but previously still missing on this website. Please let me know your comments. firstname.lastname@example.org
4-3-2012: Interesting link where you can find some e-book downloads and digital articles of MP40 related books. Most of them in Russian but also some in English. Otherwise nice to watch the pictures. Unfortunately not all links seem to work.
26-2-2012: For the collectors under us who have $ 95,000 laying around there is this fantastic opportunity. A MP40/I. Currently I have identified 6 MP40/I. 2 in the USA, 1 in the UK, 2 in France and 1 in Austria. Probably there are a few more. It's a mystery why the MP40/I was on the main regulation D 97 + "equipmentlist (Vorschrift D 97+ "gerätliste") since it was issued in very limited quantities. The MP40/I was equiped with the exact same dual magazine system as the MP3008 prototype. A few mp40's from different factories (different codes) were rebuild and equiped with the dual magazine feeding system. The MP40/I was never newly (of factory) produced. This MP40/I is also featuring in Frank Iannamico "Blitzkrieg". It's currently offered for sale at this website together with some MG's.
21-2-2012: Not seen in a long time. 21 MP40's for sale at http://www.raskantik.com/ in the "just arrived" section. Check the rare early "660" coded Steyr MP40's. I haven't seen these quantities since the nineties in Germany.Very nice!
15-2-2012: Interesting find in Denmark.Check the video, MP40 at 1 min 25. I have put the link through Google translate since most of us do not speak Danish!
5-2-2012: Very nice magazin loader with original bleuing for sale at gunbroker for a realistic price; http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=271273766#PIC
5-2-2012: Interesting picture (to the right) found on the internet that shows a painted white MP38 as well as the pouches. The MP38 is equiped with the early safety strap. It shows that there are more versions of this safety strap since some are attached to the barrel and barrel protector other are attached to the receiver muzzle. Most of them seem to be improvised in the field and not manufactured.
22-1-2012: The counter has reached 5i6 MP38's, MP40's and MP41's. Please keep me e-mailing those serial number.Serial Database If you want it in Excel or Acces Database format please let me know.
22-1-2012: I have added some more wintertrigger pictures installed on a MP40. Thanks to Rolv. V who was so kind to take some pictures of this rare accessory. Any one who has one for sale please contact me at email@example.com.
21-1-2012: Now for sale at www.raskantik.com 2 MP40's. Soon a lot more to come.
17-1-2012: It's been a long time that a MP38 was offered on E-gun. Not the best quality but still........
15-1-2012: This week I received some interesting links with rare pictures of the MP41:
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