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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.
2-2-2014: After World War II many countries used the MP40 and it's accessoiries. Some countries like Norway and Austria even produced new accessoiries for the MP38 and MP40. The Norwegian homeguard used the MP40 even still the early nineties of the 20th century. In addition to the pouch page I added a small page about the Norwegian and Austrian pouches. Most of the visitors probably do not care about this post war equipment. It might however be interesting because the Austrian pouch is often sold as being an original (World War II) pouch. Many Austrian pouch have been encountered with fake Waffenamt stamps and MP38 u.40 stamps. Stolla Wien was the factory of these pouches and used their commercial logo on it. This is something that would have never been done during World War II.
12-1-2014: A fantastic detailed photo of all parts of the MP40. http://candrsenal.com/ allowed me to place this photo on this website. More great exploded views of historic arms like the U.S.Thompson M1A1, the Soviet PPsh, the British Sten Mark V. etc.
30-12-2013: I have recently added some new items to my collection. Unfortunately "the money does not grow on trees" as we say so I have to let go of some unique items. I'm selling or trading an original hinged muzzle cap or Mundungsschöner (SOLD), a six pocket Fällschirmjäger pouch, an orignal magazine brush, a set of clg pouches amoung some other interesting items. If you are seriously interested please sen me an email: email@example.com
22-12-2013: A sorry excuse for a MP38. Offered at e-gun. Look at the magazine holder. This is a drilled smooth MP40 magazine holder. I wonder if the tube is original. Grip seems to be okay. It has been a while since a good one was offered..........
13-12-2013: Below you see some sets of pouches that I have recently added to my collection. Especially the set with the metal tips on the straps is a rare find. I'm still looking for an original vehicle pouch (or as some call it a Fällschirmjäger/paratrooper pouch) The dkk set is also a very uncommon set of pouches. These were introduced by Friedrich Offermann & Söhne, Leder u. Lederwarenfabrik from Bensberg in 1942. Completely below you see the more commonly found clg pouches in sand colour. It took a while before these pouches were accepted by the collectors community as original since so many pouches in mint condition were encountered in Antwerp (Belgium) in the late nineties. These pouches are 100% original. Interestingly the right side is stamped clg 44 and the left is clg 43. If you are interested to learn more about the MP38 and MP40 pouches read my page about pouches. I realize it is a bit outdated but at some point I will give it an update.
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!!!! 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: