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 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.
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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.
9-6-2014: Rarely encountered these days. An original MP41 offered for sale in France. Also a Haenel produced MP40. Atelier Saint Etienne is regularly offering original WW2 German small arms. The owner is speaking fluently English.
20-4-2014: The page about the Magazine cleaning brush/Reinigungsbűrste fűr Magazin MP needed revision badly. I have added the official documents explaining the instruction, use and official designation.Photos are also updated. Most interesting thing I learned that the official manual instructed the users of the MP38 and 40 to not oil the magazine after cleaning it with the brush but to keep it dry. The evaporated oil mixed with dust and dirt would lead to severe stoppages as a result of friction in the upper part of the magazine.
15-3-2014: Please beware! On ebay reproduction MP38 lower receivers are offered. The honest seller is selling them as reproduction (so no false accusations) but they might end up being sold in newly assembled MP38's and then sold as originals.
15-3-2014: The list with MP38, MP40 and MP41 serial numbers has grown to almost 600. I have updated the list and changed the format a bit using an Excel pivot table. Let me know if you like it this way. I can always go back to the old format. If you want to do some "data mining" yourself then let me know and I can sent you the total list in Excel format. Please keep on sending me those serial numbers!
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.