14-11-2010: Today I added a small page about the Waffenmeister's spare part box. The so called "Gross Vorrat M.P". This would mean somthing like Large supply for sub-machineguns. This box contained the spare parts that the Waffenmeister needed to do field repairs.
08-10-2010: These pictures below were sent to me by a french collector who has been offered this mp40/1. Not in mint condition but still great to see that these are still around. This is actually the third I know in private hands. I know one in the U.S.,one in Austria and this one in France. Interesting to know is that these MP40/1 are not completely build in serie. They pulled back randomly some MP40's and then fitted the double magazine receivers on them. That is the reason why some are made by Steyr and others by Erma. Also from different production years. This MP40 is still called MP40/2 by a lot of people but this is WRONG. It is officially called the MP40/1 as stated on the official Regulation D 97 + "equipmentlist (Vorschrift D 97+ "gerätliste").
06-09-2010: Two pictures of a very rare and early MP38 from 1938. I know of 2 other 1938 MP38's one in the hands of a private collector in Germany the second one at the WTS in Koblenz (Germany).
06-09-2010: Politely we say "we envy" Rolv V. with his collection but we are "stinking jealous"!!!!! I have shown similar pictures of his collection but this is the most recent version with a staggering 54 original pouches (See photo to the right)!
03-09-2010: Small but nice article about the MP38 with some interesting photo's. If you check the second photo and look at the left "MP38" you see clearly the combination of a 42/43 Steyr grip and a MP38 receiver/barrel combination. As most of us do not speak Hungarian I linked the article through Google translate which is definitely not perfect but acceptable.http://translate.google.nl/translate?hl=nl&sl=hu&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kaliber.hu%2Fjog-es-fegyver%2Ferma-mp38
17-08-2010: I found out which company bought the batch of MP40'and MP41's from my message of 25-06-2010. The company is Europe Militaria from Germany. They sold all of the MP40's already but soon they will get a batch of 15 MP41's.The Mp40's and MP41's came from former Czecheslovakia and were left by the Wehrmacht. Probably they were shortly used by the Czecheslovakian Army before they switched to the VZ 26. The owner told me that in 2 weeks the MP41's will be for sale at around € 1500,- I think this is a very reasonable price. Realize that the MP41 is in fact more rare than a MP38: http://europemilitaria.net/shop/article_MP%2520010/MP-41.html?shop_param=cid%3D76%26aid%3DMP%2520010%26
17-08-2010: a MP38 for sale. Unfortunately not numbermatching and the frontsight has been replaced. So in my opinion a bit overpriced: http://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=2903654
11-7-2010: Probably this list is not even complete but look at al the movies that is featuring the MP40. Actually the movie that triggered my passion for this submachinegun is also in the list. It is "The bridge at Remagen" from 1969. I watched this movie on a Betamax VCR in the early eighties for the first time and after that another 20 times! One of my most favourite scenes featuring the MP40 however is a scene from Indiana Jones and "The raiders of the lost arc". At a certain point a fellow from the SD fires an MP38 or MP40 in Caïro, Egypt. The exaggerated sound is simply fantastic! Also interesting to see an MP38 in 1936. This is when the scene supposedly plays. But who cares!
11-7-2010: Very nice MP38 parts for sale at gunbroker.
25-06-2010: Another batch of MP38's, MP40's and MP41 is entering the market. The batch to the right comes from Slovakia and will be sold on the Market. Unfortunately all of them have to be officially deactivated. I do not have anymore details about who is going to offer them. I received this picture from one of the readers of this website.
19-06-2010: A unique picture of Major Uziel Gal holding the famous by him designed and invented Uzi Sub-machinegun with wooden stock and a MP38. Major Uziel Gal copied some of the features of the MP38/40 in his design. For example the collar nut that locks the barrel to the receiver is almost an exact copy of the sytem that the MP38/40 uses. The Uzi is usually called a third generation sub-machinegun. The mp38/40 is considered a second genration submachinegun. Uziel had easily acces to the MP38/40 since the Israelian Army used the MP38/40 right after the second world war.
13-6-2010: A Fantastic detailed picture (to the right) I recently bought of a German soldier in Russia in 1942.
13-6-2010: Slowly but gradually the MP40 list is growing. Soon I can do interesting data mining on it since the numbers are getting more representative. In total there are now 367 MP38's, MP40's and MP41's. Please keep on sending me those serial numbers!
1-6-2010: a very nice late Steyr MP40 with the rare red Bakelit found in a lake in Germany.
30-5-2010: I recently received these pictures of a MP40 with a so called "Blocksicherung". This is the first time I encounter one of these. I know there is a MP38 on display at the WTS in Koblenz (Germany) with an experimental safety but I have never seen one on a MP40. This version looks a lot like the safeties that were build on the MP18, the MP28 and the Erma EMP. It's in fantastic condition. Check the cut out in the Bakelite. I added the serial number to my listing.
29-05-2010: Very nice detailed pictures on a Russian website of a MP38.
24-5-2010: I'ts been a while since I updated the weblog but I have worked on a page about the mp38/40 pouches. I would really appreciate if you could give me some feedback on this page. Additional pictures and information are very welcome. Please send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I have to mention the following persons who helped me a lot with making this page. These are: Alex K. from www.HZA-Kulmbach.de, Rolv A., Dennis v/d B and of course Rich U. Link: mp38/40 pouches
10-04-2010: 331 MP's is the total of the updated MP38/40/41 list. Way too short if you ask me. There must me still thousands around. Please keep sending me those serialnumbers and codings. If you want the Excel file then please let me know.
27-03-2009: A new player in the world of the german WW2 reproduction arms! Look at the awesome line of products they are selling. Find below their press release and their fantastic website:
HZA Kulmbach GmbH was founded in March 2010. HZA Kulmbach has the world wide exclusive sales contract for all SSD (Sportsysteme Dittrich Weapons). The unique product line includes reproduced historical weapons like: MP38, MP3008, MKB42(H), MP43/1, MP44, FG42, VG5/1. All weapons are produced as life firing and as non firing weapon models. During the IWA 2010 weapon exhibition in Nürnberg new weapons were introduced. The latest new products are : "Fallschirm-jägergewehr" Paratrooper rifle BD 42/II (FG42/II) and K 43 rifle.Both weapons are chambered for the 8mm Mauser cartridge.First deliveries of the BD42/II will be possible end of July 2010 - the K43 will be on stock starting December of this year. www.HZA-Kulmbach.de
23-03-2010: Some really interesting items for sale at http://www.raskantik.com/ an MP41, an numbermatching MP40 and the ultra rare D167/2 Manual!!! A bit off topic but also an extremely rare ground dug VG1-5.
14-03-2010: Today I added the "internal parts" section of the MP40 page. This took me a while since the whole patent issue whit regard to the telescope spring is unclear. Any information you have with regard to the patents around the MP40 and it parts is highly appreciated. email@example.com
16-02-2010: For sale at gunbroker.com, by the looks of it, an unissued mp38 grip in mint condition.
15-02-2010: I'm almost sure that it is fake or a "put together" since none of the parts match. But it's intersting to see that this mp40 has a mp38 magazine release button.
04-02-2010: Since I was so lucky with the previous message I give it another try on the photos below. Does anybody have a clue what this is? Is it a reproduction grip or some mould. Please send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
02-02-2010: I received a lot of response on the topic below. Indeed the 40F&S stamp on the inside of the mp38 grip of Erma (27-40, ayf-40 and ayf-41) is the code for Fichtel and Sachs. F&S was a manufacturer of motor cycles an terrain vehicles. If I'm correct they also produced bajonets for the K98. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZF_Sachs The the FS code, stamped on the bottom of the receiver is the reseller stamp of Sauer Militaria. What a coincidence!
07-01-2010: HELP! I need information about this stamp. It is on the inside of the aluminum mp38 grip. It says "40F&S". I tried Wehrmacht Awards as well but sofar nobody has an answer. (Problem solved please read the mp38 page)
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