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
7-10-2020: Sofar little attention has been given to the MP41 on this website. The MP41 is a submachinegun where little is known about. In 2015 an interesting article was written in "SAM Wapenmagazin" about the MP41. "SAM Wapenmagazin" is a very well known Dutch weapons magazin. Bas Martens, the publisher and writer, allowed me to translate the article and use his photos for this page of which I'm very thankfull.
28-8-2020: Nice comprehesive article about the post-war usage of the MP40.
2-8-2020: a 360° view of an MP38 very nice!!
21-2-2020: This MP41 has the highest serial number in my serial number listing. These MP41 have been produced in 1944. The writer claims it is a test gun? I do not knwo a bout that. Why would it be a test gun?
21-2-2020: A bit off topic (although still a MP40 Mag.) but nevertheless interesting experiment of a ppsh with mp40 mag andimprovised adapter.
8-12-2019: I have rewritten the page about the blank firing device or "Platzpatronengerät" for the MP38 and MP40. It is very strange that the device appeared in most of the official documentation but hardly any surviving specimens are encountered nowadays with collectors. Only one specimen is known to exist to this date. I recently got the opportunity to buy it.This was an amazing find! It came in a small wooden box and included a printed document on the inside of the lit. Interestingly Steyr is mentioned in this text. I would really like to hear if anybody has encountered other specimens. email@example.com
10-11-2019: Nice small article about some post-war early findings. Never seen such a case before.https://www.militarytrader.com/militaria-collecting-101/favorite-find-four-at-a-time
23-8-2019: Some amazing high resolution photos of the common German small arms including the MP40 (off course). Even the parts are presented. Do not forget to use the translation option if your Japanese has become a bit rusty...........
19-5-2019: For sale this Erma ayf-43 code MP40 in nice original condition. I was a bit dissapointed to see that the barrel bushing has an "fxo" stamp with the Haenel waffenamt stamp "37". I alway add new serail numbers to my listing and therefore I was surprised to see that the ayf-43 that I registered before this one (both the very late "w" suffix) also had an fxo marked barrel bushing. That is too much of a coincident, I would say. These ayf-43 coded MP40's must have been the last MP40's assembled by Erma. I assume they received surplus stock parts from Haenel to finish their production. Erma MP40's from 1944 do not exist. Only Steyr produced a few MP40's in 1944. Note the punches at the front of the magazine receiver. Really interesting!! You do not see this on any other MP40.
5-4-2019: Nice story from an US MP40 owner
10-3-2019: I have updated the MP38, MP40 and MP41 serial number list. 785 MP's.MP38, MP40 and MP41 SERIAL NUMBER LISTING
3-3-2019: It has been a while but I listed some very hard to find MP38 and MP40 accessories. For example an orignal MP40 winter trigger and MP38 Hinged muzzle cap. Also a mix of pouches.
I'm always interested in a trade. My main interest is German MP's. As you would have guessed!! e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
26-10-2018: A very rare early pouch for sale. Hardly encountered
14-10-2018: Another remarkable video from www.forgottenweapons.com. A MP40 modified by Partisan for clandestine use.
30-9-2017: Great video explaining the MP40/I. Please let me know if you have one for sale!! ;-)
22-9-2017: First MP40 that I have noticed being offered as "EU-Deko" on E-gun in Germany.
2-7-2017: recenty I found this article online with the screaming title "Nazi-Era MP40 submachinegun seized". I'm a bit irritated about the fact that Mr. Casey, who is the owner, is already judged by ABC as a "Nazi terrorist" before he has gone to court just by putting the words "Nazi" and "submachine gun" in one header. But let's stay "on topic". Looking at the photo of the so called "MP40" is obviously the first thing we notice is that it is missing a barrel, but looking a bit closer at the photo, the lower receiver seems to be a "Marushin" toy part.( Free for sale in Australia and New-Zealand) Just as the the folding stock and the barrel bushing. The photo is not to sharp but I even wonder if the tube is not a toy part! Maybe the article should be rectified with the header "Japanese toy from the nineties seized". I happen to know a bit about the MP40, but can you imagine what a load of bullshit is written by the media about other subjects in general............
7-4-2017: Interesting short article about an MP40 currently in use in the Syrian conflict. The early retracting handle on a Steyr MP40 from 1942 is somewhat bothering for collectors but I don't think this is an issue for the current owner........
18-3-2017: Interesting link of an MP40 and MP44 used in the wars in Iraq and Syria. A airsoft grip sleeve is used on the grip of the MP40.
A bit off topic but this is an interesting video of WW2 small arms currently being used.From 4.09 min. an interesting report about the MP44 being used in fairly big numbers.
14-1-2017; I'm selling of some items of my personal collection. One of the items is a rare hunged muzzle cap (Mundungsschöner) This is a 100% original and not one of the French copies that are sold on e-bay and e-gun these days............. Also a friend of mine is selling his 6 cell vehicle pouch. Furthermore you might be interested in the Olive green pouch set from Ernst Melzig Lederware (clg-43)
23-12-2016: Very recently a new book about the MP38 and MP40, "The Schmeisser Myth" had been published with Collectors grade Publishing. Writer is Helebrant Martin. He has done a great job in my opinion! My compliments! Martin and Blake (from collectors grade) have given me the opportunity to write 2 chapters for this book which I was very honoured to do off course! Also a MUST HAVE if you are interested in the interbellum MP's. Please order the book at Collectors Grade Publications:
17-4-2015: I have sold my pouch sets in 2 days!!!! Here is another rare MP40 pouch set made by Steyr-Daimler-Puch (bnz). Yes, apart from MP40's they also produced pouches for a short while. Probably by a subcontractor. Price €1.550,-. I can provide more photo's if you want. please send me an e-mail at email@example.com
. Also some other pouches, a Hinged muzzle cap for the MP38 and early MP40 and a rare D167/2 parts manual. Please let me know if you want to see any additional photos firstname.lastname@example.org.
28-3-2016: one of the rarest accessories of the MP40 is the Wintertrigger. Some additional information taken from the D167/3 and Heeresmitteilungen have been added to the winter trigger page. There is even a note on how to make a repair if one of the legs of the wintertrigger is broken.
28-3-2016: Part of the chapter (I describe below) consisted out of a few paragraphs about the "civilian"MP40 manuals. I Have added this as well now.
21-2-2016: In 2011 I was asked to write a chapter about the MP38 and MP40 manuals. This was originally intended for a new MP40 book that unfortunately is no longer going to be published. The first page about MP40 manuals contained a lot of mistakeson the website but this new page covers in detail all known MP38 and MP40 manuals.
20-2-2016: Some new items for sale or trade. Please check if you have a pouch that matches one of these single ones. Maybe we can make a deal. To the right a clg 43 (Ernst Melzig Lederwaren) left pouch for the MP40 in olive green.