German MP40 "Maschinenpistole .40" Submachine Gun


Physical Description

German MP40 "Maschinenpistole .40" submachine gun, .40 caliber.

General History

The Maschinenpistole 40, commonly known as the MP40, is similar to the Thompson, but uses a smaller 9-mm round. This submachine gun evolved out of the MP38, which was prone to misfirings that had sometimes lethal results. A simple technical innovation to the hammer eliminated the problem, and the MP40 was born. Total production is unknown but it is believed that more that one million of these weapons were produced between 1940 and 1944.

Licensee: Erma Werke - Erfurter MaschinenfabrikMaker: Erma Werke - Erfurter Maschinenfabrik

Place Made: Germany: Thuringia, Erfurt

Subject: FirearmsRelated Event: World War IIThe Great Depression and World War II


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Medical Museum

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.53278Catalog Number: 53278Accession Number: 188409

Object Name: gun, submachineOther Terms: gun, submachine; gun, submachine; Firearms; Center Fire; 9 Mm; Rifled

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11 in x 34 in x 3 in; 27.94 cm x 86.36 cm x 7.62 cm


Record Id: nmah_415106

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