German MP40 "Maschinenpistole .40" Submachine Gun

German MP40 "Maschinenpistole .40" Submachine Gun

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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.
Object Name
gun, submachine
Other Terms
gun, submachine; gun, submachine; Firearms; Center Fire; 9 Mm; Rifled
Erma Werke - Erfurter Maschinenfabrik
Erma Werke - Erfurter Maschinenfabrik
Place Made
Germany: Thuringia, Erfurt
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 11 in x 34 in x 3 in; 27.94 cm x 86.36 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Medical Museum
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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