Not pretty, but full of history: Partisan-modified MP40 (VIDEO)

02/7/19 6:30 AM | by

Not pretty, but full of history: Partisan-modified MP40 (VIDEO)

Although it’s ratty and well-used, this classic WWII-era German SMG was likely modified after it was picked up by new owners.

Ian McCollum with Forgotten Weapons, reporting from the Mediterranean island country of Malta, profiles a 1942 all-matching Maschinenpistole 40 that looks as if it has spent a good portion of its life underground, both figuratively and literally.

Lacking a barrel nut– possibly removed for use so a suppressor could be added– but complete with a homemade brass catcher, the sub gun’s provenance holds that it came from a German collection years ago and was likely tweaked by Eastern European partisan forces during the war.

You know, guys like these:

Cretan rebels, some armed with recycled German MP40s under new management. (Photo: Imperial War Museum)

Old guns long ago cached by various WWII Resistance and guerilla groups often pop up in Europe, to include the occasional rusty MP40 and STG44.

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