Once more our old buddy Hickok45 shows us how to have some serious fun, only this time, he breaks-out a ‘blast from the past’, in the form of an old German MP40. This is one of his shorter videos, lasting only 1 minute & 39 seconds…but man…what a ride!!
The MP40, or Maschinenpistole 40, was a turning point in submachine gun design and manufacture. Early submachine guns, like the Thompson submachine gun relied on heavy and expensive milled-steel components and featured bulky wooden stocks inspired by contemporary carbines.
The MP40 pioneered the use of economical and lightweight materials such as aluminum, plastic and sheet-metal stampings. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during the Second World War.
Designed in 1938 by Heinrich Vollmer with inspiration from its predecessor the MP 38, it was heavily used by infantrymen (particularly platoon and squad leaders), and by paratroopers, on the Eastern and Western Fronts.
Its advanced and modern features made it a favorite among soldiers and popular in countries from various parts of the world after the war. It was often erroneously called “Schmeisser” by the Allies, although Hugo Schmeisser was not involved in the design or production of the weapon. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million were produced by Erma Werke.