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Let’s Go Full Auto With One Of The Most Iconic Weapons Of WWII…The MP40

If there is one iconic weapon of the Second World War, it’s the Mp40. One could almost say, that when you picture a soldier of Hitler’s Wehrmacht in your mind, it would be one of them holding an Mp40 at the ready.

The MP 40 is a submachine gun chambered for the 9×19mm Parabellum cartridge. It was developed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Axis powers during World War II.

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 misfiring’s 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. The MP 40 was often called the “Schmeisser” by the Allies, after the weapon designer Hugo SchmeisserSchmeisser had designed the MP 18, which was the first mass-produced submachine gun. He did not, however, have anything to do with the design or development of the MP 40, although he held a patent on the magazine.

The video below was placed on YouTube on November 26th, of 2019 and has 24,769,759 views. There’s not alot of talking, just alot of shooting, which is why it’s so popular I suppose, either way, it’s a good video and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Beneath the video I’ll place the specs of this weapon for all of you tech-guys.


Mass 3.97 kg (8.75 lb)
Length 833 mm (32.8 in) stock extended/630 mm (24.8 in) stock folded
Barrel length 251 mm (9.9 in)

Cartridge 9×19mm Parabellum
Action Straight blowback, open bolt
Rate of fire 500–550 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 400 m/s (1,312 ft/s)
Effective firing range 100–200 m 
Maximum firing range 250 m
Feed system 32-round detachable box magazine, 64-round with dual magazines
Sights Hooded front blade



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