AUTOMATIC MP38 is a modern copy of Heinrich Vollmer’s М.Р.38 submachine gun, often erroneously called «Schmeisser» by the Allies and considered to be a classic accessory of a Wehrmacht soldier. Back then the М.Р.38 was world’s first folding stock submachine gun and the first featured no wooden parts: only metal and plastic (Bakelite). M.P.38’s charging handle was located on its left side enabling its owner to keep his hand on the pistol grip and the whole gun pointed at target even when cycling. Milled magazine well was recommended to grasp with the supporting hand when shooting. Upper receiver was fitted with longitudinal grooving. The only mode of fire was fully automatic, but the relatively low rate of fire (400 rounds/min) provided by a pneumatic damper enabled single shots with controlled trigger pulls. Another advantage of a pneumatic damper amplified with primer detonation a micro-second before the round is fully seated into the chamber was smooth mechanism operation facilitating weapon’s accuracy and controllability.

Parts of Model

Charging handle located on its left side enabling shooter to keep his right hand on the pistol grip and the gun pointed at target when charging

Mechanical safety is simple – just put the charging handle into the receiver notch

32-round magazine made from metal (10 rounds limit)

Pneumatic damper made this gun very comfortable and easy to control

Technical Data

Brand:

Automatic

Model:

MP38

Caliber:

9 mm (9×19, 9х21)

Action:

Blowback, open bolt action, semi

Stock:

Under-folding metal sholder stock, bakelite forend

Twist rate:

1:10″

Length:

83.3 cm stock extended; 60 cm stock retracted

Weight:

4.5 kg

Magazine:

Detachable box type

Capacity:

10/32 cartridges

Muzzle thread:

M16x1.5

Sights:

Front and rear sights

Features:

Firing with stock folded is impossible (trigger mechanism blocked). The carbine is locked by pushing the head of handle into one of two separate notches above the main opening

Barrel length:

25 cm

Country of origin:

Ukraine 

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