GSG 9mm MP40s On Sale!

The Firearm Blog has learned that German Sport Guns will be shipping out at least 1,100 of their 9x19mm NATO MP40 pistols to a wholesale dealer in the U.S. Looking at American Tactical’s website, it shows the 9mm pistol available for $649.95, ready for shipping to an FFL. However, we also learned that the MP40s will no longer be coming with their wooden chests, and instead will be in cardboard boxes, unlike their GSG .22 LR brethren that came with the chests. So far we haven’t gotten any word about the SBR version with the under-folding stock. Based on the success of the pistol version, ATI and GSG might release the SBR variant, in addition to kits wherein someone could convert their pistol MP40 once their ATF paperwork came through. In fact, ATI is currently working on trying to get these kits out to the public, pending ATF approval.

From the product description-

American Tactical & GSG are excited to bring to the United States the very first reproduction of the original WWII MP-40 in 9mm.

Manufactured as a pistol with no stock, this replica classic firearm is the closest version of an MP-40 to be importable in decades!  While maintaining a close overall appearance to the original WWII firearm, the GSG-MP40P is manufactured with all new parts to US regulation specs for importation.

This firearm ships in a cardboard box, wooden crates are no longer available.

Comes from the factory with 1 25 round magazine and a loading assistance accessory

Additional Magazines are in stock and available for order by clicking the link by the photo of the mag below.

The GSG-MP40P is a new manufactured pistol and is only a replica in appearance to the original MP-40.  This pistol is not compatible with original WWII MP-40 parts or magazines.

American Tactical is currently in the Research & Development stage of creating a 922(r ) compliant stock kit for those who want to SBR this pistol under NFA regulations, so stay tuned!

We covered the 9x19mm MP40 pistol status being approved by ATF, and have paid attention to its development over the past year as well, but this is the first time the pistol MP40 has officially gone on sale in the U.S. For many Second World War enthusiasts, this is the closest we can get next to an actual Class III MP40 from the era.


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  • PK

    That was remarkably quick! I hope they got the whole 922(r) issue sorted out. Initially, for the SBR parts, they had overlooked that particular wrinkle.

  • Nicks87

    Too bad it doesn’t use Glock magazines… Just kidding, I’m glad that it doesn’t, ya know for historical purposes and what not.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      What? I thought all 9mms in WW2 used Glock mags… Isnt that what was in the Luger?

  • Hellbilly

    These will sell like a stack of generators during an extended power outage!

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  • Vitor Roma

    The cool thing about the MP40 is that the mag works as a front grip without being categorized as an AOW.

    • PK

      The same goes for quite a few pistols, thankfully. It really does help when they’re so heavy!

    • Requiescat in pace

      Although the original MP40 was not intended to be fired as the mag used as front grip.

  • Andy

    Buddy of mine already has his, got it two weeks ago I think.

  • Maxpwr

    Wish that the Bush-Clinton import ban would be overturned so these could come in with the stock already attached albeit with a 16″ barrel so we could have a rifle version without registering your SBR with the government or having to put US 922r parts on. Either way, I think I’ll get one though it’s another bulky pistol like my Zenith MP5k copy.

    In WWII did the Germans ever use an underfolding “pistol stabilizing brace” they could put up to their shoulder with these?…

  • Ratcraft

    I just ordered one. I haven’t bought a gun in close to 6 months. I was doing so good too. Thought I had this addiction beat. Oh well time for another bender… where’s the mags!

  • Edison Frisbee

    Zamak??? No thanks…

    • Jeff Smith

      Did I miss something? Does it say it’s made of Zamak somewhere?

      • Twilight sparkle

        It doesn’t say it but it’s what gsg is known for. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the bolt was die-cast zink

        • Patrick

          It says it on their website. “Frame Construction – Zamak 5 with Polymer Accents”

    • Jeff Smith

      Aww, man, I was hoping you were wrong, but ATI’s site confirms it – the frame is zamak 5.

      I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about metallurgy – anyone know if “zamak 5” is any better than regular “pot metal” for making firearms?

      • PK

        It’s got a higher melting point, isn’t as brittle… you’d be surprised how much of modern guns’ construction are polymers, zinc alloy, powdered metal formed in molds, and similar awful-seeming materials, and I don’t mean on obvious things such as the Glock frame. They’re used because they’re less expensive for everyone, easier to work with, and they’re suitable for the application.

        Truly, it’s nothing to worry about. Look at the Zamak 5 specs:

        Ultimate tensile strength 48,000 psi (39,000 psi aged)
        Yield strength (0.2% offset) 43,000 psi
        Impact strength 38 ft-lbf (41 ft-lbf aged)
        Shear strength 38,000 psi
        Compressive yield strength 87,000 psi
        Fatigue strength (reverse bending 5×108 cycles) 8,300 psi
        Hardness 91 Brinell
        Solidification range (melting range) 716—727 °F

        • Jeff Smith

          Very interesting! I’m guessing the lower portion of the receiver is zamak 5 and upper portion is steel. I hope it holds up well!

          • PK

            I expect that much of the construction is Zamak 5, with steel lining and reinforcement as needed. Otherwise, the cost would be substantially higher. The use of cast construction is that they can produce a relatively small number to meet market demand, and yet have a reasonable price from the get-go, while the product remains functional and durable.

            Overall, without reworking the original construction methods from the ground up, this is a wise solution for production of a semi-auto reproduction. Metal instead of polymer, inexpensive, still has the original heft, it’ll be plenty durable, it has the look, and it’s still well under a thousand dollars!

        • Blake

          awesome, thanks for posting that.

          if folks haven’t seen it yet, is an excellent materials properties database. for example, here’s a comparison of Zamak 5 vs. standard 304 stainless steel:

      • Carl_N_Brown

        Zamak has industry standards for purity of alloy.

        Pot metal had no standards and could be full of corrosive impurities and air pockets and literally could rot from the inside out. Pot metal was what was used for cap guns and other throw-away toys and cheap ornaments.

        Don’t dismiss Zamak or aluminum as pot metals or white metals.

        I still wish it were steel but then it would really be out of my price range.

        • Jeff Smith

          Thanks for the info! I don’t know much about metallurgy, so your info is reassuring. The only real experience I have with zinc-based “pot metals” in guns are from old pellet rifles from my childhood and some of the “ring of fire”/”Saturday Night Special” guns. Long story short, they seemed to break fairly easily.

          It’s nice to know it can be done to a higher quality.

    • Ratcraft

      Only if machined from billet titanium mined in the Swiss alp’s by the offspring of Heinz Gudarians panzer commanders.

  • USMC03Vet

    Whoa. A non 9mm AR reasonably priced pseudo pistol? I’m shocked. All metal too? I’m in a coma.

    • int19h

      Indeed. We’ll see how reliable this is – remember Chiappa M1-9? – but if it works well, I’m in.

    • Ben Rogers

      What metal? Is it zinc or steel? That matters a lot.

  • Gabriel

    I bought this a couple of weeks ago. It’s a fun range toy, but that’s about it.

  • RSG

    Wonder how long before a brace adapter is announced.

  • Jose

    Will they consider making an adapter that allow the use of a telescopic armbrace, if they can make one (SB Tactical already had one, but it’s only for AR-15 type pistols)?

  • Vhyrus

    Can’t wait for an underfolding arm brace version.

    • The Punisher

      Murder Brace! Murder Brace! Murder Brace!

      • Bill

        Well of course! Haven’t you heard that the harder it is to conceal, the deadlier it is? Chuck and Dianne say so!

  • Raptor Fred

    Ok so who’s gonna make the bumpfire pistol grip for this thing??? Because that’s what people really wanna do you know.

    • PK

      A bumpfire pistol grip suitable for semi auto pistols such as the AR and AK and so on has been patented, but so far nothing has been produced for sale.

      • Raptor Fred

        Dang patent hoarders.

        • PK

          Luckily it’s not owned by a patent troll sort of company, but by the inventor himself. He just hasn’t produced any for sale, yet. Looking for a bumpfire pistol grip on YouTube should show his work.

          • Ben Pottinger

            The problem is the mp40 is designed to fire slowly. Heck, with a decent lightweight trigger you could probably reach its maximum ROF. Nothing about American NFA/firearm laws make sense. Guns like the MP40 or grease gun shouldn’t even be considered MGs at all. The “little bit of logic” gun laws sometimes seemed to have are now totally broken with all the new accessories. SBR regulations are silly now that you can just “brace” anything you want. And triggers like the BFS and Echo have rendered the ban on pre 86 autos even dumber then it was before. I can buy a 350$ trigger that can easily run 1200rpm but I can’t but an old open bolt WWII MG that fires 500-600rpm?

            They just need to drop the NFA period. Or at the very least strike the suppressor and SBR functions of the NFA and the may 86 amendment banning new manufacturered MGs for civilian ownership. I’d suffer through the paperwork and tax stamp for a MG, only because I’d worry about the mental health of some antis if we managed to make MGs a simple title 2 “pay and walk” purchase. Lol

  • Raptor Fred
    • Brett

      I never thought something so floppy could look so good.

  • FT_Ward

    A “replica” of an open bolt gun full auto that fires only on semi-auto from a closed bolt isn’t a replica any more than those kits you pit on a Volkswagen Beetle chassis were Ferrari replicas.

    • Cymond

      It said as much in their own press release.

      “The GSG-MP40P is a new manufactured pistol and is only a replica in appearance to the original MP-40. This pistol is not compatible with original WWII MP-40 parts or magazines.”

    • Bill

      Bring back the Continental kit!

  • Cal.Bar

    Well, count CA out of this one. It’s an “assault pistol” under the new law and a pistol not on our safe handgun roster, and thus un-importable for TWO reasons.

    • Cymond

      Sadly, we can count CA out more than we can count them I .

  • Blake

    Christmas is early this year 🙂

    I really want one of these with a 16″ bbl & 922(r) kit (in that order…).
    (I just don’t have the appetite for SBR paperwork…)

    In the mean time, they sell a bungee sling for it:

    Thanks to GSG & ATI for jumping through all the hoops to finally bring this to market.

  • UCSPanther

    I really wish these would come to Canada. I have always wanted an MP40 smg clone.

    That said, it would be fun to show up and compete at a carbine event with one of these while dressed as a guard from Rise of the Triad…

  • John McPherson

    No matter what you call it, zinc (in many alloys) is used a sacrificial metal to protect other metals in lots of applications. I have seen many Zamak made items pitted from the sweat of your hand on the bare metal. It simply is a cheap way to cast in detail but does not hold up well. Remember all of those chrome trims parts on cars of the past and the speed with which they rotted off the cars which were made of zinc alloys. Yes this is a better alloy, but still zinc at the base. “While zamak is held to higher industrial standards, it is still considered a pot metal.” ”

    Zamak alloys are also used in firearms, including those manufactured by:


    Hi-Point Firearms

    Raven Arms

    Jimenez Arms

    Sundance Industries

    Lorcin Engineering Company

    Arcadia Machine & Tool

    Davis Industries

    Phoenix Arms”

    All well know producers of high quality firearms. Just make up your own mind.

  • Bob in Houston

    I was waving my credit card at the screen screaming take my money til I saw the “Zamak 5”, wish there was a steel option, I’d of been willing to pay more for that definitely.

  • camosoul

    Oh, please let me buy some new mags when they could have used existing mags… Am I the only one who considers this when buying a new gun? I already have boxes of Sten and Uzi mags. Plenty of 9mm guns that use those. For less money. And made by not GSG, who has yet to make a gun that doesn’t suck.