Mystery German WW1 Sub Machine Gun

Nathan S
by Nathan S

YouTube user JManTime posted up a video on a very unique firearm from WW1 that I would contend that our own Ian from Forgotten Weapons would not know its provenance. The design is a mechanical marvel, if only for the complexity and sheer number of parts that go into the design.

The firearm is housed at the Tula State University Museum in Russia, which only recently released the photographs of the firearm. Full video below from JMan, but it includes some insightful commentary on the design, features, and likely intended usage of the firearm.

Thanks, Miles!

Description from the video:

Published on Aug 20, 2014

Forgotten German World War 1 Submachine Guns

In 2014 the Tula State University museum in Russia released photo’s of a Mystery German submachine Gun from World War 1. It might have been captured by Russian Forces during the war. During World War 1, the imperial German military designed at least 7 Submachine Gun prototypes, with the Bergmann MP-18 being the only one adopted by the military in 1918. This Submachine gun seems to be based on both the MG 08/15 and the Danish Madsen machine guns. No one knows how this weapon ended up in Russia, but it could have been captured during the Romanian Campaign of 1916 – 1918, but that’s just a guess.

Sources –……

Book – G. de Vries, BJ Martens: The MP 38, 40, 40/1 and 41 Submachine gun, Propaganda Photos Series, Volume 2, Special Interest Publicaties BV, Arnhem, The Netherlands.First Edition 2001

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • BryanS BryanS on Aug 06, 2015

    Is there real video of this and not just a powerpoint presentation on youtube?

  • Zebra Dun Zebra Dun on Aug 08, 2015

    A Machine gun for horse mounted cavalry?
    Mounted to a saddle while charging the enemy!