Green lemon posted a few interesting pictures on Twitter.
It seems we’re looking at an MP40 sub-machine gun in Syria.
The markings on the machine gun suggest it was made in the late Styer production, 1942.
One benefit with this gun (versus an Stg 44 which are also in use) is that the ammunition would be readily available as it’s in 9×19 Parabellum.
World War II meets 2017, notice the smart phone.
The original Twitter
From Wikipedia, about the MP40:
Designed in 1938 by Heinrich Vollmer with inspiration from its predecessor the MP 38, it was heavily used by infantrymen, paratroopers, platoon and squad leaders on the Eastern and Western Front. 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, despite Hugo Schmeisser’s non-involvement in the weapon’s design and production. From 1940 to 1945, an estimated 1.1 million were produced by Erma Werke.
Below: “Everything that can be invented has already been invented” – I love the design of this fold-able stock, it’s just perfection.
The MP 40 sub-machine guns are designed as open-bolt and blowback-operated fully automatic arms.
To my knowledge there are no other modes than “safe” or “fully automatic”, so you have to control the rate of fire with your trigger finger. Judging by most of the videos I’ve seen from the area, the users seem happy with fully auto only.
This was posted in relation to the original Twitter, but is most likely another gun, another time etc.
Trigger discipline at work.
If you want to dig deeper I can recommend these sources:
I would be very interesting to see the full history of this MP40, and to trace its travels around the World.