Very Rare MGC
WWII STEN MKIII
MGC Sten MKIII Video
Very rare steel MGC Sten MKIII
Made over 25 years ago. Sourced to order and converted to fire new type blowback cartridges
No visible makers name, just serial number : 03519 on one above. (each MGC Sten MKIII was given its own unique serial number)
Extra cartridges : £1.90 each
Spare Magazines : £18.95 each
The STEN name came out of names of the designers (R. V. Shepard and H.J. Turpin) and from the factory where they worked (Enfield arsenal). It was one of the most crude and ugly and simply, but effective submachineguns of the WW2. More than 4 millions of STENs of different versions were made from 1941 until 1945.
The first STEN, Sten MK.I, was developed in mid-1941. It was blowback operated, automatic weapon that fired from the open bolt. The tubular receiver and the barrel shroud were made from rolled steel. The gun was fed from left side mounted box magazines. The stock was of skeleton type, made from steel. Sights were fixed, adjusted for 100 yards distance, peep hole rear and blade front. The Mk.I featured spoon-like muzzle jump compensator. Some guns featured small folding forward grip.
The Sten mk.II was a mainstream gun, slightly smaller and lighter than Mk.I. It featured skeleton or wooden stocks. The magazine and the feeding module were the main drawbacks of the Mk.I and Mk.II, since those were prone to failures to feed. The magazines also often were loaded with only 30 rounds instead of full capacity of 32, to reduce strain on feed springs. The magazine housing was flexible to cover feed window when not in use. Some Mk.II's were manufactured with integral silencers for undercover operations and were marked as Mk.II(S).
The Sten MK.III was modification of mk.I. The major change was that the receiver and the barrel shroud was made from single sheet-steel tube that extended almost to the muzzle. Another changes were fixed magazine housing for improved reliability and small finger guard in the front of the ejection port. Internally, Mk.III was similar to Mk.I and has same variety of skeleton stocks. Mk.III first appeared in 1943.
The Sten mk.IV was only experimental and did not entered the production.
The Mk.V was an attempt to made Mk.II a more "good lookin'" gun. Being internally the same as Mk.II, the Mk.V featured wooden buttstock and rear handle, new front sight that allowed bayonet mount. Early mk.V's also featured wooden front grip, but it was prone to breakage and was removed soon. Mk.V's appeared in 1944 and remained in service until the early 1960s' being replaced by then-new Sterling SMGs.