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The MP40 Full Auto Submachine Gun


– Hey guys, this is Alex C. with TFBTV. Today we’ve got a really cool historical gun to review. This is gonna be a German MP 40. It’s in really good shape
for being as old as it is, most of you will recognize
this from movies with World War II in them, the image of the German soldier, or NCO carrying one of these is a pretty iconic sight. So today we’re going to shoot it and see how it goes. (bursts of firing) I gotta say, it’s really easy to keep on target, and the recoil is ridiculously low. All right guys, so one of the reasons the MP 40 is so smooth is because it operates under a principle that we know now as constant recoil. That is to say that the bolt doesn’t actually contact
the rear of the receiver, it’s got a telescoping firing pin that acts as a pneumatic buffer, which is really cool,
and I’ll show you that a little later. But kinda to show how
it works under shooting, here’s where the sear is so watch how far the bolt recoils. And you’ll notice it does
not go all the way back. (fires single shots) (fires short bursts) I gotta say that pneumatic buffer really helps with recoil. It’s even lighter than an Uzi, I mean, I’m very impressed with this gun. (constant firing slowed down) So the MP 40’s a pretty simple gun, it’s full auto only, so it lacks kind of the user-friendliness of a gun
that’s select fire, like a STEN and I never thought I’d say user-friendliness and STEN
in the same sentence, but it is nice to have a single shot option. However, with the MP 40, the cyclic rate’s slow enough to where you can pull off singles. (fires single shots) And then three-round bursts are also (drowned out by firing) And all in all, the gun’s
just a pleasure to shoot. I’ve shot all the big 9mm submachine guns, and this is just about as controllable as the best of them. – So now that Alex told you a little bit about the gun, I’m gettin’ a opportunity to go ahead and put some rounds through it. I’d say it’s kind of a dream come true. Kind’ve lusted after the opportunity to shoot one of these for a long time. (short bursts of fire) You know, Alex is right, this thing is possibly the most controllable sub’ gun
I’ve had the opportunity to get behind. I think they were really on to something. So now one benefit that this gun has over the M1 Thompson that we were using well, the U.S. was using is that the stock can be folded. You know, that really makes a difference when you’re dealing with crew vehicles and tanks or whatever have you. We did have the ‘grease gun’ but they really kind of beat
us to the punch here. So I’m gonna give it a shot, see if we can’t go ahead and get it cycle properly. with the stock folded. (two short bursts) That really is pretty controllable, and (three short bursts) Such an outstanding gun. So Patrick hit a little
bit on the folding stock. The folding stock is one of this weapon’s greatest legacies. All the AK-47 folding stocks that you see are based on this mechanism, which is very cool, simple button with the swiveling buttplate here. And you can’t go to the
range with a machine gun without doing a Magnum. (fires continuously) That’s just satisfying. All right, so I wanted to give you a little overview of the MP 40, how it works, how it
field strips, et cetera. You notice there is a safety notch for the bolt handle. In this position the gun cannot be fired. So to field strip the gun, first you’re gonna wanna
undo it from the notch, let it ride forward, and then there’s a small disc on the bottom of the gun that you pull down, and rotate a half-turn. After you’ve done this, you can separate the
upper and lower receivers by pulling the trigger and rotating them away from each other. The last and final step is to grab that bolt handle pull back, and out comes the telescoping firing pin and the bolt. Now here you can really see how the telescoping firing pin works, it contains the recoil spring, and it is pneumatic, you’ll notice there is
a hole on both sides of the front section, and this allows air to help with a sort of a buffering mechanism. All in all, it’s a very cool system. All right guys, now you’ve heard us yammer on about this thing, I think it’s time for us to just have a little fun. (bursts of fire) And fun that is. (bursts of fire) Ahhh! It’s good stuff. (bursts of fire) So we got one mag left for the MP 40 and I’ve loaded it up with a mix of 124-grain brass case and 115-grain steel case. Both of which kinda were right for the gun. So I wanted to see if the rate of fire changed with the different bullet weights. Well, here we go. (steady firing) Looks like it’s pretty consistent. – All right guys, we hope you enjoyed our MP 40 video. I know I really had a lot of fun shooting this gun. – Yeah, I know, it’s a fabulous gun. – You know, our next
video actually might be or well, not the next one, but coming up soon’ll be a
Thompson versus the MP 40 We’re both experienced submachine gunners, and I think it would
be cool to showcase how those two went head to head. – You know, I’m gonna be honest, but I’m not puttin’ any money on the Thompson. This thing is fabulous. – I will say, this thing is probably
more fun than a Thompson, but you know, we’ll compare accuracy and everything and factor that in. And see which one emerges. – Obviously we’re gonna
give ’em a fair shake, but you know, based on what we’ve seen today, the Germans really did a fabulous job with this gun. – They did, they did. Anyway guys, thanks
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100 thoughts on “The MP40 Full Auto Submachine Gun

  1. There were quite a few American soldiers that would pick up an use MP40'S in WWll. They found out pretty quickly how effective and controllable it was. I can't say that I wouldn't have done the same!

  2. that is crazy I'm blown away at how it doesn't even move shooting one handed. that is extremely controllable.

  3. Not for nothing but if i was in WW2 i would use german weapons…they were better and you could just take ammo and mags off dead Nazi's….it's a win win…stg44….mp40…..but not the p08….I'd still take my 1911 .45 over the 9mm p08 😉

  4. want to die by the bullets of mp40? go back the 1940s and entered a battle field and show the Germans your middle finger.

  5. I though automatic weapons were illegal.. Don't you have to have like a special lisence or something specifically for automatic firearms

  6. That bolt/buffer design is pretty interesting, and it obviously works. The lack of muzzle rise is amazing. Never seen one fired. Always heard they are a great design. Good to see it. Nice video.

  7. I know what you mean it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot ! I had a change to shoot one Some years ago . And be a half owner yea their great you just have to watch your self on the ammo uses their so fun to shoot. I'd go to war with one If I had to a great clause in weapon. Have fun guys I did.

  8. So let's say I've got an MP40 with a cut receiver… where might I be able to get it returned to working order?

  9. I've had the pleasure of firing one of these myself, along with a few other sub guns. in as far as controllability I think this is superior to even the MP5.

  10. "Pneumatic buffer?" Actually, there are two recoil springs within the Vollmer telescoping recoil spring housing. Pull the bolt almost all the way to the rear to feel the resistance of the second spring, which is the buffer spring.

  11. I wan't one of those…
    AND NONE OF THAT CHEAP 'REPRODUCTION' STUFF THAT ONLY FIRES SEMI-AUTO. IF I'M GUNNA GET ONE OF THESE WHEN I'M OLD ENOUGH, I WANT IT FULL AUTO. IF I WANT A SEMI-AUTO 9MM LUGER GUN, I SHOULD JUST GET A LUGER CARBINE.

  12. The MP 40 uses 9mm ammo rather than the 45 ACP of the M1A1 or M3 Grease Gun. As a result, it doesn't have as much recoil with each round. It's like comparing the 9mm M9 Beretta vs the Colt 1911. The tradeoff is that the 9mm ammo doesn't have as much knockdown power as the 45 ACP. Submachine guns are meant for close-quarters so accuracy is not too big an issue.

  13. never knew it was so stable in movies they kinda spray outta control it looks better for urban combat too from the PPSh-41

  14. If you play Call of Duty: Finest Hour, which is a spin-off game for the Gamecube, the MP40 magazines from the dropped German enemies is somehow more common than dropped PPSh mags. If you want to play it, you can either play it with a GameCube controller on your WII if you want to purchase a physical copy, or you can just download the GameCube emulator and the ISO for the game. You can also get the ISO by using your WII or GameCube to rip it, but it requires a lot of hacking to do. Also, I can't do that because my WII just reached the end of it's life. It's the second home console that died on our family. The one that died before it was my brother's PS2 slim. RIP.

  15. one of the things not really mentioned is that the ammo wasn't typical 9mm luger. it was "hot rounds", which generated about 20% more power than a typical 9×19. I love america, i love the thompson, but as an enthusiast… the germans really had us beat with this gun. the break down is a dream, the accuracy is sublime. this gun is 40 years ahead of its time. i'd be ok with using this gun for defense any time, any day

  16. I don't know much about guns but if this feed mechanism is so effective at reducing recoil why are new automatic weapons not using it?

  17. And this is why I like the MP40
    -Small recoil
    -Pretty fast at emptying the mag
    -Light
    -Interesting design

  18. When ever I see this gun I see a picture of a bunch of Jews standing in a row, having their hands tied and eyes folded and executed for some reason…

  19. I'm from Ireland how can I get to america… The yanks have everything in the great United States of America…

  20. 指きりで単発で撃てるのですね('ω')
    MP40は「名前は知らないけど映画で見たことある銃」の代名詞ですよね('ω')

  21. Want to hear something crazy in an old squadron signal publications in action on the early stages of the Vietnam War there is a photograph of South Vietnamese soldiers armed with mp40s.

    But the MP40 was the finest submachine gun of World War II it was cheaper and more accurate than the beloved but heavy Thompson and was more accurate than the sten.

  22. Somehow while shooting these in ps games I would find the MP40 a better weapon to use than the Tommy gun. Of course I really don't know what it is like in the real world.

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