~ WW2 Old Spec 1943 Lanchester MK1* Sub Machine Gun ~
A decent example of well preserved long service Lanchester MK1* sub machine gun by Sterling Armories with magazine made in 1943. The gun is marked on the brass magazine cover "Lanchester MK.1.* 55548 S M/94" with two broad arrows pointing towards each other and other proof marks.
Also, on the same brass part but on top of the barrel is stamped the production year '43' and another proof mark.
On the opposite side is an Egyptian stamp and a pair of Egyptian proof marks.
On the carrying belt/bayonet fitting on the barrel is stamped the serial 'S271'.
On the stock is manually etched the serial '7vr9v'.
The deactivation certificate is dated 10.1.1995.
~ Dimensions ~
The gun measures 33 inches (84cm) in total. The barrel measures 8 inches (20cm). The weight is 4.3kg.
~ Condition ~
The submachine gun is in good, used condition. There is some light bruising to the woodwork with some minor chips. The metal has darkened. The magazine has some rust. The Lanchester can be cocked and dry fired.
~ Lanchester SMG ~
The Lanchester is a submachine gun (SMG) manufactured by the Sterling Armaments Company between 1941 and 1945. It is a copy of the German MP28/II and was manufactured in two versions, Mk.1 and Mk.1*; the latter was a simplified version of the original Mk.1, with no fire selector and simplified sights. It was primarily used by the British Royal Navy during the Second World War, and to a lesser extent by Royal Air Force regiments (for airfield protection). It was given the general designation of Lanchester after George Herbert Lanchester who was charged with producing the weapon at the Sterling Armaments Company.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £18 or the Lanchester can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.