Maschinenpistole 40
MP40
Schmeisser
Mp401.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Designer Heinrich Vollmer
Manufacturer Erma Werke
Produced In 1940–1945
Type Submachine gun
Effective range 70 - 100 metres
Rate of Fire 500 rounds/min
Magazine MP40/I: 32-round

MP40/II: 64-round

Ammunition 9x19mm Parabellum
General Ingame Information
Debut in FHSW Debut in Battlefield 1942
Used by Germany
Hungary
Italy
Used in vehicles Panzertriebwagen 16
Tiger Ausf. E "Mid Version"
Ferdinand/Elefant
Panther D
Flakpanzer V "Coelian"
Panzerkampfwagen Maus
Sturmtiger
War Horse
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It is built solely from metal, weighs 4 kg and shoots 9mm in 500 rounds/min. This is the famous and legendary MP40 often called the Schmeisser. This machinepistol is designed on the predecessor of the MP36 and the MP38. It is an open-bolt and blowback-operated automatic machinepistol. In contrast to its predecessor, which was made of machined steel, the MP40 was made from stamped steel. This made it easier to build this machinepistol. Approximately 1 million machinepistols were produced between 1940 and 1945 by the factories of Erma, Haenel and Steyr. Used by Germany, the MP40 was part of the equipment of paratroopers and platoon and squad leaders, meanwhile most troops used the Kar 98k. The gun was powerful, but technical problems ensured that the Germans would rather have used the Russian PPSh submachine gun than the MP40. And since there were never enough MP40's to go around, because the raw material and labor costs made it expensive to produce alongside the Kar98 rifles. Starting in 1943, the German army moved to replace both the Kar98k rifle and MP40 with the new MP43/44 assault rifle, later known as the StG 44.
Many countries involved in World War II developed submachine guns which had a similar features to the MP 40 (with a folding stock, the magazine as a front handgrip, and cheap production techniques). The most famous examples are the Soviet PPS-43 and the American Grease gun. Most derivative designs also copied the troublesome magazine design as well. After the war, many countries made their own machinepistols based on the MP40. Such like the Belgian Vigneron submachine gun, Spanish Z-45 and Yugoslavian Zastava M56.
Officially, three MP40 designs were designed:

  • MP40/I — Main production version.
  • MP40/II — Experimental version with two side by side 32-round magazines. The MP40/II was tested in 1942. This version of the MP40 had a two-magazine receiver that slides horizontally to use the additional magazine when the first becomes depleted. It was intended to counter the superior firepower of the Soviet PPSh-41, but it made the weapon heavy and unbalanced in the field, and did not work well. However, by 1943 the Soviets had shifted the production of PPSh-41 drums to 35 round stick magazines due to combat malfunctions.
  • MP41 — A variant designed by Louis Schmeisser for the Haenel Company, which featured the receiver, operating mechanism, and magazine housing of the MP40 and a stock, trigger and fire selector similar to the MP28.
Ge MP40 Horse icon.jpg

The MP 40 is the best suited weapon when on the offensive until the Stg 44 is available. It can be fired on the move and even on horseback. Kits with the War Horse are mobile even without mechanization. Since they always have access to a horse.

Later in the war certain armoured vehicles have pistol ports where the MP 40 is used. On later variants of these vehicles it is often absent and replaced with Nahverteidigungswaffe for close range defence against infantry. Although some vehicles have both, such as the Maus. A unique example is the Panther Ausf. D where in lack of a hull mounted MG34 (which all later variants of the vehicle would have) a MP 40 is used instead. Pistol ports for the MP 40 are generally found on the back and sides of the turret or superstructure if no rotating turret is present on the vehicle.

MP 40 with silencer[edit | edit source]

Maschinenpistole 40 with silencer
Mp401s.jpg
General Historical Information
Place of origin Germany
Designer Heinrich Vollmer
Manufacturer Erma Werke
Produced In 1944-1945
Type Submachine gun
Effective range 70 - 100 metres
Rate of Fire 500 rounds/min
Magazine 32-round
Ammunition 9x19mm Parabellum
General Ingame Information
Debut in FHSW Unknown
Used by Germany
USA
MP40silencerreal.jpg

Requests were sent to the firms Arado and Schneider AG to develop suppressors for the MP 40. In 1943 the first samples were presented and in 1944 testing ensued at Kummersdorf. The HUB-L41 was made by Arado and the HUB-L41 by Schneider AG, the "4" denoting them as an suppressor for submachine guns.

During the war, the MP40 was rarely equipped with a silencer. This reduces the sound and makes sure this machinepistol is a silent and deadly weapon. In FHSW, you can find it on very few maps. When you have this weapon, via a pick-up kit, you can kill people without making any noise. The people will show up in the chat as "killed by" (the name of a silenced weapon never appears in the chat).

MP 40/II[edit | edit source]

MP40/I
MP40/II
MP40-II
MP40 II.jpg
General Historical Information
Manufacturer Erma
Steyr
Produced In 1943-??
General Ingame Information
Debut in FHSW ??
MP40-II
v0.61
(MP 40/II with higher rate of fire)
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There are two different less common variants of the MP40 which modify in two different aspects.

MP40-II (Dual Magazine) Also referred to as MP40/I[edit | edit source]

MP40-II.jpg

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Has a doubled magazine capacity of 64 rounds. Unlike the real life model the magazines are fixed together and both feed into the gun without further manual handling. Otherwise identical performance as standard version.

MP40/II (Higher rate of fire)[edit | edit source]

MP 40II.jpg

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Is identical in appearance to the standard MP 40 but has a higher rate of fire at the cost of accuracy. Rate of fire is even higher than the PPSh-41. It can only be differentiated from the regular MP 40 from the different inventory icon and by its performance.This model is fictious but this type of modification is possible.

Although with "Random MP/SMG" kits the only way to know is by firing.

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