The STEN 9 x 19mm sub-machine gun

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The STEN (or Sten gun) was a family of British sub machine guns, used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II and the Korean War.

They were notable for having a simple design and very low production cost making them effective insurgency weapons for resistance groups.

STEN is an acronym, cited as derived from the names of the weapon’s chief designers, Major Reginald V. Shepherd and Harold Turpin, and EN for Enfield (Royal Small Arms Factory Enfield). Over 4 million Stens in various versions were made in the 1940s.

Chambered for 9 x 19mm, the Sten used simple stamped metal components and minor welding, which required a minimum of machining and manufacturing.

Over the period of manufacture the Sten design was further simplified: the most basic model, the Mark III, could be produced from five man-hours work.

Sten guns of late 1942 and beyond were, in general, highly effective weapons, though complaints of accidental discharge continued throughout the war.

Such was the ease of manufacture that the Germans also produced a version of the Sten, the MP 3008, late in the war.

The Sten was replaced in the British Army by the Sterling Sub Machine Gun in 1953.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for British and Commonwealth forces use from 1940. It was widely used to arm Partisan forces in Occupied Europe and also used extensively by Jewish Partisans in the Israeli War of Independance.

Foxtrot example shown is a Sten, Mk II, chambered in 9 x 19mm, fitted with a skeleton stock and all metal parts are in a blued finish.

Film Set Notes

As with most 9mm SMG’s, they are reliable, actor friendly, useable in confined spaces and with their short barrel, give an excellent flash.