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Weapon Files: MP 40

Welcome to the second installment of the Weapon Files. Yesterday we introduced this new section of the Heroes & Generals news blog with a discussion about weapon ranges. Now it is time for serious business. We’ll begin by revisiting one of the most popular weapons in the game: the dreaded Maschinenpistole 40 !

Close Combat

Submachine guns are weapons of close combat and urban warfare, offering both good stability and a high rate of fire, two crucial characteristics when faced against enemies who move quickly from cover to cover. Historically, the MP 40 was primarily issued to German squad leaders and paratroopers, with the bulk of German troops using Kar98s. However after the Battle of Stalingrad, where the Wehrmacht encountered entire Red Army battalions equipped with PPSh submachine guns, the Germans also began to adopt all-SMG tactics, albeit on a more limited scale. It is estimated that around 1 million MP 40s were produced during WWII.

But, some of you must be wondering, why is it called a submachine gun? How does it differ from other automatic weapons? The answer lies both with the ammunition type and the size of the weapon. Submachine guns use pistol cartridges rather than rifle cartridges, and pistol ammunition does not “kick” as hard (lower muzzle velocity), which means that range is sacrificed in favor of stability. Not only is the recoil much lower than that of light machine guns, but in addition SMGs are also smaller in size and lighter in weight, making them much easier to handle in fully automatic fire.

The recoil on a MP 40 is minimal, as the bolt absorbs most of the energy from the expanding gunpowder gases and transfers it in turn to the loading mechanism (this is called blowback operation). Another notable advantage is the relatively short reload time, comparable to that of a clip-fed semi-automatic rifle. However, the MP 40’s damage and accuracy start to rapidly decrease at mid-range, making it less useful in the middle of an open field. But when it comes to street battles, the MP 40 is your best friend.

Stay tuned for more!

  1. SemperFiSemperFi04-25-2014

    oh nice the weapon distance range n1
    but my <3 goes to the MG 42 :D

  2. kalashnjkovkalashnjkov04-26-2014

    Give my mp40 a real flippable rear sight, please. :)

  3. IkariiamgodIkariiamgod04-26-2014

    the range should be increased, it is ridiculous to shoot more than 5 times a person, and does not die

  4. RU5LANRU5LAN04-26-2014

    y la mp40 disparaba agua?

  5. VasilyGrigoryevichZaytsevVasilyGrigoryevichZaytsev04-26-2014

    The MP40 Was Using The 9×19 Parabellum Pistol Cartridge And A Slow 500 Rounds Per Minute Rate Of Fire. So The MP40 Is Not A Powerful Sub-Machine Gun In WW2, But It Very Stable And Accurate During Fully Automatic Fire. Due To Its Using A Low Power 9×19 Parabellum (Low Stopping Power & Penetrated Power Cartridges) So Makes The Gun Less Recoil And This Gun Has A Low Rate Of Fire So This Gun Is Not A Powerful Sub-Machine Gun In That Time. It Cant Make Any Surprising To The Enemy.

    The M1A1 Thompson Is Not The Same. It Using A High Powered .45 ACP (11.43×23) Pistol Cartridges (This Cartridges Has A High Powered Of Penetration It Can Kill An Enemy With 1 Or 2 Shot When During In No Body Armor Protect) And With A 700 Rounds Per Minute High Rate Of Fire Giving Surprising To The Enemy When In Trench Combat. This Gun Has Massacre Many German Soldier During WW2 In Trench Warfare, And Make The German Very Hate This Gun. But This Gun Has A Heavy Recoil During Fully Automatic Fire And High Rate Of Fire. Due To Using The High Powered Ammunation So Make The Gun Not Controlable Buts Its Powerful.

  6. VasilyGrigoryevichZaytsevVasilyGrigoryevichZaytsev04-26-2014

    When The American Army During The War Saw The German Using MP40 Sub-Machine Gun Is Very Compact And Reliable And The American Try To Design A New Sub-Machine Gun During The War And Replace The M1A1 Thompson. Thats Is The M3A1 Sub-Machine Gun (Sometimes We Know It As The Grease Gun) This Gun Was Using The .45 ACP Cartridges Same As The Thompson & It Slow Down The Rate Of Fire To 450 Rounds Per Minute And Make This Gun More Controlable Like The MP40. But This Gun Just Produced A Few Unit In The WW2. Because Its Fire Power Is Not Very Supported In The Battlefield, So The American Using The M3A1 & M1A1 Thompson Both Of This Sub-Machine Gun In The Battlefield Of The Second World War.

  7. VasilyGrigoryevichZaytsevVasilyGrigoryevichZaytsev04-26-2014

    The British Army Still The Same They See The German Army In Hand Is The MP40 Sub-Machine Gun And They Try To Design Their Own British Sub-Machine Gun In The Second World War And They Cope The The Technology Of The MP40 & Design A Sten Mk II Sub-Machine Gun. This Gun Is Using The Same Caliber As The MP40 (9×19 Parabellum) & The Same Rate Of Fire (500 Rounds Per Minute). But This Gun Is Not Accurate Due To The Magazine Is Load In The Left Hand Side Of The Gun And You Must Hold The Grab The The Magazine During Fire So Makes The Gun Loose Its Accuracy. The MP40 Is Accurate Than The Sten Mk II Due To Its Magazine Is Load At The Under Of The Gun But The MP40 Just Has Fully Automatic Mode. Not LIke The Sten Mk II Has A Selective Fire Switch You Can Switch It To Full Or Semi Moder Fire. But The MP40 Is Better

  8. VasilyGrigoryevichZaytsevVasilyGrigoryevichZaytsev04-26-2014

    The Soviet Union Makes The PPSh-41 Sub-Machine Gun Is A 2nd Powerful Sub-Machine Gun In The WW2. Its Using The 7.62×25 Tokarev Pistol Cartridges (The Power Is Lower Than The .45 ACP Cartridges Buts Power Than The 9×19 Parabellum Cartridges) This Pistol Cartridges Is The USSR Designed To Penetrated The German M42 Helmet And Also Know The Cartridge Is Copy & Modified From The 7.63×25 Mauser Cartridges (The Bullets Of The Mauser C96 Pistol) And This Sub-Machine Gun Has A High Rate Of Fire 1000 Rounds Per Minute And With A High Capacity 71 Rounds Drum Magazine.

  9. VasilyGrigoryevichZaytsevVasilyGrigoryevichZaytsev04-26-2014

    The Soviet Army In The Second World War Thinks The PPSh-41 (Shpagina SMG) Is Not Compact & Reliable. So The Inventor Alexi Sudayev (Small Arms Designer In Leningrad) He Try To Invent A New Sub-Machine Gun To The Soviet Armed Forces In The Wartime (The Time Is German Invade Of Leningrad) So The Sub-Machine Gun Of Georgin Shpagin (PPSh-41 Stalingrad SMG) Was Difficult To Produce Due To The Soviet Need To Quick Produce To Defends Leningrad So Alexi Sudayev Was Invent A New PPS-43 Sub-Machine Gun (Sudayev SMG) In 1943 And This Gun Is Simple To Made Than The PPSh-41 And Available To Quick Produce And In 1943 A Lot Of Soviet Army Were Quickly Armed With The PPS-43 New Sub-Machine Gun. So The Red Army The Can Choose Their Favourite SMG During The War The PPSh-41 Or The PPS-43 If Who Need A Compact In The Battlefield They Can Choose The PPS-43. The PPS-43 Was Using The Same Caliber As The PPSh-41 (7.62×25 Tokarev) And The The Rate Of Fire Slow Down To 600 Rounds Per Minute Makes The Gun Less Recoil And More Controlable.

  10. VasilyGrigoryevichZaytsevVasilyGrigoryevichZaytsev04-28-2014

    Why The MP40 In Heroes & Generals The Stock Is Folded. I Don’t Like The Stock Of The MP40 Is Folded.

  11. yinmastahyinmastah04-28-2014

    Maybe You Should Not Use Capitals At Every New Word Because That Is Quite Annoying. Also Please Stop Spamming!


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