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Maschinen Pistole 40 Submachinegun
A successor to the MP-38 submachine gun, it only modification was a better safety and simplified design. Originally designed as a personal defense weapon to the panzer and kampfer crewmen, it quickly became obvious that grenadiers and infantry needed assault weapons more suited to the high speed offensive battle than a common, slow firing bolt action rifle. It was produced throughout the war, being replaced in the field starting 1942 by the Mkb42 and later MP43 assault rifles. It was then given a new life as a assault weapon of the Volksgrenadier infantry units who were starved for firepower. The basic load consisted of a dual-sling hi capacity magazine and two pouches holding three standard (32rd) clips apiece for a total of 256 rounds.
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Maschinen Pistole 722 (f) Submachinegun
The MAS 1938 submachine gun entered limited scale production with the french forces beggining 1939. An unusual looking weapon, with a strage bent look and an unusual saftey catch, it was a solid and accurate weapon. Its only downside was the poor choice of ammunition for the weapon, and the fact that it never had time to stand out in the french army, due to the capture of the St. Etienne plant by the Germans, as it was entering large scale production. The weapon was than converted to fire the 9mm ammunition and produced until late 1942 when the factory was destroyed in a night bombing run by British bomber command. The MP-722(f) became fairly common however, sharing the fate of all german submachine guns when replaced by the MP-43, it was delegated to second line combat formations. The basic load consisted of a dual-sling hi capacity magazine and two pouches holding three standard (32rd) clips apiece for a total of 256 rounds.
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Maschinen Pistole 717 (r) Submachinegun
During operation Barbarosa, the common infantryman was starved for firepower. Submachine guns were in short supply and the Soviet infantry carried considerably increasing numbers of these weapons, providing themselves with strong shock firepower. This was however quickly helped by two things. First was the capture of huge pockets of soviet forces early in the campaign, providing the Wermacht with considerable supplies of the PPsh-41 SMG. The second was the capture of a large factory which produced these very weapons during the capture of Kiev. The PPsh was a popular weapon, however the use of the 7.62mm TT ammunition which it fired was common among partisan units. Also the average soldier was well used to seeing the drum fed PPsh-41 and would usually shoot on sight anyone carrying it It was therefore undertaken to rechamber these very weapons to fire the 9mm round used by the German army. These weapons were than named MP 717(r). The old 71rd drum was phased out and replaced by the 64rd dual-sling magazine. In addition the weapon is compatible with the 32rd clip used by the MP-40. This than became the second most common SMG in the german army, sharing the fate of the MP-40, when rendered obsolete by the MP43, it was transferred to Volksgrenadier units. The basic load consisted of a dual-sling hi capacity magazine and two pouches holding three standard (32rd) clips apiece for a total of 256 rounds.
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* Can also use the 32rd box magazine. On a MoF of 4+ with the 64rd magazine, the weapon jams.