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May 19, 2000, 02:40 AM
hello all.
more questions about old guns. This is for a friend. who resides in tennesse most of the time. I wants an mp40. and is willing to jump through as many hoops neccessary found a place on the web that has got parts kits. is it legal for him to take a parts kit and build it into a working gun? thanks

It ain't mah fault. did I do dat?

George Hill
May 19, 2000, 06:04 AM
Sure, as long as he legally buys and registers the reciever.

George Hill
May 19, 2000, 06:06 AM
Oh - I am guessing your meaning an MP5/40?
There is no HK MP40 or MP10 - but there are MP5/10s and MP5/40s.

4V50 Gary
May 19, 2000, 06:35 AM
Unless a registered receiver is found, you can't manufacture a new SMG unless it is for police, military or export.

May 19, 2000, 08:18 AM
The MP40 was the WWII German sub-machine gun. It was a manufacturing simplification of the MP38. Watch practically any WWII movie (especially older ones) and chances are you'll see the Germans carrying MP40s. Quite often they are mistakenly called Schmeissers.

Oleg Volk
May 19, 2000, 09:17 AM
The only way you can make a new one is if you have a manufacturer license. MP40 parts are relatively easy to find and it would be much cheaper to make one under mfg. license than to buy one that's transferrable ($5K here).

May 19, 2000, 01:21 PM
So putting together an MP40 isn't like putting together an Ar-15, where I get the receiver and then I can put it together? I won't be happy to here that. Anyone know where he could get an MP40, so how he can acquire one of them manf. License?

He really wants one. He lives in Tennessee most of the time


It ain't mah fault. did I do dat?

May 19, 2000, 03:26 PM
Personally, I liked the Freudian slip:

"This is for a friend. who resides in tennesse most of the time. I wants an mp40."

May 19, 2000, 05:21 PM
that wasn't as really that freeudian. This information is really for a friend. I live in California, and as such owning an MP40 is not something I dream about. although I would like an MP40, I won't hold my breath waiting for hte laws to change

It ain't mah fault. did I do dat?

James K
May 19, 2000, 07:45 PM
Registered MP.40s turn up from time to time. Check the auto weapons section of Shotgun News. The manufacturer's license idea may work, but you may have to show some proof that you are going into the business of manufacturing for police or military sales (you can't manufacture for sale to civilians or keep any guns you make if you go out of business).


May 20, 2000, 03:29 AM
Doesn't Ohio Ordnance sell 80% machined receivers for MP40s (among others)?

James K
May 20, 2000, 04:00 PM
There are 80% machined receivers for a lot of guns. It's that 20% that gets you 10 years.


December 1, 2004, 03:07 AM
theres a company that makes semi auto receivers for the mp40...seems like a good idea, or a semi auto reproduction of the mp40... ive recently been tracking down all the info i can find on the subject and i keep coming to a dead end. i will find a gun smith who can build me a semi auto receiver if its the last thing i do.

December 1, 2004, 07:50 AM
The problem with the MP-40 is that it's an open-bolt gun and semi-auto open-bolts are verboten. So it's not as simple as fabricating a semiauto reciever; you'd have to re-engineer the guts, too.