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December 15, 2008, 11:13 PM
I've got a question about the mp40 thats been bugging me when i look it up on sites it say that it uses a 32 round magazine if thats true why is that

Mike Irwin
December 16, 2008, 12:28 PM
Yes, fully loaded the MP 40 magazine holds 32 rounds.


I once heard someone say that German military 9mm ammunition, from the time of the Luger, was supplied in 32 round boxes. Two magazines full, and two mags worth of extra ammo.

True or not, I don't know.

December 16, 2008, 04:04 PM
thank you very much

December 19, 2008, 10:32 AM
Actually German WWI and WW2 9mm ammo was packed in 16 rd boxes. One box loads two pistol magazines (Luger or later the P38, both 8 rd). Two boxes load 1 SMG magazine (the MP38 or MP40).

Canadians during WW2 supplied China with huge amounts of 9mm ammo (headstamp '9 MM 42') in 64 rd boxes - loads 2 sten magazines (also 32 rds).

December 29, 2008, 02:33 AM
And the STEN holds 32 because it uses the same mags as the Lanchester which is a direct copy of the German Schmeisser designed MP-28.