Top of SMG.
Lanchester with P1907 bayonet. Also note the difference between the issue 50 round Lanchester magazine vs. the Sten 32 round magazine.
View of reverse side.
Note the difference in length and dimensions between the Lanchester and the later Sten MkII. The Lanchester is substantially heavier.
Note the receiver markings;
SA (Sterling Armament Company, Dagenham)
Also note the opposing broadarrows indicating the gun was sold out of service.
Bottom of the cast gunmetal (brass) magazine well housing. Also note the two screws on the underside of the mag well housing to secure the housing to the receiver tube.
Top view of magazine well housing. The knurled screw is the magazine catch button. Also not the '42 stamped onto the bottom ring of the housing denoting 1942 manufacture.
Note the bayonet lug and front sling assembly rivetted to the barrel jacket. This SMG took the P1907 SMLE bayonet.
Note the muzzle is surrounded by vent holes.
Also note the barre locating screw above the muzzle. The Mk1* relocated this screw to the top of the magazine housing.
Note the broadarrow surmounted by the S,L cartouche, probably the abbreviation for Sterling, Lanchester.
This Lever is the action take-down release lever which allows the receiver to hinge up out of the stock for disassembly and cleaning.
Note the buttplate is standard Lee Enfield SMLE.
Note the rear sling swivel, unique to the Lanchester. Stangely enough, a Lee Enfield swivel was not used.
Note the safety notch, also used on the Sten SMG, along with the "S" stamping for "SAFE".
Note the bolt and ejection port. Also note the round cocking handle. Many Lanchesters were also produced with a curved cocking handle reminiscent of an AK47 charging handle or an early MP38.
Note the similarities to the mechanism also seen on the much cheaper and cruder Sten SMG. Also note the unique rear sight which was also later used on the DelIsle Commando Carbine.
Another view of the rear sight. Note it is both screwed and welded to the receiver tube.
Further view of the rear sight assembly. The Mk1*, on the other hand, used a much simplified sheet steel flip-sight.
Underside of the rear sight assembly.
Another view of the rear sight.
Note hte construction of the cast and machined magazine well housing.
Note the bayonet lug arrangement.
Note the ejection port, bolt in cocked position.
Bolt on "Safe".
Note the receiver hinged up out of the wooden stock. This was to facilitate cleaning and disassembly.
Another view of the hinged receiver.
SMG hinged up for disassembly. To disassemble further, the rear tube cap was unscrewed and the bolt removed from the rear.
Lanchester with P1907 mounted.
Closeup of mounted P1907.