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Sten Machine Carbine Mk II
Sten Machine Carbine Mk II
(Mfg by Royal Ordnance Factory, Fazakerley in 1942)

Caliber: ....................... 9mm Parabellum
Rifling & Twist: ............. 2 or 6 Groove,Right Hand, 1:10"
Barrel Length: .............. 7.75 in.
Overall Length: ............ 2 ft, 6 in.
Weight: ....................... 6 lbs, 10 oz
Magazine Capacity: ...... 32 rounds
Qty Mfg: ...................... 1,950,000 at Fazakerley, 2,466,383 total between August 1941 and March 1945.

Source: .... The Sten Machine Carbine by Peter Laidler (2000) - ISBN: 0-88935-259-3

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British Sten MkII, right side view.

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Sten MkII, magazine well rotated into the storage position.

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Sten MkII, left side view, Magazine well rotated into storage position.

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Issue magazine loader. S193 is the manufacturer's code.

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Issue magazine loader.

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Model markings on magazine well, Sten MkII.

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Mag well markings indicate S/N of FB34346 (Fazakerley manufacture), later re-numbered to L1829.  The MP marking is of unknown origin.

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Receiver area, right side view. Note the screwed-on trigger housing cover indicating pre-April 1942 manufacture (there is no detent hole beneath the cover to indicate a conversion).

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Receiver area, right side view.  Note the Auto/Semi selector button.

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Note the barrel nut arrangement and the simple manner the issue sling is looped through a ventilation hole.

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Note the M604 manufacturer's code on the barrel nut denoting manufacture by Clarendon Engineering.

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Barrel with the secondary serial number stamped in.  Note the serial number was oriented up when installing the barrel to retain the zero.

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Note the M44 marking for the manufacturer of the T-stock. (JB Brooks & Co.)

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Note the "X" on the recoil spring cap, denoting the Sten was upgraded in service to the MkV cocking handle with safety feature.

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Note the MkV cocking handle, retrofitted after April 14, 1944.

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Ejection port showing the Sten bolt and extractor.

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Magazine well.

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LD Ltd sling made in 1944.

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Thank you for making all this available and keeping the history alive. The Sten is a superb piece of kit, much maligned, but essentially the definition of form following function. I am fortunate to own an original and fully functioning MKII, and it is a joy to operate. Keep up the fine work gentlemen.
Mike Hoare, Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:00PM
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