Star Rainbow Company Updates with 8mm MP-40 and Co2 M4 Line
SRC has updated their website with details of the MP40 and mysterious Co2 line of M4’s that they introduced to us via an innocuous video a couple of weeks ago.
First is of course the MP-40, certainly a favourite among the WWII scenario skirmishers. This fine sub machine gun will be available on July 10th and will be using 8mm BBs only. Other features include: steel stamped receiver, 220rd Magazine, MOSFET Electronic Switch.
The other news is of course the Co2 thing, which at face value is not as exciting as it first appears. SRC has basically taken their range of AEGS and fitted Co2 conversion kits and created a whole new category of rifle. A quick glance at the new Co2 category and all the current SRC M4 models appear to be represented in Co2 form.
Real Steel Factoid
The MP-40 was a replacement for the MP-38 which was only manufactured for 2 years. Although the MP-38 and MP-40 looked the same, the MP-40 was cheaper to produce as it had a stamped receiver rather than a machined receiver like the MP-38. MP-40 was also produced in a number of variations, which differed in shape of certain parts; also, toward the end of the war, several production shortcuts were introduced to save the costs of manufacturing.
Probably the most interesting variation of the MP-40 were the MP-40-II and MP-40-II. These guns featured dual magazine housings which hold two magazines in a laterally sliding bracket. This increase the total ammunition capacity "in the gun" to 64 rounds, in a desperate attempt to catch up with 71-round magazine capacity of Soviet PPSh-41. The later variant, MP-40-II, was made in limited numbers, but turned out to be a failure – sliding dual-magazine housing was a constant source of jams and failures, and was very sensitive to dirt and fouling.
It also must be noted that many MP-40 that survived the WW2, continued to serve up until late 1970s or early 1980s, in few European armies such as Austrian or Norwegian.