MP.28,II Schmeisser

Schmeisser MP-28/II submachine gun, with box magazine shown separately.
Schmeisser MP-28/II submachine gun, with box magazine shown separately.

Characteristics

Specification Value
Full text name MP.28,II Schmeisser
Caliber cartridge .45ACP .45 Automatic Colt Pistol (11.43x25)7.63x25 Mauser7.65x21 Luger, 7.65mm Parabellum, .30 Luger9x19 Luger / Parabellum9x23 Largo, 9mm Bergmann-Bayard9x25 Mauser
Action type manual
Trigger type sa
Overall length, mm 820
Barrel length, mm 200
Weight empty, kg 4
Magazine capacity, rounds 20, 32
Cyclic rate of fire, rounds/min 550-600

The Schmeisser MP-28/II (another variant of markings is M.P.28.II) submachine gun is a post-WW1 evolution of the first practical submachine gun, developed by same designer, the MP-18/I. MP-28/II was produced in limited numbers in Germany by C.G.Haenel company in Suhl, for police use; it was also produced under license in significant numbers in Belgium, by Pieper, and sold to someSouth African and South American countries, and also to China, Japan and Spain. MP-28/IIwas basically the same weapon as MP-18/I, with minor improvements such as added fire mode selector and tangent sight. Another difference was availability of different calibers in export models, in cluding7,63×25 Mauser, 7,65×22 Luger, 9×19 Luger, 9×23 Bergmann / Largo, 9×25 Mauser export and even an .45 ACP (11,43×25). Belgian Army adopted M.P.28.II in 1934 as Mitrailette Modele 1934, in 9×19. The M.P.28.II saw significant use during Spanish Civil War of 1936-39.

M.P.28.II submachine gun is blowback operated, selective-fire weapon that fired from open bolt. Tubular receiver was attached to the front of the wooden stock,and could be pivoted barrel down for maintenance and disassembly. Magazines are inserted from the left side, ejection is to the right. Manual safety is made in the form of locking cut, made in the receiver, which engages the bolt handle to lock bolt in open (cocked) position. Fire mode selector was made in the form of cross-bolt button, located above the trigger. Standard sights consisted of blade front and tangent rear sight, marked from 100 and up to very optimistic 1000 meters.