German MP 3008: Why Isn’t Anyone Turning These Out Now?

By Eric Nestor via

The MP 3008 is the German copy of the British Sten submachine gun. It was meant to be a cheap stop-gap weapon that was made in haste. Here Ian from Forgotten Weapons explains the inner-workings of the 3008 machine gun. If copying something is truly the most sincere flattery, this machine gun is a labor of love . . .

The Nazis needed a cheap, quick-to-assemble weapon and looked to the British Sten for the answer. They only made a few minor design changes to create the MP 3008, also known as the Gerät Neumünster. This cheap weapon did not turn the tide of the war. It’s become a historical weapon with a great story to tell.