Object Title

Centrefire automatic submachine gun - Sterling Mk.VI

Centrefire automatic submachine gun - Sterling Mk.VI

Date

1980

Object Number

XII.10455

Provenance

Transferred through the National Museums Consortium via the Home Office Buy-in scheme 1989. From Devon and Cornwall Police, no.

Physical Description

The receiver and barrel shroud are manufactured from one piece of steel tube, the forend being ventilated. The cocking lever is on the right of the body, and magazine housing on the left. The black plastic pistol grip has a large rounded steel triggerguard, with fire selector catch on the left. There is a substantial folding stock, which locks into the sprung rear stripping cap on the receiver, and folds under the weapon when not in use.
Sights are blade front and two position flip-over peep rear. The magazine release catch is on the top on the housing to thr left of the breech. A bayonet lug is provided at the forend. Overall finish is a baked on black plastic crackle-effect. A green woven sling is attached

Dimensions

OverallLength27in

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number SA0697

Calibre

9 x 19 mm Parabellum

Inscriptions and Marks

Left of grip: STERLING DAGENHAM U.K.LANCHESTER U.S.A. DALLAS TEXAS. FIRE/SAFE.Right of grip: LOCK UNLOCK. Top of mag. housing: STERLING SEMI-AUTOMATIC 9mm CARBINE MK VI

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

A well made and designed weapon, the Sterling was produced as the successor to the Sten gun. This particular variant, although externally identical to other Marks, was made as a single shot, semi-automatic carbine primarily for police use and cannot be used in a fully automatic role.