Object Title

Centrefire automatic submachine gun - Sterling Mk.4 (Police Carbine)

Centrefire automatic submachine gun - Sterling Mk.4 (Police Carbine)



Object Number



Transferred through the National Museums Consortium via the Home Office Buy-in scheme 1989.

Physical Description

A blowback sub machine gun based on the Sten design. This model has a one piece steel body with vented jacket over the barrel. It is cocked by means of a short lever on the right side of the receiver. There are half moon covers at the muzzle and ejection port on the right side. The butt is a folding skeleton type which locks into place under the barrel. There is a bayonet lug on the left side of the muzzle. The magazine housing is on the left of the receiver with the release catch mounted on top.
The pistol grip is of one piece chequered plastic, with the fire selector lever to the rear left of the trigger. The trigger guard is of steel and is large enought to permit firing with a gloved hand. Overall finish is black crackle


Dimensions: Length stock extended: 27 in (686 mm), Weight: 6 lb (2.7 kg)


Serial Number PO851


9 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Mag. housing: STERLING POLICE CARBINE 9mm MK4 No PO851