Object Title

Magazine - Magazine for M3A1 (Suppressed)

Magazine - Magazine for M3A1 (Suppressed)

Date

about 1944-1945

Object Number

PR.9018 A

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

Steel magazine wrapped in silver foil paper

Techniques

Manufactured

Materials

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none

Calibre

none

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
'Guide' over US Army ornance stamp over U.S. NO
magazine well
stamp
model designation
SUB-MACH GUN CAL 45 M3A1
magazine well
stamp

Associations

Notes

OSS ordered1,000 suppressors for the M3A1 submachine gun from the High Standard Manufacturing Company in May 1944. They were to be built on barrels supplied by General Motors Guide Lamp Division. Shipments of suppressed barrels commenced in August 1944.
The barrels were to be mated to standard issue M3A1 submachine guns to create the OSS M3A1 Suppressed. In December 1944 a further 4,000 suppressed barrels were ordered from High Standard. The order was completed by September 1945 and almost all were put into store and not issued.
Most suppressed M3A1s were issued to the Far East Theatre and China.