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#1 Odinsravens

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Posted 10 November 2020 - 04:58 PM

Just received my Belgium Manufactured Sten 

 

Have given it the quick once over and taken some photos 

 

link to the photos HERE

 

https://drive.google...Up4?usp=sharing

 

The internet has come up with nothing other than the Wikipedia entry and that's four lines 

 

Any of you gentlemen have any input or info - 

 

if you want a better photo of any particular part or detail leave a message below 

 

 

 

 

THIS GUN IS NOT IN THE USA , I DO NOT LIVE IN THE USA 


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 05:54 PM

Very nice ;) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Time to enjoy :P !!!!!!!!!!!!! Ammo getting to expensive to have fun here :(!!!!!!!!


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Posted 10 November 2020 - 05:59 PM

Very nice ;) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Time to enjoy :P !!!!!!!!!!!!! Ammo getting to expensive to have fun here :(!!!!!!!!

I am the Icelandic importer for PPU Ammo - so ammo is never a problem ..... time on the other hand is a nightmare 


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Posted 11 November 2020 - 03:41 PM

Nice. There are not many belgian Stens around, even in Belgium
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Posted 12 November 2020 - 11:05 AM

Anyone else having trouble opening the photos with Windows Ten?


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Posted 15 November 2020 - 10:28 PM

Very interesting

The Belgians produced a large amount of MKII Stens post WW2 at
the Racour Arsenal for their own use and export. Ive seen it mentioned that the British Acquired around 3000 of the Belgian Stens for testing in 1952. The guns failed to meet their standards for parts interchangeability. Would be interesting if you could compare it side to side with a British produced MKII

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Posted 16 November 2020 - 12:37 PM

Very interesting

The Belgians produced a large amount of MKII Stens post WW2 at
the Racour Arsenal for their own use and export. Ive seen it mentioned that the British Acquired around 3000 of the Belgian Stens for testing in 1952. The guns failed to meet their standards for parts interchangeability. Would be interesting if you could compare it side to side with a British produced MKII

"Failed to meet [the British] standard for parts interchangability"? Does that mean that it couldn't be made to fit with a file?


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Posted 16 November 2020 - 04:45 PM

I have number 67096 which is supposedly one of the guns that was tested by the British and rejected. I know the chamber is made to a commercial 9mm Luger or NATO standard and not to the loose standard of Royal Ordnance so it wasnt very reliable with British production 9mm ammo. I also suspect that the tolerances were metric on the AS ARM STENs and imperial on the commonwealth guns.

If I recall correctly the return spring is wound in the opposite direction and was a little stronger. I couldnt interchange the butts with a Faz STEN but then again British butts need a bit of fettling most of the time.

As the OP has likely noticed, at least some part were interchanged as I can see at least one, possibly 2 British contractor parts on his gun.
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#9 Odinsravens

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Posted 19 November 2020 - 11:42 AM

Seriously photographed it and put it on the bench - then the rack - hope to spend some quality time tonight going over it, and if I get the time will photograph one of the other stens - a "homemade " perhaps resistance sten - really dont know but the whole thing is milled ! 

 

I have number 67096 which is supposedly one of the guns that was tested by the British and rejected. I know the chamber is made to a commercial 9mm Luger or NATO standard and not to the loose standard of Royal Ordnance so it wasnt very reliable with British production 9mm ammo. I also suspect that the tolerances were metric on the AS ARM STENs and imperial on the commonwealth guns.

If I recall correctly the return spring is wound in the opposite direction and was a little stronger. I couldnt interchange the butts with a Faz STEN but then again British butts need a bit of fettling most of the time.

As the OP has likely noticed, at least some part were interchanged as I can see at least one, possibly 2 British contractor parts on his gun.


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