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#1 m3bobby

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 10:08 AM

I thought Id post this here for interest and reference.

There is a deactivated STEN Mk1* for sale in the U.K. with the below statement/description.

This is an incredibly opportunity to own probably one of VERY few original Sten Mk1*. The last and only example we have been able to find of a Sten Mk1* was sold in the USA by auction in 2014 and made over $30,000!!!

We were lucky enough to find this example in a museum in Normandy which was downsizing.

Price is £4195.00 so $5000???

What you would actually get is nothing more than a recent fake.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 12:08 PM

Probably worth every penny of $200


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:13 PM

This is the real one

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:16 PM

And here is the other one

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:44 PM

The Mk1* has a modification at the front of the cocking handle slot like a Mk4A, any idea why its there?

The Mk1 looks correct apart from the butt is a repro. Do you know the serial?
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Posted 15 November 2019 - 01:45 AM

I have retrofitted those Stens with the early cocking handles, that's the reason why  they look so bright on the pictures.

 

I have no idea about the reason of the cocking handle slot modification on the Mk1*

 

How do you see that the butt is a repro on the Mk1, i was not aware of that ?

 

Serial number of the Mk1 is 53674, it is deactivated - Europe


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Posted 15 November 2019 - 03:58 AM

The abutment plate or whatever the part that slots into the body is called, should be cast and the 2 boss for the tubes sit in these and are pinned and brazed like Bikes and motorbikes of the period. The Mk1* has the correct butt.

An early butt will be marked U&U for unique and unity and the late butts have their wartime code.

Ill post up a list of Mk1 and Mk1* survivors later.

Can you give me the Mk1* serial also. Theres a little known or published format to the serials that fakers dont appear to known as yet.
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Posted 15 November 2019 - 10:18 AM

Mk1* serial number is 286534


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