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Original, STEN Cocking Handle, Mk5

These are original Mk5 Cocking Handles for the 9mm STEN M.C.

These are machined from solid steel and have a matt black painted finish. These examples are in good to excellent condition, most do not appear to have been previously fitted to a gun but there are chips to the paint from previous loose storage and movement.

These cocking handles will fit all marks of STEN fitted with a Mk1*, or later, breech block providing that the casing has been modified by having a locating hole drilled through.

Announced as an 'Immediate' modification to all STEN Machine Carbines on 15th April, 1944, this mark of cocking handle enabled the working parts of the gun to be locked in the forward position ensuring that the gun was safe to carry. To lock the working parts forward the cocking handle was pushed down into the breech block, which forced the 1/4" diameter (approx 6mm) projection on the end of the cocking handle through the hole drilled in the gun casing. The rib on the cocking handle rides over a ring on the end of the return spring retaining it in position, either in or out. To release the breech block the cocking the handle was pulled out by approx. 3/16ths of an inch (5mm) moving the projection clear of the hole in the casing of the gun and allowing the working parts to be pulled back to cock the gun.

Unit of sale 1 cocking handle.

British Army Part No B3/BL0001. Stock No STEN 8

Stock available: 5

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