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Chalk & Cheese: Britain’s Submachine Guns - The STEN & Lanchester
Following the evacuation from Dunkirk in May 1940 the British Army had lost the majority of it’s best equipment, either along the choked roads of North Western France or on the beaches of Dunkirk themselves. The British military was in desperate need of small arms with which to re-equip. They had now had first hand experience of the effectiveness and firepower provided by the German MP38s and MP40s. It was decided a submachine gun was needed.
The RAF had deployed numerous squadrons to French airfields during the first half of 1940 and when the German forces had advanced so rapidly some had almost been overrun. It was decided that a submachine gun would be an excellent light weapon for airfield guards and defence. The Royal Navy also sought a design which would be suitable for raiding and shore parties. The resulting design was the Lanchester, engineers at the Sterling Arms company turned to a design which was known to be robust and reliable and could be put into production rapidly. The weapon they selected as their template was the the German Bergmann MP28, a large well built, bulky submachine gun evolved from the MP18. The Lanchester used a 50-round stick magazine mounted horizontally to the left of the receiver. The Lanchester was the complete antithesis of the STEN, it used a fine wood stock modeled after the Lee Enfield MkIII, it had a bayonet fitting for the 1907 Sword Bayonet and used a solid brass magazine housing. It was an excellent weapon, superbly made but wholly unsuited to the time - when a quick, cheap option was needed.
This need was met by the STEN MkI, designed and put into production just after the Lanchester, the STENs stamped metal construction and minimum of machined parts made its construction fast and cheap. While the STEN took the Lanchester’s lead and also featured a horizontally mounted magazine (which was interchangeable with the STENs 32-round magazine) that is where similarities ended, with the STEN weighing a whole 1Kg less than the Lanchester. The STEN in comparison was roughly built with sharp edges, minimal stock furniture and a dangerous possibility of accidental discharges.
By late 1941 it became clear that the STEN was the more suitable weapon and even a second version of the Lanchester, the MkI* which was slightly simplified with no fire selector and more rudimentary sights could not compete with the STEN. Just short of 100,000 Lanchester’s were made during it’s production run, 1940-42. Compared to the estimated 5 million STENs made during the war. The majority of the Lanchesters were issued to the Navy, who used them well into the 1960s, and some early models issued to Commando units such as the one seen above, these however were quickly replaced by lighter submachine guns.
The STEN & Lanchester were born out of a desperate need for small arms capable of giving British troops a much needed increase in firepower. The designs themselves could not have differed more in quality and while the Lanchester was a weapon from an earlier, less desperate, time it found its niche with the Royal Navy the STEN went on to become the workhorse of the British and Commonwealth forces during the rest of the war.
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