blank cell Sten Submachine Gun
Stats as for the Sten MkI listed on page 291 of the Delta Green sourcebook.
COMBAT USE: British & Commonwealth armed forces, French and Polish resistance

Nicknamed the "Stench Gun", this cheap all-metal submachine gun was standard issue for British forces throughout the war. It was not particularly accurate and was prone to malfunction due to a defect in the magazine, but the Sten was easy to manufacture in vast quantities and had a basically effective design.

The first Sten Gun was the MkI, which had a folding wooden foregrip and flash hider, and was produced in small numbers in 1941. This was followed by the MkI*, which did away with the foregrip and was made entirely of sheet metal. In 1942, the MkII was introduced, the most common model of the Sten Gun (pictured above). An even-cheaper version, the MkIII was adopted in 1943, which was built with the reciever and barrel jacket as one long steel tube. All four models share the same basic stats.

In 1943, a silenced version of the MkII was adopted for issue to British special forces. While the MkII(S) could fire either semi- or fully-automatic like the regular MkII, burst fire would quickly wear out the silencer (1-2 bursts). The MkII(S) was extremely popular, and a captured specimen was the favorite sidearm of the Waffen-SS commando supremo, Otto Skorzeny.

Adopted in 1944, the MkV was the "deluxe model" of the Sten Gun. Designed to combat the "Stench Gun" reputation of the series, the MkV added a wooden stock, pistol grip, and fore-grip to improve the cheap appearance of the weapon, while retaining the basic Sten design. The MkV used the front sight of the No.4 Lee-Enfield rifle, which allowed it to be fitted with the standard issue spike bayonet. The MkV proved quite popular with airborne troops.

The MkVI was adopted also in 1944, a silenced version of the MkV. Like the MkII(S), the MkVI could be fire fully-automatic, but since this would burn out the silencer within 1-2 bursts, it was usually kept set to semiautomatic fire.


DELTA GREEN 1939-1945 : EQUIPMENT : SUBMACHINE GUNS