Sten Mk5: Folding stock experimental model

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On a Facebook group a few months ago, someone shared a picture of something I had never seen before. As time has gone by, it has become rare for this to happen to me in the world of firearms.

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Yes, that is a Sten Mk5. Yes he is shooting it around a corner using a folding stock.

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Although it’s not really practical for airsoft, where shooting without looking (blind fire) is a banned practice, it was such a distinctive and interesting idea it had to happen. This is what a Cornershot carbine looks like in the late 1940s.

At first glance, it looks like a standard Sten Mk5. I turned down the barrel to make it slimmer and more shaped like the original.

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From the side, you can see the slightly longer joint for the buttstock.

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The wood pattern is pretty much identical.

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The swivel function is controlled with the silver button. This is depressed, the stock is swivelled 90º one way or another and the spring-loaded button locks into place. At the same time, the foregrip is loosened with the thumbscrew, moved into place and tightened down. This is one area where I have deviated from the original which used a hex nut: carrying a spanner around in the field wouldn’t be practical.

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You will notice that there is no prism sight on this. I looked into getting a pentaprism as used by the original, but the cost would have nigh-on tripled the price of the build.

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To round off: a couple of views of it folded different ways.

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So far as I can tell these were never properly trialled beyond the one prototype. I imagine that managing recoil and maintaining a sight picture would have been tricky, the prism would have been expensive and limited the soldier’s field of view.

If any reader has any information on these carbines, better quality original photos or recognises the magazine the snippets above have been taken from I would be very much obliged if you would get in touch on the email below.

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Introducing the Sten MkV

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I am pleased to present the Sten MkV conversion kit, designed to be used on the ASG/AGM Sten MKII. Shown in this video is the prototype, the production version will feature some minor variations.

This kit allows the user to have a Sten MkV when it suits them, while allowing for them to swap back to the more widespread MKII for games where this kit would not be suitable (such as certain WWII games). Bearing this in mind, this kit allows for use of the same type of stick batteries used in the T-stocks that come as standard, meaning that there is no need to buy an entirely new battery setup in order to run the LiPos that most purpose-made MkVs require. The battery compartment is also easily accessible from the rear unlike on most airsoft Stens, allowing for a quick and simple battery change in the field.

Metal parts of this are steel, except for the fore-grip band, which is copper. Metal finishes are a mixture of black enamel/metal lacquer and oil blacking. This guarantees a finish that closely resembles the standard finish on the rest of the Sten where the surfaces are next to one-another. Oil blacking is used on surfaces that are subject to high tolerances and high levels of contact, such as the buttplate which would otherwise be rubbed shiny in no time at all.

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Price as of December 2014 is £120.

Kits are made to order, so there will be a slight delay between order and dispatch, which you will be advised of upon ordering. If you have any specific requests/alternative finishes please do let us know. All products are Made in England.

For orders and questions:

enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com