Although the German army relied heavily on Bolt action rifles and squad machine guns they did find a use for machine pistols as a close range, high volume of fire weapon. These machine pistols were not issued by rank in the German army but by role. Typically the squad leader would carry a machine pistol but depending on the assignment, others might be issued one as well. The two most common machine pistols were the MP38 and the MP40. The MP38 is a milled and machined weapon whereas the MP40 is a slightly simplified version of is made primarily from stamped and welded parts. IN all practical respects these two firearms are interchangeable.
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