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    "...short 10 round STEN magazines are an American thing..." Nope. CF had 10 round mags for our Sterlings. Armoured crew used 'em. I'd be very surprised if the STEN didn't have a 10 rounder for the same reason. Nothing to do with the U.S. or India. And Stateside a STEN requires the Class 3 permit regardless of where they are. Or if it's still FA or not. Daft State mag capacity laws are the least problem. Gunparts will sell you what they say is a "surplus" 20 round STEN mag.
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    Does anyone have an overall length of the 10 rnd Sten mag please? I don't have a "rare" 10 rnd Sten mag in my collection of normal length Sten mags but I could do if I was to hack a bit off the end of one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunray View Post
    "...short 10 round STEN magazines are an American thing..." Nope. CF had 10 round mags for our Sterlings. Armoured crew used 'em. I'd be very surprised if the STEN didn't have a 10 rounder for the same reason. Nothing to do with the U.S. or India.
    You don't have ANY IDEA what you're talking about...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    Does anyone have an overall length of the 10 rnd Sten mag please? I don't have a "rare" 10 rnd Sten mag in my collection of normal length Sten mags but I could do if I was to hack a bit off the end of one.
    Measured at the back, using the standard follower, they run from 4+7/8” to 5”.

    Since the spring is shortened to 13 coils, you can cut the mag to 4+3/4” and shorten the standard follower ¼”.

    I don’t have a “super rare” shortened one made from an Indian converted 19 round mag. The followers are modified in the Indian mags. You might have to add a little length to compensate or take more off the bottom of the follower.

    I wonder if he has a “ultra rare” 7.62x25mm Tokarev Sten mag.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincent View Post
    a “ultra rare” 7.62x25mm Tokarev Sten mag.
    That would be a hoot, specially with a case of 1200 at your feet and about twenty mags...and of course the gun. Easy enough to do I think.
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    Amazing, the utter rubbish some people spout, good grief....

    I guess that's the horse shite that was fed to him when he bought it.

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    I have Mags of any capacity you require!......Hang on! Ill just get my Hacksaw & Welder out!....Opps! Gave myself away there! How silly of Me!....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    I guess that's the horse shite that was fed to him when he bought it.
    Exactly


    I suppose it's only a matter of time before someone "produces" an ultra rare drum mag for a Sten. Possible I suppose if the end was hacked off a standard mag and welded onto a PPSH-41 drum mag. Would be fine in the UKicon where it would only be looked at , but a problem in the US where someone may actually try to use it .

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    As a bit of an aside to the thrust of the thread, the only Indian troops that turned their backs in Malaya were the Garwalhis (sorry about the spelling) who were referred to by all as 'The Galloping Garwhalis'. The Sikhs and Punjabis were murdered at Tanglin ranges for their refusal to turn.

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    Flying10uk,

    Most of the Sten drums here are made just as you describe. There’s a little more to it. Internal spacers are added to convert the Sten mag section into single stack and a string of dummy rounds are added to the drum follower to push the rounds through the Sten mag section. The 72 round Suomi drums are most common. They are cheaper and more plentiful here than the PPsH drums. They are both surprisingly reliable. The downside is they are heavy and you have all that weight hanging on one side. The MFG 50 round drum for the Sig MPX and the double Uzi drum are much more user friendly.

    My favorites are still the iconic Thompson drums. They just ooze nostalgia and they really shouldn’t be clean without a good brandy and Cuban cigar.

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