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    Sten MK5 identification help please.

    Hello everyone, I hope all is well.

    My first point on the forum.

    I have acquired a MK5 Sten with odd markings. I just wanted to try and find out a little bit about it and when it was manufactured etc.

    The serial near the magazine housing starts P.O.F 66 AO47..

    Any ideas how I might be able to find out a little bit more about it ?

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    P.O.F. is Pakistan Ordinance Factory.

    Unlike the Indians, the Pakistanis don't seem to have "wiped" the original manufacturers markings of their weapons.

    it's probably an FTR of a Britishicon manufactured STEN, but it's possible that POFicon manufactured STEN Mk5s into the 1960s.

    Are there any other manufacturers markings?

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    On the top right of the housing are the proof house markings to say that it has been deactivated to EU/GB specs (UKicon spec).

    How about a few more photos, please?

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    Thanks for the replies. So it may not be of WW2 era then if manufactured by the P.O.F post war ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUDER View Post
    So it may not be of WW2 era then if manufactured by the P.O.F post war ?.
    No, all Stens were made during WW2.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    FTR
    = Factory Through Repair, i.e. reconditioned.

    Looks like they made a nice job of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying10uk View Post
    No, all Stens were made during WW2.
    ...snip...
    To be technically accurate, it can be stated that all Britishicon manufactured Sten SMGs were manufactured during or immediately after ww2.

    However, France, Belgiumicon, Palestine/Israel and Indonesia are all known to have manufactured Sten SMGs well after WW2.

    I'm sure that there may have been other "state sponsored" Sten manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    To be technically accurate, it can be stated that all Britishicon manufactured Sten SMGs were manufactured during or immediately after ww2.

    However, France, Belgiumicon, Palestine/Israel and Indonesia are all known to have manufactured Sten SMGs well after WW2.
    I thought so...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    I thought so...
    So in my case it’s quite possible that the POFicon manufactured it any time up to and including the 60’s ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    it's probably an FTR of a Britishicon manufactured STEN
    My post 5 was referring to this quote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Enfield View Post
    it's probably an FTR of a Britishicon manufactured STEN, but it's possible that POFicon manufactured STEN Mk5s into the 1960s.
    I tend to agree with this...just because of the number on the mag housing.
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