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The Sten (technically an acronym for Reginald Shephard, Harold Turpin and Enfield but usually written as if it were a proper noun in the same manner as Bren) is a British designed submachine gun manufactured in a number of variants (know as Marks or simply Mks) during the Second World War. The official designation was "Carbine, Machine, Sten" which is due to the British term for what we would now call submachine guns being "Machine Carbine" at the start of the war (submachine gun was at the time regarded as an American term, as it had originated with the Thompson Submachine Gun). It was notable for its very simple design and consequently low production costs which made it an ideal weapon for supplying resistance groups: the relatively uncomplicated construction meant it could also be manufactured in occupied territories without specialised machine tools. In total approximately 4.5 million Stens were produced, over 2 million of which were the Mark II, which is the iconic Sten gun.

The suppressed version of the Mk II, the Mk II (S), hugely impressed SS officer Otto Skorzeny, who went to great lengths to acquire one. By his own account, the weapon was so quiet that he demonstrated it by leading a group of officers through an empty park at night, and having one of his men approach from behind and unload an entire magazine into the air, with the officers not believing a weapon had been fired until they were shown the shell casings on the ground. His substantial efforts to get the Nazi high command to start mass-producing the Sten proved fruitless, however.

Using the same magazines as the MP 38, the Sten is subject to similar errors; the common habit in fiction of using the magazine as a sidegrip would in real life result in damage to the feed lips of the magazine (the correct part of the gun to grip is either the barrel shroud, the magwell, or the sloped section below the gun ahead of the trigger guard), and the videogame habit of fully loading the magazine would result in spring failures; like the MP 40, soldiers experienced in using the Sten would typically load magazines with 30 or 28 rounds rather than 32. The 50 round Lanchester Mk. I magazine is compatible with the Sten.


  • Weight: 3.2 kg (7.1 lb) (Mk. II)
  • Length: 760 mm (29.9 in)
  • Barrel length: 196 mm (7.7 in)
  • Cartridge: 9x19mm
  • Action: Blowback-operated, Open bolt
  • Rate of fire: Version dependent; ~500 round/min
  • Muzzle velocity: 365 m/s (1,198 ft/s)
  • Effective range: 300 m
  • Feed system: 32-round detachable box magazine (usually only loaded with 30 or 28 due to spring issues)
  • Sights: fixed peep rear, post front

The Sten submachine gun has appeared in the following films and video games used by the following actors:

Sten Mk I*

Sten Mk I* - 9x19mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
Paratrooper Leo Genn Maj. John Snow 1953
British paratroopers
Dr. No Henchmen w/ T-strutt stock 1962
633 Squadron Norwegian Resistance fighters 1964
The War Game British police 1965
The Heroes of Telemark Richard Harris Knut Straud 1965
Kirk Douglas Dr. Rolf Pederson
Dark of the Sun A Simba 1968
Max Manus: Man of War Aksel Hennie Max Manus 2008
Christian Rubeck Kolbein Lauring


Title Actor Character Note Date
Doctor Who Kaled Scientific Elite "Genesis of the Daleks", w/ strutt stock 1963 – 1989
Ian Marter Harry Sullivan
Dennis Chinnery Gharman
Tom Georgeson Kavell
Madiba SAP officers 2017


Title Character Note Date
Akira Resistance fighter 1987

Sten Mk II

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Sten Mk II with wooden stock - 9x19mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Battle of the Rails (La bataille du rail) French Resistance fighters 1946
Little Partisan (Malý partyzán) Josef Šlosar Jenda Hanuš 1950
Czechoslovak soldiers and partisans
Attention! Bandits! (Achtung! Banditi!) Giuliano Montaldo Lorenzo 1951
Franco Bologna "Cat"
Italian partisans, fascist policemen
Paratrooper Alan Ladd Steve MacKendrick 1953
Leo Genn Major John Snow
Harry Andrews Regimental Sergeant Major
British paratroopers
The Most Wanted Man (L'Ennemi public No 1) Fallone's henchmen and plainclothes police 1953
Grisbi (Touchez pas au grisbi) Jean Gabin Max 1954
Paul Frankeur Pierrot
Michel Jourdan Marco
René Dary Riton
Soldier of Fortune Chinese soldiers and sailors 1955
The Bridge on the River Kwai Jack Hawkins Major Warden Canadian model 1957
William Holden Commander Shears
Geoffrey Horne Lt. Joyce
Kanal Polish insurgents 1957
Ashes and Diamonds Adam Pawlikowski Andrzej 1958
The Black Battalion (Cerný prapor) Zdenek Kryzánek Ketham 1958
French foreign legionaries, VPN soldiers
Carve Her Name With Pride Virginia McKenna Violette Szabo Fitted with Mk V front sight 1958
Blue Arrow (Golubaya strela) Seen among saboteurs' guns; T-shaped buttstock 1958
Sinners of Paris (Rafles sur la ville) Charles Vanel Le Fondu 1958
The Square Peg A British soldier 1959
Never So Few Frank Sinatra Capt. Tom Reynolds 1959
Richard Johnson Capt. Danny De Mortimer
Philip Ahn Nautaung
Burmese soldiers
Riff Raff Girls (Du rififi chez les femmes) The bank security guards Canadian model 1959
Yesterday's Enemy Japanese soldiers 1959
Consider All Risks (Classe tous risques) Philippe March Jean Martin 1960
Lino Ventura Abel Davos
Breathless Police officer 1960
The Guns of Navarone Anthony Quinn Andrea Stavros Prop weapon using natural gas to create muzzle flash. Appears to be built on a Mk II with the barrel sawn off nearly to the shroud. 1961
James Darren Spyros Pappadimos
Bob Simmons German Officer
Konga British soldiers 1961
Taxi for Tobruk (Un taxi pour Tobrouk) Lino Ventura Theo Dumas 1961
Charles Aznavour Samuel Goldmann
Germán Cobos Jean Ramirez
A Man Named Rocca (Un nommé La Rocca) Guards 1961
Gorgo British soldiers 1961
The Longest Day Richard Todd British Airborne Major John Howard 1962
The Door with Seven Locks Werner Peters Bertram Cody 1962
Maigret Sees Red (Maigret voit rouge) French police 1963
The Squeaker Klaus Kinski Krishna Alexander Jefferson 1963
Stanislav Ledinek "The Champ"
Behold a Pale Horse Gregory Peck Manuel Artiguez 1964
The Unvanquished (L'Insoumis) French soldier Canadian model 1964
Code Name: Tiger (Le Tigre aime la chair fraîche) Benitez´s henchman 1964
Fantômas Louis de Funès Fantômas 1964
Henri Attal The bodyguard of Fantômas
French Gendarmers
Panic in Bangkok (Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117) Kerwin Mathews Hubert Bonisseur alias OSS 117 1964
Hitman, laboratories guard
The Assassination (Atentát) Radoslav Brzobohatý 1st Lt. Král Canadian model 1964
Rudolf Jelínek Sgt. Strnad
Ladislav Mrkvicka Sgt. Vyskocil
Jirí Kodet Sgt. Tousek
The Gendarme of St. Tropez Louis de Funès Ludovic Cruchot 1964
Room 13 Gangsters 1964
The Curse of the Hidden Vault Artur Schilsky A gangster 1964
Police detectives
Mark of the Tortoise Richard Münch Mario di Alsconi Two Stens mounted on the wheelchair 1964
The Sinister Monk Hanging on the wall; Canadian model 1965
008: Operation Exterminate Alberto Lupo Frank Smith, agent 606 Continuity mistake 1965
Up to His Ears (Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine) Chinese triads 1965
Battle of the Bulge American soldier 1965
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117) Nazis, Indians 1965
Fantômas se déchaîne Jean Marais Fandor 1965
Ivory Coast Adventure Jean Marais Jean-Luc Hervé 1965
Robert Dalban Pepe
Various criminals
The Majordomo (Le majordome) Fitted to a mannequin; with wooden buttstock 1965
Fantômas se déchaîne Jean Marais Fandor 1965
Check Passed: No Mines (Provereno nema mina) Yugoslavian soldiers British and Canadian models 1965
Harum Scarum Assassins 1965
A Matter of Resistance Résistance fighters 1966
Cast a Giant Shadow Senta Berger Magda 1966
Yul Brynner Asher
Stathis Giallelis Ram Oren
Frank Sinatra Vince
The Upper Hand (Du rififi à Paname) The assassin in car 1966
Judith Peter Finch Aaron Stein 1966
Shraga Friedman Nathan
British paratroopers, Haganah members
Funeral in Berlin Fitted with Mk V front sight 1966
Is Paris Burning? French Resistance fighters 1966
Wake Up and Die (Svegliati e uccidi) A French criminal 1966
The Last Adventure The Henchman Canadian model 1967
How I Won the War Michael Crawford Lt. Earnest Goodbody 1967
The Cobra Henchmen 1967
You Only Live Twice Spectre Guards w/ Mk V front sight 1967
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) Jean-Claude Brialy Jean Canadian model 1967
Claude Brasseur Groubec
Paolo Fratini Philippe
Patrick Préjean Lecocq
Resistance fighters
The Monk with the Whip Günter Meisner Greaves 1967
Hans Epskamp Limes Portland
I, Justice (Já, spravedlnost) Men disguised as U.S. soldiers 1968
The Violent Four (Banditi a Milano) Gian Maria Volonté Pietro 'Piero' Cavallero Canadian model 1968
Pasha (Le Pacha) Dancers in cabaret 1968
The Olsen Gang A Danish police officer 1968
The Zombie Walks Peter Mosbacher "The Laughing Corpse" 1968
Gorilla Gang Albert Lieven Henry Parker 1968
Police officers
Play Dirty British soldiers Canadian model 1969
Mr. Freedom Freedom agent 1969
Machine Gun McCain John Cassavetes Hank McCain 1969
The Eighth (Osmiyat) Resistance fighters 1969
The Man with the Glass Eye Remotely controlled gun trap 1969
The Night of the Following Day Marlon Brando Bud With fake sound suppressor 1969
How I Unleashed World War II Lech Ordon Sgt. Hopkins 1970
English soldiers and Polish partisans
The Cop (Un condé) French police 1970
Overrun (Di Marsa Matruh) Ivan Rassimov Lt. Alan Crossland 1970
Confessions of a Police Captain Thug Canadian model 1971
The Pariah (La Scoumoune) Burglar 1972
Resistance fighters
Gang War in Naples Pietravalle's henchman 1972
State of Siege (État de Siège) Police and guerrillas 1972
Man in the Trunk (La Valise) Michel Constantin Capt. Augier Canadian model 1973
No Way Out Mafia hitmen 1973
The Dominici Affair (L'Affaire Dominici) In Maillet's house 1973
We Want the Colonels (Vogliamo i colonnelli) Paratroopers 1973
Sokolovo Jozef Gabčík 1974
The Terrorists Commandos 1974
Only the Wind Knows the Answer (Die Antwort kennt nur der Wind) Thug Canadian Model 1974
Almost Human Tomás Milián Giulio Sacchi Canadian model 1974
Gino Santercole Vittorio
Ray Lovelock Carmine
The Nada Gang Fabio Testi Buenaventura Diaz Canadian model 1974
Mariangela Melato Veronique Cash
Street Law Massimo Vanni "Unibrow" 1974
Lacombe, Lucien Pierre Blaise Lucien Lacombe Only on promotional images 1974
French Resistance
The Old Gun (Le vieux fusil) French Maquis 1975
Cop Story (Flic Story) Renato Salvatori Mario le Rital Canadian model 1975
Sholay Amitabh Bachchan Jai Canadian model 1975
Sholay Gabbar's brigands Canadian model 1975
Paper Tiger British soldiers 1975
The Phoney (Le Faux-cul) Hélène Duc Maxime's mother Canadian model 1975
Deathcheaters Henchmen 1976
Sky Riders Terrorists 1976
The Big Racket Rudy's henchmen Standard and Canadian models 1976
Violent Naples (Napoli violenta) Casagrande's henchmen 1976
The Eagle Has Landed Michael Caine Oberst Kurt Steiner Canadian model 1976
Siegfried Rauch Sergeant Major Brandt
Sven-Bertil Taube Hauptmann Von Neustadt
German Paratroopers
Colt 38 Special Squad (Quelli della calibro 38) Criminals 1976
A Special Cop in Action (Italia a mano armata) Stelio Candelli Forestier 1976
Daniele Dublino Luzzi With custom pistol grip
Soldier of Orange Jeroen Krabbé Guus LeJeune Canadian model 1977
Rutger Hauer Erik Lanshof
Resistance fighters
Sorcerer Guerrilla 1977
Operation Thunderbolt African soldiers 1977
The Gang (Le Gang) Alain Delon Robert 1977
Roland Bertin Raymond
Adalberto Maria Merli Manu
Xavier Depraz Jo
Weapons of Death (Napoli spara!) Santoro's henchmen 1977
The Seventh Company Outdoors (La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune) Michel Berto A British pilot 1977
The Inglorious Bastards French Resistance fighters 1978
Deadly Chase (Il commissario Verrazzano) A robber 1978
Escape to Athena David Niven Professor Blake Canadian model 1979
Telly Savalas Zeno
Claudia Cardinale Eleana
Paul Stassino Carlo
Paul Picerni Zeno's man
Greek Resistance fighters
Hanover Street Resistance fighters 1979
The Passage Resistance fighters 1979
The Hijacking of Savoy (Pokhishchenie Savoi) Nartai Begalin Jocker 1979
Scharf's henchmen
Pirates of the XXth Century (Piraty XX veka) Igor Klass Schweigert Canadian model 1979
Tadeush Kasyanov The boatswain
Pirates, Indian police
From Hell to Victory George Hamilton Maurice Bernard 1979
George Peppard Brett Rosson
British soldiers
Cuba Cuban guerillas British and Canadian models 1979
Lili Marleen Henchmen of David Mendelsson 1981
Gandhi Gurkha 1982
Bukit Kepong Police Jungle Squad Canadian model 1982
Communist terrorists
Rookies Run Amok 2 (Le retour des bidasses en folie) French soldiers 1983
Overdose (El pico) A Basque terrorist 1983
Copper Angel (Medny angel) Nikolai Yeryomenko, Jr. Sebastian Valdes Canadian Model 1984
Les Morfalous Jean-Paul Belmondo Sgt. Pierre Augagneur Canadian model 1984
French Legionaires
Top Secret! 1984
One Hundred Days in Palermo Mafia hitman With pistol grip 1984
Overdose 2 (El pico 2) A Basque terrorist Footage from El pico 1984
Water Chris Tummings Garfield Cooper 1985
Spies Like Us Mujahideen 1985
Plenty Maquisard 1985
Maximum Overdrive Pat Miller Joe Canadian model 1986
Cuckoo in a Dark Forest British soldiers 1986
The Sicilian Derrick Branche Terranova 1987
Man on Fire Seen in Sandri's hideout 1987
Sitting on a Branch, Enjoying Myself The Boys 1989
Return from the River Kwai Denholm Elliott Colonel Grayson With wooden stock 1989
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) A mujaheddin 1989
Bullet in the Head Leong's henchman 1990
Safari No6 Troops and Military Police 1991
The Warrior's Heart 1992
Bad Blood Lorenzo Lamas Travis Blackstone Canadian model 1994
Les Misérables Jean-Paul Belmondo Henri Fortin 1995
Antoine Duléry Robert "Toubib" Blame
Résistance fighters
Outbreak British mercenary Canadian model 1995
Seven Years in Tibet British soldiers Canadian model 1997
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Henchmen 1999
Equilibrium Resistance fighters 2002
The Pianist Resistance fighters Canadian model 2002
Reign of Fire Refugees 2002
El Alamein - The Line of Fire British soldiers 2002
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Nautilus Crew Ornately decorated and chrome plated 2003
Black Book Resistance fighters Canadian model 2006
Pan's Labyrinth Spanish Maquis 2006
The Last Drop Nick Moran Pvt. Alan Ives 2006
The Last Drop Sean Pertwee Sgt. Bill Macmillion 2006
Assembly (Ji jie hao) Quan Ren Political Officer Canadian model 2007
Balls of Fury Henchmen 2007
Blood Brothers gangster 2007
Chen Chang Mark
Smokin' Aces Chris Pine Darwin Tremor Canadian model 2007
Female agents Julien Boisselier Pierre Desfontaines Canadian model 2008
Sophie Marceau Louise Desfontaines
Vincent Rottiers Eddy
French maquisards
Flame and Citron Thure Lindhardt Bent 'Flame' Faurschou-Hviid 2008
Mads Mikkelsen Jørgen 'Citron' Haagen Schmith
Danish resistance fighters
Miracle at St. Anna Pierfrancesco Favino Peppi 'The Great Butterfly' Grotta 2008
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Brendan Fraser Rick O'Connell 2008
Max Manus: Man of War Aksel Hennie Max Manus w/ and w/o stock 2008
Nicolai Cleve Broch Gregers Gram
Pål Sverre Valheim Hagen Roy Nilsen
The Bank Job Trinidad soldiers Canadian 2008
Red and White (Merah Putih) Dutch soldier 2009
The Army of Crime Xavier Hosten Cristea 2009
Elephant White in weapons cache, rare version with magazine well on bottom instead of left side of receiver 2010
Angel of Evil Seen among other guns 2010
Captain America: The First Avenger J. J. Feild James Montgomery Falsworth 2011
Bruno Ricci Jacques Dernier
The Flowers of War Chinese soldiers modified to resemble Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II 2011
Beyond the Border 2011
Cold Steel (Bian di lang yan) Tony Leung Ka Fai Zhang Menzi mocked as Bergmann MP18 2011
Victor Chen A Gui
Japanese soliders
The Bullet Vanishes Boss Ding's mobs 2012
Cockneys vs. Zombies 2012
Gangster Squad Mickey Cohen thug 2013
The Railway Man Australian Paratrooper 2013
City 44 Józef Pawlowski Stefan Zawadzki 2014
Anna Próchniak Kama
Maurycy Popiel "Góral"
Filip Gurlacz "Rogal"
Tomasz Schuchardt "Kobra"
Sebastian Fabijanski "Sagan"
Polish insurgents
White Soldier Emile Berling André Cariou 2014
French troops and commandos
We Still Kill the Old Way James Cosmo Arthur Bennett 2014
Bravo V Communist terrorists 2015
Battery Number One (Edinichka) Marcin Stec Porucik Stefan Romanowski 2015
Rafal Zawierucha Franciszek
Allied Brad Pitt Max Vatan 2016
Marion Cotillard Marianne Beauséjour
Raphael Desprez "Degas"
Anthropoid Cillian Murphy Jozef Gabčík 2016
Jamie Dornan Jan Kubiš
Sam Keeley Josef Bublík
The Siege of Jadotville Katangese mercenaries 2016
All the Money in the World kidnapper 2017


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Twilight Zone Edward Binns Col. Bob Donlin "I Shot An Arrow into the Air" (S1E15) 1959-1964
Rocket ship crewmen
The Great British Train Robbery A criminal 1966
Stawka wieksza niz zycie Aleksander Sewruk Polish partisan 5/ "Ostatnia szansa" 1966-1968
French resistance fighters 11/ "Haslo"
Mission: Impossible Henchman "The Widow" (S02E01) 1967
Front Without Mercy (Front ohne Gnade) British soldiers Ep.12 1984
The Alsatians or the Two Matildas French Résistance fighters Ep. 04 1996
The Unit Guards "Paradise Lost" 2006 - 2009
Sanctuary Erin Lacourciere Jeanette Anaise "Normandy" (S03E17), Canadian model 2007 - ????
Vincent Gale Nigel Griffin
Guns Gun show customer 2008
Inspector George Gently John Kavanagh Doyle "The Burning Man" (S01E01) 2008
Caprica 2010
The Promise Christian Cooke Len Matthews 2011
British paratroopers
Irgun fighters
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Season 12 Ted Danson Russell "Malice in Wonderland" (S12E18) 2012
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Pedro Pascal Kyle "Malice in Wonderland" (S12E18) 2012
Days of Honour. Uprising (Czas honoru. Powstanie) Jan Wieczorkowski Wladek Konarski 2014
Antoni Pawlicki Janek
Karolina Gorczyca Wiktoria 'Ruda' Rudnicka
Jakub Wesolowski Michal Konarski
Polish insurgents
Foyle's War - Season 9 British soldiers "Trespass" (S9E2) 2015
Julian Lewis Jones James Stafford "Elise" (S9E3)
Madiba SAP officers 2017
Hunting the Devil (Okhota na dyavola) Mariya Lugovaya Anna Yartseva British model 2017
Finnish police, French DST operatives
Trotsky A member of Siqueiros' group With pistol grip instead of buttstock 2017
The Orville "If the Stars Should Appear" 2019
Spy City Ep. 02; Canadian stock 2020
The Defeated British soldiers Canadian stock 2020
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon - Season 1 Demimonde Club Guard "La Dame de Fer" (S1E04) 2023
The Continental: From the World of John Wick Adam Shapiro Lemmy "Loyalty to the Master" (S1E02) 2023
Fallout - Season 1 "The Head" (S1E03) 2024


Title Character Note Date
Black Jack "Blue Jacket" Special Forces Canadian model 1993
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade "Sect" members 1998
Strike Witches Britannian soldiers 2008
Lupin Zero Gaucho's men Ep. "Young Lupin Calls Himself "the Third" 2022 - 2023

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Hidden & Dangerous 1999
Medal of Honor: Underground 2000
Fallout Tactics "Sten Gun" 2001
Battlefield: 1942 "Road to Rome" expansion pack 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline Unusable 2002
Forgotten Hope 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Call of Duty Sten 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive 2004
Call of Duty: Finest Hour "Sten" Canadian model 2004
Call of Duty 2 "Sten" Canadian model 2005
Call of Duty 3 2006
Company of Heroes 2006
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 "Sten Mk II" Canadian model, added in v2.2 (2009) 2007
British model, added in v2.63 (2022)
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts "Sten" 2008
Grand Theft Auto IV w/scope Canadian; Unusable 2008
Call of Duty: Black Ops World War II flashback mission "Project Nova" 2010
7554 Sten 2011
Uprising44: The Silent Shadows 2012
Sniper Elite III Sten Mk. II Canadian model 2014
Counter-Strike Online Sten Mk II Erroneously shown as a closed-bolt weapon 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Sten MK II stock and supressor 2014
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Sten Mk II 2016
"Mk 9 Chopshop" Mk II with chopped barrel & stock
"STENOF" Chambered in .308 Winchester, optional 50 round snaildrum magazine
Sniper Elite 4 Sten Mk. II "Urban Assault Expansion Pack" DLC 2017
Call of Duty: WWII Sten w/ various attachments "Winter Siege" update 2017
Battlefield V STEN 2018
Strange Brigade "Kingsley Special Repeater" With a 28 round magazine 2018
"Chill Burster"
Enlisted Sten Mk II (Canadian) 2021
Battlefield 2042 Sten Added in Update 3.1.2. 2021
Sniper Elite 5 2022
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022

Sten Mk II(S)

Sten Mk II(S) - 9x19mm
Sten Mk II(S) (Canadian) - 9x19mm

The Sten Mk II(S) was a covert ops variant with an extremely effective integral suppressor developed at the request of the British Special Operations Executive by Major Hugh Reeves, who would go on to design the Welrod Pistol. The suppressor used a ported barrel and the recoil spring was shortened and the bolt lightened to ensure reliable function. The S stands for "special purpose" rather than "silenced" as one might expect. It was developed after the failure of attempts early in the war to produce a suppressed Thompson Submachine Gun, and was issued to Commando units and other special forces groups. It was first used by frontline SOE units in in Europe in 1943, and also saw use in the Far East.

While the suppressor became extremely hot with prolonged firing (hence the cloth grip) and would be effectively ruined by running a single magazine through it in full-auto, it was highly effective if fire was restricted to short bursts. As mentioned at the top of the page, SS officer Otto Skorzeny went to great lengths to acquire one, and is known to have stated "What splendid possibilities the use of these silencers offered. What losses they might save and what dangers they might avert! How wonderful, in case of an unexpected meeting with an enemy detachment, to be able to fire without the reports attracting the attention of other enemy groups!" In German use, captured Mk II(S) Stens received the designation "MP751(e)."

While it was officially declared obsolete by the British Army in 1945, the Mk II(S) and Mk VI(S) continued to be used, turning up during counter-insurgency operations in Malaya and Kenya during the 60s. The Mk II(S) was also used by both the Australian SAS and American MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War, and was not actually removed from British Special Forces inventories until suppressed variants of the Heckler & Koch MP5 were adopted in the 1980s.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Guns of Navarone Irene Papas Maria Papadimos 1961
Fifty Dead Men Walking w/ wooden stock, seen in news footage 2008

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Return to Castle Wolfenstein Canadian model w/ Mk II style heatshield 2001
Battlefield: 1942 "Secret Weapons of WWII" expansion pack 2002
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun "Sten Mk II" 2003
Vietcong Canvas grip removed "Vietcong: Fist Alpha" expansion pack 2003
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Canadian model w/ Mk II style heatshield 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive 2004
Vietcong 2 Found only in second mission 2005
Medal of Honor: European Assault "Sten" Only available in multiplayer 2005
Company of Heroes Canvas grip removed 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 "Sten Mk IIS" Canadian model, can overheat, added in v2.46 (2014) 2007
Hour of Victory Canadian model 2007
Operation Thunderstorm Sten Canadian model 2008
The Saboteur 2009
Company of Heroes 2 2013
Warface Sten MkIIS w/PU 3.5 scope Canadian model 2013
Enemy Front STEN MK IIS 2014
Gun Club VR 2018
Battlefield V Singleplayer only 2018
Enlisted Sten Mk IIS (Canadian) 2021
Sniper Elite 5 2022
Military Conflict: Vietnam 2022

Sten Mk III

Sten Mk III - 9x19mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
These Are the Damned Oliver Reed King 1962
Macdonald Carey Simon Wells
The Longest Day French paratroopers continuity error 1965
Harum Scarum Assassins 1965
Alphaville Alphaville security force 1965
If.... Various 1968
Walter Defends Sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo) Hidden in Zis' workshop 1972
Paper Tiger British soldiers 1975
The Year of Living Dangerously Indonesian soldiers 1982
Rookies Run Amok 2 (Le retour des bidasses en folie) French soldiers 1983
Farewell To The King Marius Weyers Sgt. Conklin w/ Canadian model stocks 1989
Wayne Pygram Bren Armstrong
Gerry Lopez Gwai


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Great British Train Robbery A criminal 1966
The Company Chris O'Donnell CIA Officer Jack McAuliffe 2010

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Elite Warriors Vietnam 2005
Death to Spies Sten Mk III 2007
Sten Mk III with Suppressor
Death to Spies: Moment of Truth Sten Mk III 2009
Sten Mk III with Suppressor
Enlisted 2021


Title Character Note Date
Space Dandy Dandy 2014

Sten Mk V

Sten Mk V - 9x19mm
Sten Mk V without vertical grip - 9x19mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
Paratrooper British paratroopers w/ vertical grip removed 1953
A Hill in Korea George Baker Lieutenant Butler w/ vertical grip removed 1956
Harry Andrews Sgt. Payne
Michael Medwin Pte. Docker
The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse Howard Vernon No.12 Vertical grip removed, custom buttstock 1960
The Longest Day French paratroopers continuity error 1965
Sorrel Flower (Fleur d'oseille) Albert Podavini Freddy "Philosopher" 1967
Where Eagles Dare Patrick Wymark Col. Turner w/ vertical grip removed 1968
Sky Riders Ernie Orsatti Joe 1976
A Bridge Too Far British Paratroopers 1977
The Year of Living Dangerously Indonesian soldiers 1982
Bukit Kepong Jins Shamsuddin Sgt. Jamil Mohd Shah w/ vertical grip removed 1982
Yusof Haslam PC Jaafar Hassan
Police Jungle Squad officers
Communist terrorists
Universal Soldier Terrorists w/ vertical grip removed 1992
The Imitation Game A British MP w/ vertical grip removed 2014


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Avengers Roland Curram Vincent East 1961 - 1969
Foyle's War - Season 7 Rob Heanley British Army Sergeant "The Russian House" (S7E1) 2010
Foyle's War - Season 8 British soldiers "The Eternity Ring" (S8E1) 2013
Endeavour - Season 2 A reenactor of British Army of WW2 "Trove" (S02E01) 2014

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault "Sten Mark II" w/ Mk V front sight 30-round magazine 2002
Forgotten Hope 2003
The Stalin Subway "STEN Mk2" w/ vertical grip removed 2005
Forgotten Hope 2 "Sten Mk V" Added in v2.5 (2016) 2007
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Day of Infamy "STEN MK. V" 2017
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Sten w/ various attachments Added via update 2018
Squad 44: Letters From The Front Can mount Lee-Enfield No. 4 bayonet 2018

Sten Mk VI

Sten Mk VI - 9x19mm

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Day of Infamy 2017

Austen Mk I/II

Austen Mk I - 9x19mm
Austen Mk II - 9x19mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Year of Living Dangerously various various 1982


Title Actor Character Note Date
Mission: Impossible A henchmen "Spy" (S01E14) 1988

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Call of Duty: WWII Austen Mk I, added in July 2019 update, 25-round magazine by default 2017
Enlisted Austen Mk I 2021

MP 3008

MP 3008 - 9x19mm Parabellum
MP 3008 with wooden stock and left side charging handle - 9x19mm

The MP 3008, also known as the "Volksmaschinenpistole" (people's machine pistol), was a German submachine gun developed towards the end of WWII. It was essentially a copy of the Sten Mk II, but with a vertical magazine. Due to the poor state of German manufacturing towards the end of the war, and the fact that the MP 3008 was manufactured in various smaller factories and machine shops, there was a lot of variation in terms of the materials and design of the weapon's furniture - it could be found with a skeleton wire stock, a strut stock, a strut stock with a wooden pistol grip, and finally a fully wooden stock.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Jojo Rabbit Volkssturm members 2019


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
The Defeated A henchmen 2020


Title Character Note / Episode Date
Najica Blitz Tactics Crewwomen "Mission: 005 - The Fragile Dream with a Crimson Colored Horizon" 2001

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Enlisted With wooden stock 2021

Viper Machine Carbine

Viper Mk I - 9x19mm

The Viper Machine Carbine was an experimental bullpup version of the Sten that was intended to be used as a one-handed personal defense weapon. The Mk I version of the Viper was designed in 1942 and intended for motorcycle messengers. Built from Sten Mk. III parts and encased in a hollow wooden clamshell, the Mk I would be held by the user underneath the shoulder. As such it possessed no iron sights, or a fire selector for that matter. Only two examples of the Mk I was built. A Mk II version was designed in 1943 but not built; the 1945 Mk III featured a radically different design, being redesigned from the ground up and having more conventional features such as iron sights and a stock. It was intended for military police in Occupied Germany, but only three were built before ultimately being rejected.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Viper Mk I" Mk I 2016
Marauders "ViperMkI" Mk I 2022

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