It does kind of look like a 41. It may also be one of the Beretta 38 variants.....
December 22, 2011, 03:04 PM
Definitely looks like Beretta. AFAIK MP41 was a fairly rare weapon. PPD-40 had a shrouded barrel.
Carl N. Brown
December 22, 2011, 03:16 PM
Beretta Model 38/44 (exposed barrel without the shroud of the Model 38A)? I'll go a little further out on a limb: judging from the position of the holder's hand a folding stock Model 38/44. Probably Beretta from cocking handle on the right, no visible ejection port (the 38 series have left-hand ejection).
December 22, 2011, 03:38 PM
Looks like a MP41 to me !
Carl N. Brown
December 22, 2011, 11:30 PM
betting again: beretta 38/44
appears similar to several varieties of folding stock Beretta developed in WWII; example 38/44:
The series also included an underfolder stock similar to the German MP40.
To be fair, Earlsbud spotted it first in post #6
The Beretta and Sig are similar. The rear sight of the Sig either doesn't show in the photo or it's not there. I have to change my guess to Beretta.
December 24, 2011, 03:23 PM
The pictured weapon has a wooden pistol grip stock. If there is a shoulder stock, it is a wire or folding stock. The only Beretta M38 variant with a folding stock has no wood. Also, look at the receiver above the stock. The rear of the receiver is forward of the rear edge of the stock. This is not consistent with any of the Beretta M38 variants except the Model 2 but the profile is still very different.
I'm not convinced it is the M48, either. The stock appears to extend too far forward. It appears to end just behind the magazine.
What it may very well be is Beretta Model 4 that has been restocked.
December 24, 2011, 03:28 PM
It may also be a home-made SMG. There was a number of them in WW2 and in Chechen war. Also look at the trigger guard, it's much thicker than Sig. Nevertheless, I think Sig comes the closest, esp. with rear sight removed.
Or may be a modified Egyptian Aqaba - look at the 3rd photo: