Sterling MP L2A3

Silhouette (Visual identification)

Sterling MP L2A3
Category Submachine Guns
Operating System Blowback-operated, select-fire, fires from open bolt
Cartridge
Length 481 mm
Feeding Box magazine

Sterling submachine guns were widely manufactured for export. More than 70 countries purchased various quantities of Sterling submachine guns. These weapons were rather popular among British troops because of their relatively compact size, adequate firepower and accuracy and good reliability. Special "high power, submachine-gun only" ammunition was procured by British army for Sterling submachine guns. This ammunition was absolutely safe in Sterling submachine guns, but can cause extensive wear to many 9mm pistols designed for commercial 9x19 ammunition.

Global distribution map

Weapon prevalence origin Country of origin licensed Licensed production unauthorized Production without a license
X
Scale dependend aggregation of production sites

The Sterling MP L2A3 is found in 63 countries

This map is a reflection of data on global distribution and production provided primarily by the BwVC. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.


Global distribution list

The data on global distribution and production is provided primarily by the BwVC, but also from national and regional focal points on SALW control; data published by think tanks, international organizations and experts; and/or data provided by individual researchers on SALW. It is not exhaustive. If you would like to add to or amend the data, please click here.

Origin Country of origin
Production Licensed production
Non-Licensed Production Production without a licence
G Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by Governmental agencies.
N Non-Government: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is held by non-Governmental armed groups.
U Unspecified: Sources indicate that this type of weapon is found in the country, but do not specify whether it is held by Governmental agencies or non-Governmental armed groups.

It is entirely possible to have a combination of tags beside each country. For example, if country X is tagged with a G and a N, it means that at least one source of data identifies Governmental agencies as holders of weapon type Y, and at least one other source confirms the presence of the weapon in country X with non-Governmental armed groups.

Argentina (ARG)
G
Australia (AUS)
G
Bahrain (BHR)
G
Bangladesh (BGD)
G
Barbados (BRB)
G
Belize (BLZ)
G
Botswana (BWA)
G
Brunei (BRN)
G
Bulgaria (BGR)
U
Canada (CAN)
O
G
Chile (CHL)
O
U
Cyprus (CYP)
G
U
G
Egypt (EGY)
U
Gabon (GAB)
G
Ghana (GHA)
G
Guinea (GIN)
U
Guyana (GUY)
G
India (IND)
O
G
Iraq (IRQ)
G
Jamaica (JAM)
G
Jordan (JOR)
U
Kenya (KEN)
G
Kuwait (KWT)
G
Lebanon (LBN)
G
Lesotho (LSO)
G
Libya (LBY)
G
Malawi (MWI)
G
Malaysia (MYS)
G
Malta (MLT)
G
Morocco (MAR)
G
G
Namibia (NAM)
U
Nepal (NPL)
G
New Zealand (NZL)
G
Nigeria (NGA)
G
North Korea (PRK)
G
Oman (OMN)
G
Pakistan (PAK)
G
G
Philippines (PHL)
G
Portugal (PRT)
G
Qatar (QAT)
G
Sierra Leone (SLE)
G
Singapore (SGP)
G
Somalia (SOM)
G
South Africa (ZAF)
U
South Sudan (SSD)
U
Spain (ESP)
G
Sri Lanka (LKA)
G
Sudan (SDN)
G
Swaziland (SWZ)
G
Tanzania (TZA)
G
The Gambia (GMB)
G
G
Tunisia (TUN)
G
Uganda (UGA)
G
U
O
G
U
Zambia (ZMB)
G
Zimbabwe (ZWE)
G

Visual identification (Silhouette)

Sterling MP L2A3 (10)