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Sterling SMG

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The Sterling Mk.4 submachine gun is a British submachine gun which was in service with the British Army from 1953 until 1994 as the L2A3 when it was phased out with the introduction of the L85A1. Its earliest combat record however was field testing near the end of WWII with early prototypes.

It was also formerly manufactured and used by India as the Sub Machine Gun 1A1 alongside the suppressed 2A1 variant. A Chilean copy of the Sterling exists, known as the FAMAE PAF, which features a retractable wire stock and no barrel shroud.


(1944 - 1988)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Weight: 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
  • Length: 18.9 in (48.1 cm) stock folded, 27 in (68.6 cm) stock extended
  • Barrel length: 7.7 in (19.6 cm)
  • Capacity: 34-round box magazine; early Sterling prototypes can use Sten magazines
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto

The Sterling SMG and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Sterling Mk.4 / L2A3

Sterling L2A3 (Mk.4) - 9x19mm
Sterling L2A3 (Mk.4) - 9x19mm


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Return of Doctor Mabuse German police 1961
The Ipcress File Michael Caine Harry Palmer 1965
Funeral in Berlin Multiple Characters 1966
Death is Nimble, Death is Quick Ceylon police 1966
You Only Live Twice Multiple Characters 1967
Dark Of The Sun Rod Taylor Capt. Bruce Curry 1968
Jim Brown Sgt. Ruffo
Don't Take God's Children for Wild Geese Dominique Zardi Charles' henchman 1968
On Her Majesty's Secret Service George Lazenby James Bond 1969
No Blade Of Grass 1970
The Last Grenade Multiple Characters 1970
When Eight Bells Toll Anthony Hopkins Philip Calvert 1971
The Bamboo House of Dolls Imperial Japanese Army soldiers 1973
R.A.S. Jacques Weber Alain Charpentier 1973
Jean-François Balmer Raymond Dax
Jacques Villeret Pvt. Girot
Jacques Chailleux Pvt. Moutier
Albert Dray Pvt. Titus
French soldiers
Zardoz Exterminators 1974
The Man From Hong Kong George Lazenby Jack Wilton 1975
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold Tamara Dobson Cleopatra Jones 1975
Ni Tien Mi Ling Fong
Christopher Hunt Mendez
Members of Hong Kong Tactical Squad 7, thugs
Hennessy British Army radioman 1975
Flatfoot in Hong Kong Macau police 1975
The Gypsy (Le gitan) Maurice Barrier Jacques Helman 1975
Boomerang (Comme un boomerang) A gangster 1976
Star Wars (A New Hope, 1977) Imperial Stormtroopers as the "BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle" 1977
Star Wars (The Empire Strikes Back, 1980) Imperial Stormtroopers as the "BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle" 1980
Star Wars (Return of the Jedi, 1983) Imperial Stormtroopers as the "BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle" 1983
The Spy Who Loved Me Roger Moore James Bond 1977
Death of a Corrupt Man (Mort d'un pourri) Assassin 1977
Midnight Express Turkish soldiers 1978
The Wild Geese Jack Watson RSM Sandy Young 1978
Love and Bullets A mobster 1979
The Outsider Derek Young UDR sergeant 1980
Gerry Alexander British sergeant
British troops
Water Alan Shearman Major Charlesworth 1985
British SAS paratroopers
Biggles: Adventures in Time Alex Hyde White Jim Ferguson 1986
Neil Dickson James Bigglesworth
Armed and Dangerous Brion James Anthony Lazarus 1986
Jonathan Banks Clyde Klepper
Fatal Beauty Brad Dourif Leo Nova 1987
Picasso Trigger Cynthia Brimhall Edy as the "BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle" 1988
Savage Beach uncredited actor Donny as the "BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle" 1989
Return from the River Kwai Chris Penn Lt Crawford 1989
L. A. Bounty Bob Minor Martin The civilian version with extended barrel. 1989
RoboCop 2 Gun store robber 1990
The Krays 1990
Marked for Death Jamaican Soldier 1990
Point Break (1991) Australian police officers 1991
If Looks Could Kill 1991
An Ungentlemanly Act British and Argentinian soldiers 1992
Mask of Death A street thug 1996
Return to Savage Beach Donny as the "BlasTech E-11 Blaster Rifle"; footage from Savage Beach 1998
Crocodile 2: Death Swamp robber 2002
Bloody Sunday British paratroopers 2002
Lakshya Indian soldiers 2004
Dhoom 2 Police 2006
Blood Diamond Government Soldiers 2006
The Last King of Scotland Ugandan soldiers 2006
American Gangster guards at Frank's heroin plant 2007
Shootout at Lokhandwala Anti-Terrorist Squad officers 2007
Max Payne 2008
The Nice Guys Matthew Bomer John Boy 2016
Soldiers Only Known By God Argentinian Amphibious Commandos and British paratroopers 2017
Malay Regiment Communist guerillas 2017
Avengement Scott Adkins Cain Burgess 2019
Thomas Turgoose Tune
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Seen in armory 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Doctor Who John Levene Sgt. John Benton "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" 1974
Doctor Who Martin Taylor Cpl. Norton "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" 1974
Doctor Who Trevor Lawrence Lodge "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" 1974
Doctor Who max Faulkner Cpl. Adams "The Android Invasion" 1975
The Professionals Various characters Different configurations 1977-1981
Dempsey and Makepeace Mark Ryan Jimmy "Extreme Prejudice" (S03E05) 1986
Dempsey and Makepeace Tony Osoba Sgt. Jarvis "Extreme Prejudice" (S03E05) 1986
Big Game (Bolshaya igra) Killer S01E06 1988
Inspector George Gently RAF gate guard "The Burning Man" (S01E01) 2008
The Day of the Triffids Jean Murray Susan 2009
Endeavour - Season 4 A guard on nuclear power plant "Harvest" (S04E04) 2017
The Mandalorian Mandalorians "Chapter 3: The Sin"; mocked up as a BlasTech DH-17 Blaster 2019
The Mandalorian New Republic Security Droids "Chapter 6: The Prisoner"; mocked up as a BlasTech DH-17 Blaster 2019
Fallout - Season 1 Ella Purnell Lucy MacLean "The End" (S1E01) 2024
Dave Register Chet
Annabel O'Hagan Stephanie "Steph" Harper

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
No One Lives Forever Incorrect 30-round capacity 2000
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way L2A3 Incorrect 30-round capacity 2002
Contract J.A.C.K. L2A3 Incorrect 30-round capacity 2003
Vietcong 2 2005
Alliance of Valiant Arms 2007
Cross Fire "Sterling" 2007
Payday 2 "Patchett L2A1" Incorrect 20-round and 30-round capacity 2013
Insurgency Sterling full-auto only 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Sterling MK4 bayonet 2014
Insurgency: Sandstorm Sterling Added in June 2020 "Nightfall" update 2018
Military Conflict: Vietnam L2A3 & L2A3 with suppressor 2022


Title Character Note Date
Lupin III: The Secret of Twilight Gemini Mercenaries 1996
Spriggan (1998) A Turkish assassin 1998
Desert Punk A mercenary 2004

Sterling Mk.5 / L34A1

Sterling L34A1 (Mk.5) - 9x19mm
Sterling L34A1 (Mk.5) with exended stock - 9x19mm

The Sterling L34A1 (a.k.a. Sterling Mk.5) is the suppressed version of the Sterling L2A3.


Title Actor Character Note Date
An Ungentlemanly Act British and Argentinian soldiers 1992
Soldiers Only Known By God British and Argentinian soldiers 2017

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.'s Way L34A1 Incorrect 30-round capacity 2002
Contract J.A.C.K. L34A1 Incorrect 30-round capacity 2003
Conflict: Vietnam 2004
Insurgency: Sandstorm Sterling Added in June 2020 "Nightfall" update, created by fitting the Sterling Mk. 4 with the "suppressor" attachment 2018

Sterling Mk.6

Sterling Mark 6 - 9x19mm Parabellum

The Sterling Mark 6 (also called Sterling Mark 6 "Police") is a closed bolt semi-automatic civilian carbine version of the Sterling Mark 4 sold in the United States in the 1980s. It is has a 16" minimum legal length barrel. These were used in movies and television shows, sometimes with the barrel cut down and legally converted to full-auto fire.


Title Actor Character Note Date
RoboCop Mike Moroff Hophead 1987
The Hidden Clarence Felder Lt. Masterson 1987

Sterling Mk.7

Sterling Mk.7 A4 - 9x19mm
Sterling Mk.7 A8 - 9x19mm

The Sterling Mk.7 is a compact pistol version of the Sterling Mk.6. The Mk.7 models are named with a suffix consisting of a letter and a number. For the letter, "A-" models are automatic, "C-" models are semi-auto. For the number, "-4" models have 4.25" short barrels, "-8" models have 7.8" long barrels. They may be fitted with foregrips, front straps, and/or fixed stocks.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Double Team Mk.7 A8 (or Mk.7 C8) with no stock and no foregrip 1997

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Firearms: Source‎ "MK7A4" Mk.7 A4 with foregrip, without stock 2010


CETME C2 - 9x19mm Parabellum

The CETME C2, also known as the CB-64, is a Spanish derivative of the Sterling Mk.4 made by CETME; though similar in profile, the CETME C2 features significant modifications to the design, and none of its parts are interchangeable with the Sterling. The most obvious differences between the C2 and the Sterling is the C2's improved pistol grip, straight 30-round magazines, and different stock design. It also has a relocated charging handle at the top of the receiver and different iron sights. The CETME C2 is made in both 9x19mm Parabellum and 9x23mm Largo.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Torrente Thugs, Rafi's friends 1998
The Business Colombian 2005

C1 Submachine Gun

C1 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm Parabellum

The C1 is the Canadian version of Sterling SMG. It used stamped metal parts rather than cast ones, featured slight internal differences, and had different front sights and a larger, more square trigger guard that can swivel open. Canada produces and issues 30-round magazines for the C1, which feature a slightly different design from the L2A3's 34-rounders, though both magazines are fully interchangeable.


Title Actor Character Note Date
Power Play Soldiers 1978

MGC Sterling

MGC Sterling

A non-firing model replica of the Sterling SMG is produced by MGC of Japan. This replica is primarily based on the Canadian C1, featuring its enlarged trigger guard and trigger, but has its own unique front sight found on neither the C1 nor the L2A3.

The MGC Sterling is notable for being the basis of the BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle found in the Star Wars franchise, specifically the ones in Return of the Jedi.

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Rainbow Six Siege 9mm C1 Introduced in Operation Black Ice expansion (2016) 2015
Ghost Recon Wildlands 9mm C1 2017

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