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Sten gun

a British light submachine gun.
Also called Sten.
Origin of Sten gun
1940-45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(field), England Unabridged
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  • Scotty concentrated on the Sten gun, grabbing the hot barrel and bending backward.

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British Dictionary definitions for Sten gun

Sten gun

a light 9 mm sub-machine-gun formerly used in the British Army and Commonwealth forces, developed during World War II
Word Origin
C20: from s and t (initials of Shepherd and Turpin, the inventors) + -en, as in Bren gun
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