I visited a militaria fare last year and purchased what I was told was an SOE sten,I have since found out that this is not the case,It is in fact a remodeled sten made by Finland in the 50's.
As you can see the Sten was in a very bad way,Rusty,Missing parts and the wrong main spring,But was legally deactivated.
I stripped and reblued and made the missing parts and found a mainspring,It was then that I was told the Sten was a Finland made item,So back to my shed as I wanted a ww2 model.
I replaced the cocking handle,Cut the rear grip and used the connecting part from this,I made the Butt plate and gusset plate,Cut a tube and welded a new butt assembly.
Just need to Blue the new parts now.
While restoring this,I have found out that the Sten is actually a British made 43 dated model.