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Achtung Spitfire! posted a topic in De-activated and Antique Guns, Munitions and FuzesJust a quick snap shot of the various different designs of Sten Gun magazines. I think I have the complete set here but if anyone knows of any different designs let me know. The one on the left is the earliest variant as far as I know. Note only the fourth mag has open witness holes. Witness holes allowed the user to get an idea of how many rounds were left in a magazine. Note the witness holes have been soldered closed on the left hand mag. This was the practise in places like North.Africa. It was done to keep the sand out. They are known as soldered mags. Soldered Thompson mags with an unsoldered mag on the right.