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Stan History

During  1947, after the Arab Uprising, the Lehi, "Fighters for the Freedom of Israel", an Israeli pre-state armed underground group, wanted to arm its soldiers with a personal weapon. The weapon of choice was the English Stan SMG. Itzak "Yoske" Gazit, a veteran Lehi fighter, recalls:

"The initiative to re-produce the Stan came from Yacob Banai, who was the operational commander of the Lehi. He presented me with the weapon and asked my opinion about manufacturing it. I had no prior experience with weapons manufacturing; however I had a rich experience in metalworking and framing. The first challenge I tried was to manufacture the barrel. I used Chrome nickel and succeeded. The challenge was to make the rifling, however in a few days I managed to construct a device that made the grooves (a knife with three blades, hat was pulled down by a barrel in a spiral motion, thus making the grooves). I mounted the barrel onto the English Stan and it fired without stoppages. From there on we overcame the rest of the challenges: production of the breech, cylinder and the rest of the parts. The stocks were made from wood. When all the parts were ready, we went ahead and made 1000 pieces. The assembly was done in my framing shop in Bnei-Brak. Slowly we improved our working procedures and even bought engraving machines. We manufactured the springs by ourselves, and until May 1948 made 600 Stans. Since the boys that worked were volunteers, the expensesof manufacturing were minimal and were spent only on raw material. At the end we calculated the price of a Stan to be less than 10 Israeli Liras…."

The production of the Stan for the Lehi ceased with the dismantling of the Lehi and its recruitment to the Israel Defense Force.

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