MG42 Machine Gun

Quick Details

  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm
  • Type: Fully-Automatic
  • Category: Belt-fed/Medium Machine Gun
  • Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Capacity: 20, 40 and 100 round belts

The MG 42 was a general purpose machine gun that was developed in Nazi Germany and entered service with the Wehrmacht in 1942. It supplemented, and, in some instances, replaced the MG 34 general-purpose machine gun in all branches of the German Armed Forces, though both weapons were manufactured and used until the end of the war. The MG 42 has a proven record of reliability, durability, simplicity, and ease of operation, but is most notable for its ability to produce a high volume of suppressive fire. The MG 42 had one of the highest average rates of fire of any single-barreled man-portable machine gun: between 1,200 and 1,500 rpm, which results in a distinctive muzzle report.

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