War & Conflicts Discussions => WW II German weapons => Topic started by: stoffel on 4 December 2014, 14:42:23

Title: WWII German Small Arms: MG 42
Post by: stoffel on 4 December 2014, 14:42:23
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MG42 bipod

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Standard carrying of the gun.

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MG42 on tankmount in anti-aircraftrole

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MG42 on tripod, panther tank in the background

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MG 42 with 50rd drum magazine

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The MG 42 ( maschinengewehr 42) machinegun.

The successor for the famous MG34.
This weapon had some improvements over the mg34.
Its rate of fire was very high,  an answer to the Russian human wave attacks.
Main difference is the square mantlet around the barrel, new sights and an easy way to change the barrel.
On the right of the weapon you could pull a switch to open the mantlet, this freed the barrel. A new barrel could be placed in a few seconds.
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Changing barrel

Firing the weapon gave it a very authentic sound like ripping through paper.
The weapon was made by 3 firms: Mauser, Gustloff and Johannes Grobfuss.
In the 1942-1944 timeframe over 400. 000 have been produced.
Like the Mg34 the weapon could be shoulder fired with a bipod or fired from under cover with the standard tripod.


Weight: 11.57 kg (25.51 lb)
Length: 1,120 mm (44 in)
Barrel length: 533 mm (21.0 in)
Cartridge: 7.92×57mm Mauser
Action Recoil-operated, roller-locked
Rate of fire: 1,200 rounds/min (varied between 900–1,500 rounds/min with different bolts)
Muzzle velocity: 755 m/s (2,477 ft/s)
Effective firing range: 200–2,000 m (219–2,187 yd) sight adjustments
Maximum firing range: 4,700 m (5,140 yd)
Feed system: 50 rds drum or 250-round belt
Sights iron sight, or telescope

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