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Maschinengewehr MG 42

Discussion in 'German Light Weapons' started by Jim, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Jim

    Jim Active Member

    Sep 1, 2006
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    Designed to be easily produced and to provide a high rate of fire, the MG 42 entered service during 1942. Once in the field, its users rapidly appreciated its performance and maintainability and the weapon can be rightly regarded as one of the best squad machine guns of World War II.A variant of the design, the MG 3, remains in service today with the Bundeswehr.


    Maschinengewehr MG 42 [​IMG]

    • TYPE: 7.92 mm calibre air-cooled light machine gun
    • LENGTH: 4 ft 2 in (1.27 m)
    • WEIGHT: 25lb (11.34 kg) with bipod mount
    • EFFECTIVE RANGE: Approximately 6,000 ft (1,829 m) ground-to-ground
    • RATE OF FIRE: Between 900 and 1,200 rpm cyclic
    • AMMUNITION FEED: 50 or 250 round disintegrating link metal belt

    Holding high ground means dominating a large area. Without lifting his head too far out of cover, the defender can direct his fire into a large oval area known as the ‘beaten zone:’ When firing uphill, a machine gunner can only sight a small proportion of the target and might lack the elevation to direct fire into enemy positions.

  2. Sarge

    Sarge Member

    Jan 19, 2016
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    This what you're talking about? With it's stable mates.
    I also have a tripod (both the regular u. the AA) FAs, squad.JPG & scope for the 42.

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