MG 42 7.92mm machine gun

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 The Maschinengewehr 42 or MG 42 is an air-cooled 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 in all branches of the German Armed Forces, though both weapons were manufactured and used until the end of the war.

The new design required considerably less tooling and was much simpler to build—it took 75 man hours to complete the new gun as opposed to 150 man hours for the MG 34 (a 50% reduction), and cost 250 RM as opposed to 327 RM (a 24% reduction). The MG 42 receiver was made out of stamped metal, making it much easier to produce than other machine guns which required receivers to be painstakingly machined from solid.

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 stunning volume of suppressive fire. It has 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.

The MG 42’s lineage continued past Nazi Germany’s defeat, forming the basis for the nearly identical MG1 (MG 42/59), and subsequently evolving into the MG1A3, which was in turn followed by the MG3. It also lent many design elements to the American M60 and Belgian FN MAG.

The MG 42 was adopted by a number of armed organizations after WWII, and was both copied and built under licence.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for German and some Axis armed forces – from 1942 to the end of World War II (1945) and also for many other NATO post war forces.

Foxtrot example shown here in its ‘light ground role’ is fitted with folding bipod and has a loose belt attached.

Film Set Notes

Fast firing and dramatic weapon with immense presence. Usually fired with bipod fitted from cover on ground so muzzle blast kicks up the dust to add to the vivid muzzle flash