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MG42 Machine Gun

The MG42's suppressive power in action
The MG42's suppressive power in action

The MG42 was a machine gun fielded by the armed forces of Nazi Germany during the Second World War. MG42 is a contraction of  Maschinengewehr 42, or Machine Gun 42. It was first deployed in 1942 and was a successor to the reliable, but more expensive, MG34.

The MG42 was a relatively lightweight, inexpensive weapon with a devastating rate of fire. It was possible for the MG42 to be carried and used as a light machine gun by infantry, but was usually mounted and fired by a three man crew (a gunner, a tripod carrier and a ammunition bearer).

The post war American M60 machine gun and the Belgian MAG took many design elements from the German weapon.

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