Introduction Date:



Mauser Werke AG

Service Length:


  • Wehrmacht
  • Schutzstaffel
  • Technical Data
    Type Weapon:

    General Purpose Machine Gun

    Ammunition Type:

    7.92x57mm Mauser

    Magazine Capacity:

    50-250 Round Belt

    The MG-42 ("MachinenGewehr 1942" or "Machine Gun 1942") is a general purpose machine gun developed for the Wehrmacht and the Schutzstaffel of Nazi, Germany during World War 2. The weapon was designed to replace the more hard to make MG-34 and used sheet metal and steel; which made the weapon even more lethal than it's predecessor. The weapon's rate of fire was 1,200 rounds per and with different bolts; it was 900-1,500 rounds per minute. It fires from a 50-250 round belt fed magazine of ammunition; which can be spent in a nick of seconds and whenever the gun needed reloading; the barrel needed to be changed because if not, it would be at risk of breaking via the heat. The weapon's rate of fire was so fast; that Americans and other allied troops were getting ripped to shreds because of this weapon and it would later earn it's nickname "Hitler's Buzzsaw".

    Saving Private Ryan

    German troops on the beach of Normandy utilized the MG-42 against the oncoming American troops. It would later be used by other German troops along the way; encountered by Miller's Men.

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