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FG42Fallschirmjäger Gewehr 42 (German rifle)
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A while back I read a feature on Nazi Germany's FG42 rifle in the NRA's American Rifleman (I'm a life member, you should join, too).
I turned to Collector Grade Publications for a copy of Death From Above, the definitive work on the FG42.
What makes the 9-pound FG42 so unique is the fact it fires the full-power 8x57mm cartridge from a 20-round box magazine in either full-auto mode from an open bolt or semi-auto from a closed bolt.
The FG42 saw action with the Fallshirmjagers at Monte Casino and Normandy and remained in service to the end of the war.
Because of this, the MP38 is the rarest of the rare and the most highly prized acquisition any collector of German World-War-II-era small arms can obtain, with the exception of the rifle-caliber FG42.
It somewhat reminded us of a German Fallschirmjager Gewehr FG42 crossed with a Johnson light machinegun.
It's a uniquely useful synopsis, as many readers are probably not familiar with methods of operation such as the long-stroke-gas-piston, as found on the World-War-II-era German FG42 and the Sturmgewehr and the subsequent Stoner 63.
The pistol grip is more than a little reminiscent of the last (or Type 'F') model of the World-War-II-era German FG42 (Fallschirmjagergewehr 1942).
It was developed by Rheinmetall's famous lead designer, Louis Stange, who is also credited with designing the famous MG34 General Purpose Machine Gun, the FG42 of the German Fallschirmjager, the Solothurn S-2-200 (MG30) Light Machine Gun, the MG15 aircraft machine gun and a number of other lesser-known automatic weapons.