I didn't have the MG42
available when I took those pictures, and should've noted it in the caption.
The action of the MG42
was actually patterned after an industrial pile driver.
There was no equivalent to the British Bren Light Machine Gun or the German MG34 and subsequent MG42
, which served as LMGs (Light Machine Guns) when fired off the bipod and Heavy Machine Guns by the Wehrmacht when mounted on the German MG34 Lafette 34 tripod and the subsequent modification for the MG42
It's possible that the Gurt 33 non-disintegrating metallic belt designed for the MG34, and subsequently used in the MG42
, was also approved for use in Maxims.
In the postwar years the Spaniards obtained some German surplus MG42
machine guns (Ametralladora MG42
The leading models that come to mind are the MG42
machinegun, the Fallschirmjaegergewehr 42 (Parachutist rifle) and the Sturmgewehr 42/43/44 series.
Both the MG34 and the subsequent MG42
used a non-disintegrating, metallic (steel), push-through belt called the Gurt 33(Belt 1933).
A German MG42
(nicknamed Hitler's Buzz Saw) would set me back about $10,000 more than the BAR.
He would earn the Iron Cross behind an overheated MG42
, refusing to give ground despite facing overwhelming odds.
The system design was perfected by Mauser engineers and incorporated in part as the locking system for the German MG42
machine gun and a prototype assault rifle, the StG-45.
It was eventually used to make barrels for the famous German MG42
GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun).
Without having ever fired them I've seen faux full-auto replicas of German MG34 and MG42
in 8mm Mauser.