Bureau chief Karl Baritzke is standing, second from left; Werner Gruner, designer of the MG42
, is standing, third from right; and Hugo Schmeisser, pioneer of the MP18 and StG 44 is seated, second from left.
was built in Nazi Germany and could fire around 1,200 rounds per minute.
There are 20 German World War II MG42
General Purpose Machine Guns in this collection.
Lou scooped up an ammunition belt and waved me over to his MG42
, considered to be the finest, most vicious machine gun ever made.
Late in the war, Mauser engineers combined the MP44 and MG42
into the MKb Gerat 06 that subsequently evolved into the StG45(M).
Both the German MG34 and MG42
could fire belted ammunition, but the former could also be fed from 75-round drums.
With lessons learned during the development and modernization of both their iconic MP 40 submachine gun and infamous MG42
, engineers began work on the STG 45(M), or Sturmgewehr of 1945.
The troops found themselves landing, exhausted, sick, soaked and frozen, in the middle of a "turkey shoot" under relentless German fire from the fearsome MG42
machine gun, known as "Hitler's Buzzsaw" because of its continuous, barking roar.
62 mm NATO Mitrailleuse d'Appui General (MAG), while the remainder (excluding the US) chose NATO caliber versions of the World War II MG42
(the latest versions being designated MG3).
Drawing from the basic operating principles made popular by the German wartime MG42
General Purpose Machine Gun, this roller-locked subgun is indeed smooth in action.
I normally don't write, but was driven to this time in regards to the excellent article about the German MG42
It most certainly did not come close to the machine guns it was supposed to emulate and compete against on the battlefield, the German MG34 and MG42