MG 42 machine gun 7.92×57mm Mauser (M53)

The MG 42/M53 is regarded as one of World War II's most iconic machine guns and a testament to German engineering during that era. The MG 42's combination of high rate of fire, reliability, and adaptability made it a formidable weapon on the battlefield and a symbol of German military innovation during World War II. The MG 42, initially known as the MG 39, was a general-purpose machine gun developed by Nazi Germany during World War II and adopted by the Wehrmacht in 1942.

The MG 42 was used as a crew-served machine gun and integrated into various vehicles, aircraft, and defensive positions. Its firepower and reliability made it a preferred weapon for offensive and defensive operations. The MG 42's design and features influenced subsequent machine gun developments worldwide. Variants of the MG 42 were produced in various countries, and its legacy can be seen in modern machine gun designs.

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The MG 42's exceptional rate of fire made it stand out among other machine guns of its time. With a cyclic rate of around 1,200 to 1,500 rounds per minute, it could quickly lay down a tremendous fire volume. The MG 42's rate of fire was so high that some Allied soldiers mistook it for multiple machine guns firing simultaneously.

Despite its high rate of fire, the MG 42 was relatively lightweight compared to other machine guns of the era, making it more manoeuvrable and more accessible to transport in combat situations. One of the key features of the MG 42 was its quick-change barrel system. This allowed gunners to rapidly swap out hot or worn-out barrels to prevent overheating and ensure sustained fire without damaging the weapon.

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The MG 42 is no longer in active service with most modern military forces. However, some countries and organizations may still have limited stocks of MG 42s or variants in reserve or for ceremonial purposes.

For practical military use, the MG 42 has been largely replaced by more modern and advanced machine gun designs. Variants of the MG 42, such as the MG3, have seen continued use in some countries due to their robust design and versatility.

Overall, while the MG 42 may have a historical significance and remain in limited use in certain areas, it is not a standard issue weapon for most contemporary armed forces.

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The MG 42 earned the nickname "Hitler's Buzzsaw" due to its distinctive sound when firing at a high rate. Its distinct appearance and reputation have led to its frequent appearance in movies, video games, and other popular culture depicting World War II.

While not in widespread use by modern military forces, the MG 42 continues to be used in ceremonial and historical reenactment settings, preserving its legacy as an iconic World War II weapon.

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TypGeneral-purpose machine gun
Typ náboje7.92×57mm Mauser
Kapacitabelt-fed 50 or 250 shots
SystémRecoil-operated, roller-locked
Hmotnost11,5 kg (26 lb)
Délka1,2 m (48 in)
Úsťová rychlost740 m/s (2,400 ft)
Účinný dostřel3,500 m (3,800 yd) with tripod and telescopic sight
Rate of fire1,200 rounds/min
Místo původuGermany
VýrobceGroßfuß AG, Mauser Werke AG, MAGET
KonstruktérWerner Gruner