Show Us Your Weapon of War – MG42


N’s MG42


  1. avatar Heretical Politik says:

    I think we could close it out with that one… unless someone out there has a tank or a howitzer they’ve submitted for this series.

  2. avatar jwtaylor says:

    My favorite machine gun of all time, and I’ve shot a few.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      My least favorite machine gun of all time – they shot far too many.

  3. avatar -Peter says:

    Now we’re cooking with gas! Don’t stop the WoW series now… it’s just starting to get interesting.

    For the record, I don’t mind the occasional AR build picture, especially if they’ve really done something special with it. It’s just nice to see some more exotics as well.

    I love American swimsuit models, but I also like to oogle the occasional German, Italian, Belgian, Israeli, Russian, or Chinese models as well. Same goes for guns!

  4. avatar Ralph says:

    A Weapon of the Last World War, but one that would do just fine today or in the next World War.

  5. avatar CTstooge says:

    Oh Hell Yes. Wow.

  6. avatar Chris says:

    Awesome, one of the best machine guns ever fielded.

  7. avatar Milsurp Collector says:

    Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, one of my favorite mg’s of all time pops up. Please don’t cut this photo series short, it’s too awesome. And let’s not forget the million dollar question; has this particular ’42 had its rate of fire knocked back to +/- 950 rpm, or does it still let loose at full throttle?

  8. avatar jwm says:

    Now that is really a weapon of war.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      You’ve never been downwind from me after some Tex-Mex…


      1. avatar jwm says:

        After years of diligent experimenting I found that a combination of beer, boiled eggs and oranges worked to create a gas that should have been banned by the Geneva Convention.

        Crimes against humanity was a mild charge for what I created.

  9. avatar jwtaylor says:

    And if you can get one with the right bolt, they will push way past the 1,000rpm mark. Sounds like a reciprocating saw spitting out 8mm Mauser rounds. Just awesome.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:


      I wonder if MGs today if their bolt mass was reduced by making them from Titanium would up their cyclic rate like that…

      Or just put a standard bolt on a diet with some lightening holes / fluting, etc…

    2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

      From what I’ve read, the light bolt/higher cyclic rate could occasionally result in the gun firing while the bolt was still out of battery.

      Guns firing with bolts out of battery is bad, mmmkay? Fire a gun with the action out of battery, and you’re going to have a bad time.

      So they slowed down the cyclic rate to about 950 RPM, which is still plenty fast compared to American/British guns, which are 450 to 600+ RPM. At the original 1200 RPM, the MG-42 needed a brace of barrels to change out to keep the barrels from burning out quickly.

  10. avatar BDub says:


    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      You can drool, Billy.

      I think I’ll *BOING* instead…


  11. avatar Scott says:

    Beautiful gun, but I bet it’s a pain in the pocket book. 8mm goes for about a dollar a round. I wonder if he has to buy the links and then link them himself?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      A few years back I saw linking machines for sale in, I believe, the Shotgun News.

  12. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    The sight of that brings joy to my ears.

  13. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I keep checking out those M53(MG42) kits on Apex gun parts. It would only be semi auto if I built it, but it would be a cool thing to have in the collection. If they ever opened up the registry then I would need to rebuild it to make it what it should have been in the first place.

  14. avatar Taylor TX says:

    Just when I thought the Browning was going to take the cake… gonna take it off the bucketlist some day.

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