MG42

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Adopted by Germany in 1942, in an effort to reduce the machining time and cost inherent in the production of the MG34, the MG42 (MG standing for Maschinengewehr, literally "Automatic Rifle") is perhaps the deadliest machine gun used during the war. Geared for mass production above all else, it was designed to take full advantage of modern production techniques such as replacing machined components with stamped ones; one of the key figures in the project, Ernst Grunow, had no prior experience in firearm design whatsoever and worked for Großfuß AG, a company that normally made sheet-metal lanterns. The result was a weapon that took 50% fewer man hours to build than the MG34 and cost 24% less. Light weight and great reliability made it one of the first true modern general purpose machine guns, able to be used in the light machine gun role on a bipod or the medium machine gun role on a tripod. The light weight of operating components make the MG42 one of the fastest-firing single-barrel guns which does not require an external power source; with a cyclic rate of 1200 rounds per minute, individual shots are mostly indiscernible. The rate is so fast that even a trained operator has trouble firing a single shot from the fullauto-only gun. The distinctive sound led to nicknames such as "Hitler's buzzsaw." The MG42 also features an extremely fast barrel change system, allowing sustained fire even with the extremely high fire rate.

The weapon was issued in the light machine gun role with an ammo drum containing a 50-round belt (the same one used on the MG34), while in the medium role the MG42 typically used 250-round belts. The gun is chambered in the 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge (also known as 8mm Mauser), the same cartridge used in the well known K98k infantry rifles, and ammunition is interchangeable (though Kar 98 ammunition was not issued in belts, making this of limited use in practical terms). Machine gun ammunition was slightly more powerful in order to avoid jams and run the mechanism more reliably.

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MG42

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser

Specifications

  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Length: 48 inches
  • Barrel Length: 20.18 inches
  • Weight: Gun: 25.50 pounds
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,475 feet per second
  • Maximum range: 3,800 yards
  • Maximum effective range: 1,000 yards
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 1200-1350 rounds per minute


The MG42 machine gun appears in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Wolves' Lairs (Vlcie diery) Germans soldiers and Slovak partisans 1948
The Silent Barricade Czech insurgents 1949
Attention! Bandits! (Achtung! Banditi!) German soldiers and Italian partisans 1951
Go for Broke! German soldiers 1951
Go for Broke! Lane Nakano Sam 1951
To Hell and Back Audie Murphy Audie Murphy 1955
To Hell and Back German Soldiers 1955
The Tank Brigade German soldiers 1955
Soldiers (Soldaty) German Soldiers 1956
Canal (Kanal) Polish insurgents 1957
The Young Lions German soldiers 1958
Carve Her Name With Pride German soldiers 1958
Darby's Rangers German soldiers 1958
Captain Dabac German soldiers 1959
The Great Escape German prison guards 1963
The Longest Day German soldiers 1963
Monsieur Gangster Horst Frank Theo 1963
Where is the General? (Gdzie jest general?) German soldiers 1964
The Assassination (Atentát) German soldiers 1964
The Train German soldiers 1964
The Bells Toll for the Barefooted (Zvony pre bosých) German soldiers 1965
The Big Runaraound Michel Modo German Soldier Who Squints 1966
The Devil's Brigade German soldiers 1968
Where Eagles Dare German soldiers 1968
The Bridge at Remagen German soldiers 1969
Liberation: Breakthrough Italian soldier 1969
Play Dirty German soldiers 1969
The Battle of Neretva Yul Brynner Vlado 1969
The Battle of Neretva Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic Stole 1969
The Battle of Neretva Ljubisa Samardzic Novak 1969
The Battle of Neretva Boris Dvornik Stipe 1969
The Battle of Neretva German troops and partisans 1969
Five for Hell Aldo Canti Nick Amadori 1969
Five for Hell German soldiers 1969
Hornets' Nest Rock Hudson Capt. Turner 1970
Hornets' Nest Mark Colleano Aldo 1970
Hornets' Nest SS soldiers 1970
Duck, You Sucker! James Coburn John Mallory stock removed 1971
A Bridge Too Far German soldiers 1977
I Am the Law (Il prefetto di ferro) Italian Carabinieri mocked up as Perino machine gun 1977
Soldier of Orange German soldiers and paratroopers 1977
The Inglorious Bastards German troops and French Resistance members 1978
Force 10 from Navarone German troops and Yugoslavian resistance members 1978
The Passage German soldiers 1979
Go and Don't Say Goodbye (Chod a nelúc sa) German soldiers 1979
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) SS soldiers and partisans 1981
Uncommon Valor Randall "Tex" Cobb Sailor In the Huey helicopter 1983
Death Wish 3 Martin Balsam Bennett 1985
Plenty German soldiers 1985
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Sonny Landham Sam Sixkiller 1985
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission German Soldiers 1985
The Park is Mine Tommy Lee Jones Mitch Garnett 1985
Aliens Jenette Goldstein PFC J. Vasquez Mocked up as M56 Smart Gun 1986
Aliens Mark Rolston Private M. Drake Mocked up as M56 Smart Gun 1986
The Sicilian Italian soldiers 1987
Escape from Sobibor Guards 1987
Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort) Men from "Loyalty to the police" Twin mounting 1988
Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops Yoshikatsu Fujiki Inui 1991
Stalingrad German soldiers 1993
Beyond Rangoon Karen insurgents 1995
Saving Private Ryan German soldiers 1998
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt - film Bandit 1998
Uprising SS troops, Jewish insurgents 2001
El Alamein - The Line of Fire German soldiers 2002
Sweat Police equipped with a monitor for aiming 2002
The Cuckoo German soldiers 2002
Black Book 2006
Days of Glory German soldiers 2006
Intimate Enemies Fellaghas 2007
The Bridge Toni Deutsch Karl Baermann 2008
The Bridge German soldiers 2008
Flame and Citron German soldiers 2008
Miracle at St. Anna German soldiers 2008
Valkyrie German soldier 2008
Hitler's Kaput! (Gitler kaput!) Pavel Derevyanko Aleksandr Isaevich Osechkin 2008
Brother's War German and Soviet soldiers 2009
Spoils of War German soldiers 2009
Sniper: Weapons of Retaliation German soldiers 2009
New Kids Turbo Flip van der Kuil Barry 2010
Memorial Day German soldiers Man-portable, mounted on Kubelwagen, SdKfz 251 Halftrack 2011
Beyond the Border German soldier 2011
My Best Enemy Polish partisan 2011
My Way Dong-gun Jang Kim Jun-Shik 2011
My Way Joe Odagiri Tatsuo Hasegawa 2011
My Way Wehrmacht soldiers 2011
Machine Gun Preacher LRA troops 2011
Hans Kloss. Stawka wieksza niz smierc Adam Woronowicz Lau 2012
Hans Kloss. Stawka wieksza niz smierc German soldiers 2012
Cockneys vs. Zombies German soldiers 2012
Stalingrad German soldiers 2013
Fury (2014) German soldiers 2014

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note /Episode Date
Combat! German Soldiers 1962 - 1967
The Rat Patrol German Soldiers 1966 - 1968
Stawka wieksza niz zycie German soldiers and Polish partisans 1966-68
Czterej pancerni i pies German soldiers 1966-70
Czterej pancerni i pies Janusz Gajos Cpl. Janek Kos 1966-70
Czterej pancerni i pies Wlodzimierz Press Sgt. Gregoriy Saakashvili 1966-70
Band of Brothers German Soldiers 2001
CSI: NY "Yahrezit" (S05E22) 2004 - Present
Ultimate Force Jamie Michie Cpl. Finn Younger 2006
Our Mothers, Our Fathers Lukas Gregorowicz Jerzy 2013
Our Mothers, Our Fathers German soldiers 2013
Foyle's War - Season 8 German soldiers "Sunflower" (S8E3) 2013

Video Games

Title Appears as Note Date
WWII G.I. 1999
Medal of Honor: Underground mounted only 2000
Return to Castle Wolfenstein mounted 2001
Battlefield: 1942 mounted weapon 2002
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault mounted 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
Call of Duty 2003
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin Man-portable 2003
Forgotten Hope Man-portable, mounted on M2 tripod, bunkers and machine gun nests, Flakpanzer IV "Ostwind", Stug III Ausf. G, M4A1 and M4A3E2 "Jumbo" Shermans, Sherman IV and "Firefly", Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber, Junkers Ju 88 and Heinkel He 111 Bombers 2003
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Medal of Honor: Infiltrator 2003
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory portable and mounted 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive 2004
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One 2005
Call of Duty 2 2005
Day of Defeat: Source Man-portable, with deployable bipod 2005
Sniper Elite 2005
Call of Duty 3 2006
Commandos: Strike Force 2006
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 Man-portable, mounted on SdKfz 234/1 and 234/2 "Puma" Armored Cars and Jagdpanther IV tank destroyers 2006
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 2006
Time Crisis IV with DShK grips 2006
ÜberSoldier stationary and portable with 50-round drum 2006
Clive Barker's Jericho demonically-possessed and unusable 2007
Call of Duty: World at War 2008
The Royal Marines Commando mounted only 2008
Wolfenstein mounted; stock is part of Particle Cannon and Liechenfaust 43 2009
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 2010
Mafia II only used in one mission 2010
Karma Online 2011
Rage skeletal with barrel shround and recoil booster 2011
Heroes & Generals stand-alone and mounted 2012
Hour of Victory
Day of Defeat Man-portable, with deployable bipod
Sniper Elite V2 2012
Project Reality: Normandy 2013
Enemy Front mounted only 2014
Sniper Elite III 2014
Far Cry 4 2014

Anime

Title Character Note Date
New Dominion Tank Police bank robber 1993
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Kerberos Squad members 1998
Kino's Journey: Life Goes On Kino 2003
Black Lagoon Neo-Nazis 2006
Strike Witches 501st JFW members loads MG34 double drum magazines 2008
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion Homura Akemi w/ Doppeltrommel magazines 2013


MG3

MG3 Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
MG3 Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO. Note the black furniture

The MG3 is the modern rendition of the MG42 machine gun. Changes include a chrome-lined barrel, a new friction ring buffer, an improved feeding mechanism, recalibrated sights and NATO compatibility. The MG3 is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
  • Length: 48.22 inches
  • Barrel Length: 22.24 inches
  • Weight:
  •  :Gun: 25 pounds (11.36 kg)
  •  :Tripod: 36 pounds (16.36 kg)
  •  :Total: 61 pounds (27.73 kg)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,690 feet per second
  • Maximum range: 3,500 meters
  • Maximum effective range: 1,200 meters
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 700-800 or 1100-1200 rounds per minute depending on the Booster and Bolt

The MG3 machine gun appears in the following films and video games used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Living Daylights . Czech soldiers Mounted on vehicle 1987
The Rundown Jon Gries Harvey Mounted on a dune buggy 2003
Hotel Rwanda . French soldiers Mounted on Jeeps 2004

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Ghost Recon MG3 2001
Battlefield Play4Free With optional EOTech red dot sight or M145 MGO scope 2011
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 With optional C-More red dot sight or ACOG 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008
Counter-Strike Online MG3 "Christmas Special," Gold finishes 2008
Battlefield 2 MG3A1, coaxial mounting Mounted on Leopard 2A6 tanks 2005
Project Reality Hand-held & fixed defensive mounting, with optional ELCAN scope, EOTech red dot sight, & 75-round ammo drum & 200-round ammo box 2005
Project Reality MG3A1, vehicle mounting Mounted on Leopard 2A6 tanks 2005
Devil May Cry 2 Mounted on "Infested Tank" (Leopard 2A5) 2003
Steel Beasts MG3A1 Mounted on Leopard 2A4 tanks 2000
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker MG3 2010
Alliance of Valiant Arms MG3A1 Mounted on Leopard 2A6 tank 2007
World in Conflict MG3A1 Mounted on Leopard 2 tanks 2007
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 2013

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino Rico 2008
Canaan Daedala forces 2009
Hayate the Combat Butler Hayate Ayasaki 2009
Angel Beats! Matsushita 2010
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky 2010


CETME Ameli

CETME Ameli Light Machine Gun - 5.56x45mm. Basically a miniaturized version of the the full sized MG42/MG3 with some modern design changes.

A Spanish-made light machine gun externally based off the MG42/MG3, designed by CETME (Centre for Technical Studies of Military Equipment), chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO / .223 Remington. It has been in service from 1982 to the present day. Despite its very close external resemblance to the German MGs, the weapon operates using a roller-locked delayed-blowback mechanism, similar to the the vast majority of Heckler & Koch weapons.

Specifications

  • Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Length: 38.2 inches
  • Barrel Length: 15.75 inches
  • Weight: Gun: 14 pounds
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 850 or 1200 rounds per minute


The CETME Ameli machine gun appears in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Sliders 1995-2000

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
SOCOM 4: US Navy SEALs AMELI 2011
Call of Duty: Ghosts Ameli 2013




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