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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 MG 34, the MG 42 (MG standing for Maschinengewehr, literally "Machine Rifle" but usually translated as "machine gun" in this context) 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 MG 34 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 MG 42 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 full-auto only gun. The distinctive sound led to nicknames such as "Hitler's buzzsaw." The MG 42 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 MG 34), while in the medium role the MG 42 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.

MG 39/41

MG 39/41 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.

It is an improved model of the Großfuß MG 39. After military tests on November 24, 1941, it was put into mass production. Under the official military name MG 42. The characteristic feature of the early model is a white grip cladding made of metal and a horizontal charging handle. It is also sometimes incorrectly called the MG 42 Early. About 1,500 pieces of this model were produced. Interestingly, after November 24, 1941, each subsequent model produced received the MG 42 designation, even though the name was officially changed only by order of October 12, 1943.


(Production: 1939 – 1941)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 25.5 lbs (11.6 kg)
  • Length: 48 in (121.9 cm)
  • Barrel length: 20.2 in (51.3 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed
  • Rate of fire: 1200-1350 rpm

The MG 39/41 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
A Bridge Too Far German soldiers 1977

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Enlisted "MG 42 early" 2021

MG 42

MG 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
MG 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. With drum magazine.

The weapon was mass-produced from November 24, 1941. Even though the official name of the weapon was officially introduced only on October 12, 1943. It is the MG 39/41 practically unchanged. Several modifications were introduced during production. The first and quite characteristic was the change of the charging handle and the replacement of the pistol grip lining from metal to wooden. The first copies had both a stock and a grip made of wood. Later examples had a pistol grip made of black bakelite and a wooden stock painted black. From the beginning, the weapon was designed to use 50-round drum magazines from the MG 34 model. The magazines were called Gurttrommel 34. Two types of feed belt were also used for the weapon. Patronengurt 34 and Patronengurt 34/41. in both cases, the belt was segmented, connected to 50 rounds of ammunition each. Most often, the weapon was issued with an ammunition box for 250 rounds called Patronenkaste 34.


(Production: 1942 – present)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 25.5 lbs (11.6 kg)
  • Length: 48 in (121.9 cm)
  • Barrel length: 20.2 in (51.3 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed, Gurtrommel 34 - 50 round belt drum magazine.
  • Rate of fire: 1200-1350 rpm

The MG 42 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Zigmund Kolosovskiy A Polish partisan 1946
Wolves' Lairs (Vlcie diery) Germans soldiers and Slovak partisans 1948
The Silent Barricade Czech insurgents 1949
Breakthrough 1950
Attention! Bandits! (Achtung! Banditi!) German soldiers and Italian partisans 1951
Go for Broke! Lane Nakano Sam 1951
German soldiers
The Unforgettable Year 1919 (Nezabyvaemyy 1919 god) On tripod; seen in Whites headquarters 1951
To Hell and Back Audie Murphy Audie Murphy 1955
German soldiers
Ernst Thälmann - Leader of his Class KZ prisoners 1955
The Tank Brigade German soldiers 1955
Soldiers (Soldaty) German Soldiers 1956
Canal (Kanal) Polish insurgents 1957
The Young Lions German soldiers 1958
At That Time, at Christmas... (Tenkrát o vánocích) German soldiers 1958
Carve Her Name With Pride German soldiers 1958
Darby's Rangers German soldiers 1958
Ice Cold in Alex German soldiers 1958
A Time to Love and a Time to Die Jock Mahoney Immerman 1958
German soldiers
Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? Peter Carsten Gefreiter Krämer 1959
German and Romanian soldiers
Captain Dabac German soldiers 1959
Fortress on Wheels (Krepost na kolesah) Soviet partisans 1960
Taxi for Tobruk (Un taxi pour Tobrouk) Germán Cobos Jean Ramirez Mounted on jeep 1961
The Four Days of Naples German soldiers 1962
The Eye of the Monocle (L'oeil du monocle) German soldiers 1962
The Puzzle of the Red Orchid Gangsters 1962
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
Check Passed: No Mines (Provereno nema mina) Yugoslavian soldier 1965
The Camp Followers (Le soldatesse) German and Italian soldiers 1965
Strike First Freddy (Slå først Frede!) Kolick's henchmen 1965
The Hunchback of Soho Seen in Gen. Perkins' "war room" 1966
The Big Runaround Michel Modo German Soldier Who Squints 1966
Is Paris Burning? German soldiers 1966
How I Won the War German soldiers German tank mounted 1967
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) German troops Infantry and mounted on M24 Chaffee tank and Sd.Kfz. 251 APC 1967
The Devil's Brigade German soldiers 1968
Where Eagles Dare German soldiers 1968
The Marathon (Maratón) German soldiers 1968
The Man Who Lies A German soldier 1968
Castle Keep Peter Falk Sgt. Rossi 1969
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
On the way to Berlin (Na puti v Berlin) German soldiers 1969
Treasures of the Flaming Cliffs (Sokrovishcha pylayushchikh skal) Mercenaries 1969
The Bridge (Most) Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic Major "Tiger" 1969
Boro Begovic "Tihi"
Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus Mane Svercer
Sibina Mijatovic Jelena
German soldiers
One Chance in One Thousand (Odin shans iz tysyachi) German soldiers 1969
Hornets' Nest Rock Hudson Capt. Turner 1970
Hornets' Nest Mark Colleano Aldo 1970
Hornets' Nest SS soldiers 1970
Overrun (Di Marsa Matruh) Ivan Rassimov Lt. Alan Crossland 1970
Overrun (Di Marsa Matruh) German soldiers 1970
Duck, You Sucker! James Coburn John Mallory Stock removed, anachronistic 1971
Legend of the Living Dead (Legenda o živých mrtvých) German soldiers and partisans 1971
The Grand Duel Klaus Grünberg Adam Saxon Anachronistic 1972
Walter Defends Sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo) Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic Walter 1972
German soldiers
Poem of Kovpak: Alarm (Duma o Kovpake: Nabat) German soldiers 1973
Massacre in Rome German soldiers 1973
Now Where Did the 7th Company Get To? (Mais où est donc passée la 7ème compagnie?) German soldiers 1973
The Last Four Days German soldiers 1974
The Seventh Company Has Been Found (On a retrouvé la 7ème compagnie!) German soldiers 1975
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom SS men 1975
Sky Riders Greek soldiers 1976
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
The Tin Drum German soldiers 1979
Go and Don't Say Goodbye (Chod a nelúc sa) German soldiers 1979
From Hell to Victory German soldiers On tripod 1979
Escape to Athena German soldiers 1979
From the Bug to the Vistula (Ot Buga do Visly) German soldiers 1980
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) SS soldiers and partisans 1981
A Captain's Honor (L'Honneur d'un capitaine) Seen in Capt. Caron's headquarters 1982
Uncommon Valor Randall "Tex" Cobb Sailor In the Huey helicopter 1983
The Inheritors (Die Erben) Seen in Günther's apartments and in neo-Nazi training camp 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
The Russians Are Coming 1987
Let Sleeping Cops Lie (Ne réveillez pas un flic qui dort) Men from "Loyalty to the police" Twin mounting 1988
Casablanca Express Jason Connery Alan Cooper 1989
Casablanca Express German Soldiers 1989
Europa Europa German soldier 1990
Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops Yoshikazu Fujiki Inui 1991
Stalingrad German soldiers 1993
Les Misérables German soldiers 1995
Beyond Rangoon Karen insurgents 1995
When Trumpets Fade German soldiers 1998
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
Rose Street SS soldiers 2003
Black Book 2006
Joy Division German paratrooper 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
Crossfire (Les Insoumis) In the warehouse of weapons 2008
Hitler's Kaput! (Gitler kaput!) Pavel Derevyanko Aleksandr Isaevich Osechkin 2008
Battle of Local Importance (Boi mestnogo znacheniya) Sergey Shekhovtsov Starshina Mokhov 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: More Than Death at Stake Adam Woronowicz Lau 2012
German soldiers
Cockneys vs. Zombies German soldiers 2012
Stalingrad German soldiers 2013
Run Boy Run German soldiers 2013
City 44 Grzegorz Daukszewicz "Miki" 2014
Diplomacy German soldiers 2014
Fury German soldiers 2014
1944 Estonian SS and German soldiers 2015
Battery Number One (Edinichka) German soldiers 2015
War Pigs German soldiers 2015
The Captain Samuel Finzi Roger 2017
Overlord Dominic Applewhite PFC Rosenfeld 2018
Jojo Rabbit Rebel Wilson Fraulein Rahm 2019
Mantis Jump (Pryzhok Bogomola) A German soldier Mounted on a motorcycle 2019
The Axe. 1943 (Topor. 1943) Igor Radnaev Kasymov 2021
German Feldgendarmerie Mounted on motorcycles
The Red Ghost (Krasnyy prizrak) Andrey Myasnikov Oberschutze Schmidt 2021
Andrey Kurganov Bruno
Vyacheslav Shikhaleev Politruk
Pavel Abramenkov Moryachok


Title Actor Character Notes / 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 Janusz Gajos Cpl. Janek Kos 1966 - 1970
Wlodzimierz Press Sgt. Gregoriy Saakashvili
German soldiers
The Alsatians or the Two Matildas Philippe Polet Antoine Roederer Ep. 04 1996
Stanislas Carré de Malberg Louis-Charles Kempf-de la Tour
Band of Brothers German Soldiers 2001
CSI: NY "Yahrezit" (S05E22) 2004 - Present
Ultimate Force Jamie Michie Cpl. Finn Younger 2006
March of Millions German soldiers Ep. 1 2007
Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace German soldiers Ep. 02 2009
Our Mothers, Our Fathers Lukas Gregorowicz Jerzy 2013
German soldiers
Foyle's War - Season 8 German soldiers "Sunflower" (S8E3) 2013
Black Cats (Chyornye koshki) Aleksey Komashko Krechet 2013
Days of Honour. Uprising (Czas honoru. Powstanie) German soldiers, Polish insurgents 2014
Naked Among Wolves KZ prisoners and SS soldiers 2015
The Man in the High Castle Greater Nazi Reich soldiers 2015
Black Pea Coats (Chyornye bushlaty) Azamat Nigmanov Azamat 2018
German soldiers On bipod and AA tripod
The Saboteur 3: Crimea (Diversant. Krym) German soldiers 2020
Alyosha Soviet partisans, German soldiers 2020

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
WWII G.I. 1999
Hidden & Dangerous 1999
Medal of Honor: Underground Mounted 2000
Return to Castle Wolfenstein Mounted 2001
Battlefield: 1942 Mounted 2002
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Mounted 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
BloodRayne Mg32 Man-portable 2002
Call of Duty 2003
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin Man-portable 2003
Day of Defeat Man-portable, with deployable bipod 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 Mounted, with infinite ammo, and capable of destroying tanks 2003
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Man-portable and mounted 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive 2004
Call of Duty: Finest Hour "MG42" 2004
Call of Duty 2 "MG42" 2005
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One "MG42" 2005
Day of Defeat: Source 2005
Sniper Elite 2005
Medal of Honor: European Assault 2005
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 2005
Call of Duty 3 2006
Company of Heroes 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 Mounted and man-portable with 50-round drum 2006
Medal of Honor: Vanguard Mounted 2007
Medal of Honor: Airborne Mounted 2007
Clive Barker's Jericho Demonically-possessed and unusable 2007
Hour of Victory Mounted 2007
Death to Spies Mounted 2007
Call of Duty: World at War Mounted 2008
Call of Duty: World at War - Final Fronts Mounted 2008
Death to Spies: Moment of Truth Mounted 2008
The Royal Marines Commando Mounted 2008
Operation Thunderstorm Mounted 2008
Wolfenstein Mounted; stock is part of Particle Cannon and Liechenfaust 43 2009
Mafia II Only used in one mission 2010
Karma Online 2011
Rage Skeletal with barrel shroud and recoil booster 2011
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad "MG 42" Added with the 2014 "Armored Assault" Update 2011
Sniper Elite V2 2012
Uprising44: The Silent Shadows 2012
Payday 2 "Buzzsaw 42" optional DLT-19 Blaster Rifle from Star Wars; added in Gage Historical Pack (2014) 2013
Project Reality: Normandy 2013
Company of Heroes 2 2013
Enemy Front Mounted 2014
Far Cry 4 Man-portable 2014
Sniper Elite III 2014
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Heroes & Generals 2016
Far Cry 5 Live Event reward 2018
Squad 44: Letters From The Front Assault Drum infantry configuration, Lafette 42 tripod and Sd.Kfz. 251 mounted 2018
Battlefield V 2018
Vigor "Maschinengewher 3" Uses 7.62x51mm ammo, like the MG3, but modelled on a MG42 2018
Fallout 76 "Light Machine Gun" Chambers .308 Winchester, modelled with a 50-round belt drum but incorrectly holds 75 in-game 2018
Far Cry New Dawn 2019
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War unusable; only seen during one singleplayer campaign mission 2020
Far Cry 6 2021
Enlisted "MG 42" 50-rounds belt drum magazine 2021
"7.92 mm MG42 machine gun" 150-rounds belt Mounted on German tanks
"MG42" Mounted on fortifications, with infinite ammo
Call to Arms - Gates of Hell: Ostfront 50 round mag MG42 2021
belt fed MG42
Sniper Elite 5 2022
Marauders (video game) "MG42", "Heavy MG42" 50-round drum, chambered in 7.62, "Heavy" variant fitted with gunshield 2022


Title Character Notes Date
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro 1979
New Dominion Tank Police bank robber 1993
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Kerberos Squad members 1998
Kino's Journey: Life Goes On Kino 2003
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa Thule members 2005
Black Lagoon Neo-Nazis 2006
Strike Witches Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2008
Gertrud Barkhorn
Erica Hartmann
Eila Juutilainen
Strike Witches 2 Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2010
Gertrud Barkhorn
Erica Hartmann
Eila Juutilainen
Fernandia Malvezzi
Martina Crespi
Strike Witches: The Movie Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2012
Gertrud Barkhorn
Erica Hartmann
Eila Juutilainen
Nikka Katajainen
Kunika Kuroda
Adriana Visconti
Yoshika Miyafuji
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Rudol von Stroheim S1E26, "The Ascendant One" 2012
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion Homura Akemi cameo of the fictional World Witches variant 2013
Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2014-2015
Gertrud Barkhorn
Erica Hartmann
Eila Juutilainen
Fernandia Malvezzi
Martina Crespi
Punch Line 2015
Brave Witches Nikka Katajainen Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2016-2017
Gundula Rall
Eila Juutilainen
Hanna Wind
Edytha Rossmann
Mounted on Panzerwerfer 42 rocket artillery
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2020
Gertrud Barkhorn
Erica Hartmann
Eila Juutilainen
Charlotte Yeager
Luminous Witches Alexandra Şerbănescu Fictional variant using Patronentrommel 34 drum magazines, without bipod 2022
Ottilie Kittel
Aira Linnamaa
Yoshika Miyafuji


Title Character Notes Date
What If...? - Season 1 HYDRA soldiers w/drum magazine; "What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" (S1E01) 2021

MG 45

MG 45 (MG 42V) - 7.92x57mm Mauser.

The MG 45 (also known as the MG 42V) was a machine gun based on the MG 42, which was developed but not fielded in significant numbers by the German Army in World War II.


(Production: 1944 – 1945)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 19.8 lbs (9 kg)
  • Length: ??
  • Barrel length: 26 in (66 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed, Gurtrommel 34 - 50 round belt drum magazine.
  • Rate of fire: 1350-1800 rpm

The MG 45 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Enlisted "MG 45" 2021


MG3 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
MG 74 - 7.62x51mm NATO. This is an Austrian variant of the MG 42 manufactured by Steyr Mannlicher.
MG3KWS - 7.62x51mm NATO. Modernized variant manufactured by Rheinmetall.

The MG3 is an updated version of the MG 42, chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and first introduced in 1958. Changes include a chrome-lined barrel, a new friction ring buffer, an improved feeding mechanism, recalibrated sights and NATO compatibility. Some versions feature a heavier bolt to reduce the rate of fire, allowing the MG3 to be fired from the shoulder more easily.

The MG3KWS (German: Kampfwertsteigerung; lit. "Combat improvements") is a modernized variant of the MG3, developed by Rheinmetall and Tactical Groups. It was designed as a substitute until the Heckler & Koch MG5, a 7.62x51mm NATO variant of the MG4, could be able to fully supplant all MG3s currently in service. The MG3KWS has many distinguishing features from the original MG3, such as a Picatinny rail system on top of the receiver and heat shield hand guard, an adjustable cheekpiece, a shoulder rest, a revised bipod, and a unique carry handle which doubles as a foregrip.


(Production: 1959 – present)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Country of Origin: West Germany
  • Caliber: 7.62mm
  • Cartridge: 7.62x51mm NATO
  • Weight: 25 lbs (11.4 kg)
  • Length: 48.2 in (122.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 22.2 in (56.5 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed
  • Rate of fire: 700-800 or 1100-1200 rpm depending on the Booster and Bolt

The MG3 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
We Want the Colonels (Vogliamo i colonnelli) Top-mounted on tank, in documentary footage 1973
Illustrious Corpses (Cadaveri eccellenti) Hull-mounted on Italian Bergepanzer 2 ARV; maybe MG42/59 1976
The Living Daylights Czech soldiers Mounted on vehicle 1987
April Captains (Capitães de Abril) Portuguese marines 2000
The Rundown Jon Gries Harvey Mounted on a dune buggy 2003
Hotel Rwanda . French soldiers Mounted on Jeeps 2004


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
On Wings of Eagles Revolutionaries 1986

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Steel Beasts MG3A1 Mounted on Leopard 2A4 tanks 2000
Ghost Recon MG3 2001
Devil May Cry 2 Mounted on "Infested Tank" (Leopard 2A5) 2003
Söldner: Secret Wars 2004
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
Alliance of Valiant Arms MG3A1 Mounted on Leopard 2A6 tank 2007
World in Conflict MG3A1 Mounted on Leopard 2 tanks 2007
Cross Fire "MG3" 2007
7.62 High Calibre 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2008
Counter-Strike Online MG3 "Christmas Special," Gold finishes 2008
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 With optional C-More red dot sight or ACOG 2010
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker MG3 2010
Battlefield Play4Free With optional EOTech red dot sight or M145 MGO scope 2011
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 2013
Warface with a drum mag 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly MG 3 (MG 42) 2014
Rainbow Six Siege Unusable; seen on photo 2015
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex First Assault MG33-A w/ various attachments Added via the "Renewal" update - shares default iron sights with the Seburo C-30 2015
Squad MG3 ELCAN scope Scoped infantry and mounted variants 2015
Phantom Forces MG3KWS KWS variant 2015
Ironsight MG3 75-round drum magazine 2018
Call to Arms 2018
Insurgency: Sandstorm MG3 Added in March 2019 Content Update 2018
Cruelty Squad "AMG4" 2021


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

Zastava M53

Zastava M53 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

After WWII, this MG 42 variant was built in Yugoslavia as the M53 machine gun using original German machinery, retaining the 7.92x57mm Mauser caliber. Because of this, the original weapon's design features were retained, making the M53 a near exact copy of the German MG 42. The only major difference is a slower rate of fire.


(Production: 1953 – present)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Country of Origin: Yugoslavia / Serbia
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 25.4 lbs (11.5 kg)
  • Length: 44.1 in (112 cm)
  • Barrel length: 21.1 in (53.5 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed
  • Rate of fire: 800-1050 rpm

The Zastava M53 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Cross of Iron 1977
Savior seen in machine gun nest 1998
The Hunting Party Somali irregulars 2007


CETME Ameli - 5.56x45mm

A Spanish-made light machine gun externally based off the MG 42 / MG3, designed by CETME (Centre for Technical Studies of Military Equipment), chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. It is basically a miniaturized version of the the full sized MG 42 / MG3 with some modern design changes.

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 as opposed to the more simple roller-locked system, similar to the the vast majority of Heckler & Koch weapons.

The weapon is used with 100 or 200-round belts. A STANAG magazine adaptor that replaced the belt feed cover was also made for the Ameli, which and was rarely used.


(Production: 1982 - 2013)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Country of Origin: Spain
  • Caliber: 5.56mm
  • Cartridge: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Weight: 12.6 lbs (5.7 kg)
  • Length: 38.2 in (97 cm)
  • Barrel length: 15.7 in (40 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed
  • Rate of fire: 850-1200 rpm

The CETME Ameli and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
Sliders 1995-2000

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Cross Fire "CETME Ameli" 2007
Call of Duty: Ghosts Ameli Late NB model, with MG42/MG3 style vertical charging handle 2013
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Ameli Late NB model 2014
Rainbow Six Siege ALDA 5.56 Various Attachments added in operation Para Bellum. Incorrectly holds 80 rounds in 100 rounds belt fed 2015
Caliber 2019
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War MG 82 w/various attachments Added in Season Four update, late NB model 2020

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