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Fallschirmjägergewehr 42
Country of origin

Nazi Germany

Manufacturer(s)

Rheinmetall
Krieghoff
L.O. Dietrich

Designer(s)

Louis Stange

Year(s) designed

1941-1942

Production began

1943

Production ended

1945

Weapon type

Battle rifle

Caliber

7.92×57mm Mauser

Action

Gas-operated, rotating bolt

Overall length

Ausführung "E": 945 mm (37.2 in)
Ausführung "G": 975 mm (38.4 in)

Barrel length

500 mm (19.7 in)

Weight

Ausführung "E": 4.2 kg (9.3 lb)
Ausführung "G": 4.95 kg (10.9 lb)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

20-round detachable box magazine

Cyclic rate

Ausführung "E": 900 RPM
Ausführung "G": 750 RPM

Maximum effective range

600m

Used by

Germany and Argentina

The FG 42 (Fallschirmjägergewehr 42) is a German battle rifle.

HistoryEdit

The Germans were looking for a light, portable, select-fire rifle for their use. With these requirements, the FG 42 was born. It was trialled against a Knorr-Bremse and Krieghoff design, but the FG 42 won. The FG 42 was later given some design refinements by Krieghoff.

Design DetailsEdit

The FG 42 uses a rotating bolt mechanism, which was later copied by the Americans in their M60 machine gun.

VariantsEdit

The FG 42 had two variants.

Ausführung "E"

This was the earlier version of the FG 42. It can be distinguished by its oddly-angled pistol grip.

Ausführung "G"

This was the Krieghoff refinement of the FG 42. It can be distinguished by its conventional pistol grip.

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