Superb quality all metal with real wood stock including linked 25rd ammo belt making this a exceptional display piece to add to your WWII collection.
Each Shoei MG42 has its own unique serial number
Designed for the airsoft market, capable of firing BB's when connected to an external air supply. Makes a superb display piece.
Includes : original box, instructions, 25rd linked ammo belt and 5 real look 7.92mm bullets. Please note: Photos above show ammo belt with 25x 7.92mm real look rounds. The MG42 Includes into the price 5x 7.92mm real look rounds. Anti-aircraft sight optional extra.
Construction: All metal with real wood stock and grip
Weight: Approx: 8 kilograms
The MG42 was meant as a more efficient replacement to the expensive and hard to produce MG34. The designers at Mauser were confident in the stamped metal technique used for the MP40, and decided that this extremely efficient and cost effective technique should be employed to its fullest on their new machinegun. Working with captured Polish and Czechoslovakian weapons Mauser was able to come up with the MG39/41, which after further testing became the MG42. The new weapon was light, very reliable, and provided devastating firepower. The MG42 was marginally lighter, fired faster, had an easy to remove barrel (as simple as the MG34), and most importantly, was much more cost effective and easy to produce than the MG34. The MG42 was used on all fronts, and was used in great numbers. If allied troops mentioned their biggest fears the MG42 would be at the top of the list. Because of the extremely high rounds per minute rating of the MG42, its gunners were trained to fire in short one second bursts so as to increase accuracy and lower the amount of rounds used.
prototype designated MG 39 was accepted for troop
trials in February 1939; it was
refined into the fifth and final prototype, the MG39/41, and sent into a
large combat evaluation involving 1,500
MG 39/41. After small detail improvements, mass production was started and the
weapon was introduced into the wehrmacht as the MG 42. Total production
of the MG 42 for the German wehrmacht during WW II was 414,964. The
weapon was produced by the companies Mauser AG
Gustloff-Werke in Suhl, Grossfuss in Döbeln, Maget in Berlin and Steyr in
During WWII, the MG42 had the fastest rate of fire of any weapon, at 1200 rounds per minute (up to 1800 in some versions). At this rate it becomes impossible for the human ear to discern the sound of individual bullets being fired, and thus when in use the gun makes a sound described both as "ripping cloth" and "Hitler's Buzzsaw". During the war, over 400,000 were manufactured.
Even today it is still regarded by many experts as the best machine gun ever. The MG42, with minor modifications, is still the primary heavy machine gun of the modern German army, now called the MG3. A number of other armies around the world have adopted versions of the original, and guns looking similar, or identical, to the MG42 remain in widespread service today. The US Army's M-60 is based upon the MG42