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Shoei

WWII German MP44

(Hitler's Buzzsaw)

             
                         
             
 
               
 

Shoei : WWII German MG42  (limited production)

Limited production.

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

Optional:   Anti-Aircraft site :  

Real look 7.92mm dummy bullets:   Per box of 10 Shoei MG42 real look`bullets`       Looks great on the MG42 :

Spare Magazines: 

Brief info on the Maschinengewehr 1942   (MG42)

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.

The first 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 Werke Borsigwalde, Gustloff-Werke in Suhl, Grossfuss in Döbeln, Maget in Berlin and Steyr in Vienna.
The weapon was air-cooled and recoil-operated with a short barrel recoil; the recoil mechanism based on a newly invented- construction of a breech with rollers. The belted Mauser 7.92 mm ammunition was fed from the left.
The unmatched simplicity, functionality and effectiveness of the design not only resulted in a an astonishing ruggedness and immunity to the conditions of front use, it also decreased the amount of resources and raw material necessary to produce one MG 42 to 27.5 kg; it took only 75 work hours to complete a MG 42 as opposed to the 150 necessary for the MG 34; the MG 42 cost only 250 R
eichsmark. Even today it is still regarded by many experts as the best machine gun construction ever.

It had an overall length of 122.0 cm, a barrel of 53.0 cm and weighed 11.6 kg in the role as a light machine gun equipped with the bipod. The bipod, the same as on the Mg 34, could be mounted to the front o
r the center of the gun. In the role as a heavy machine gun it utilized the newly developed Lafette 42 ("mount") that weighed 20.5 kg. The MG42's nominal rate of fire was 1500/min; reportedly, this rate varied to a degree with individual weapons; furthermore, the rate slightly increased in prolonged bursts. The higher rate of fire led to a decreased barrel life expectancy when compared with the MG34: the barrel was only good for between 3,500 to 4,000 rounds. Later, barrels were chrome-plated which lengthened life expectancy a bit; still, the barrel became hot rather fast and had to be changed often; the MG42 accounted for this with an even further simplified barrel change mechanism.
Because of the ruggedness of the MG 42, it was preferred to issue this weapon to the infantry and rather use the MG 34 in vehicle mounts where the MG 34 was less exposed to dirt and damage.

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