Here Is A WWII Weapon That You Probably Haven’t Seen: The FG 42

Say what you will about the German Wehrmacht during World war II, but the weapons that they used (with deadly efficiency) were some of the best weapons in the world at that time. German arms manufacturing was at it’s peak during the second world war and one of the best examples of that, is the FG 42. This particular weapon was specifically designed for German paratroopers.

The FG 42 gave the soldier not only a semi-automatic weapon, but also a light machine gun. The FG 42 fired a 7.92×57mm full sized Mauser cartridge from a 10 or 20-round detachable box magazine. The FG 42 was lighter than it’s American counter part, the Browning Automatic Rifle (aka the BAR) and could be used as a semi-automatic weapon to save ammunition.

*The FG 42 (German: Fallschirmjägergewehr 42, “paratrooper rifle 42”) is a selective-fire automatic rifle produced in Nazi Germany during World War II. The weapon was developed specifically for the use of the Fallschirmjäger airborne infantry in 1942 and was used in very limited numbers until the end of the war. 

It combined the characteristics and firepower of a light machine gun in a lightweight form no larger than the standard-issue Kar 98k bolt-action rifle. Considered one of the most advanced weapon designs of World War II, the FG 42 influenced post-war small arms development, and most of its design was copied by the US Army when they developed the M60 machine gun.
 In 1941, the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) requested a selective-fire hand-held weapon for the paratroopers; Senior Staff Air Secretary Ossenbach at the GL/C Erprobungsstelle-6 (GL/C E-6—the Luftwaffe Weapons Development Branch at Tarnewitz near Lübeck) was approached informally to develop this special new weapon.
The Reich Air Ministry (Reichsluftfahrtministerium or RLM) sought to develop a universal shoulder-fired automatic rifle that could replace the bolt-action rifle, submachine gun, and light machine gun in the air assault role.The proposed weapon would also simplify logistics and provide greater firepower to the individual paratrooper.

H/T – Wikipedia


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