|Weapon Type||Duel Purpose Machine Gun|
|Origin & Designer||Germany/Werke|
|Crew||2 - Gunner & Loader (L.M.G.).|
6 - Squad Leader, Gunner, Loader & 3 x Ammunition Bearers (M.M.G.).
|Round Weight||150gr (9.8g)|
Tri-Pod Mount Lafett
|Combat Weight||L.M.G.: 12 kg.|
M.M.G.: 31 kg.
|Operation||Recoil Operated Fully Automatic|
|Sights||Front Blade/Post and V Rear + Telescopic (Lafette-34)|
|Feed||50 Round Drum or 250 Round Belt|
|Practical Rate of Fire||250 r.p.m.|
|Maximum Rate of Fire||900 r.p.m.|
|Muzzle Velocity||755 m/s|
|Maximum Range||Effective: 600-800m.|
|Notes||The MG.42 served along the MG.34 and but never fully replaced it, as both weapons were in fact produced until end of the war. The MG 42 has one of the highest average rates of fire of any single-barrelled man-portable machine gun, and like the MG.34 It was designed to perform both as a Light Machine Gun and Medium Machine Gun and issued to Infantry Sections (LMG) and Machine Gun Companies (MMG).|