One of the signature weapons of World War II, the German MG42 machine gun was one of the best infantry weapons of the war, blending portability and intense firepower, while also being more streamlined in production than earlier weapons. Dubbed "Hitler's Buzzsaw", the MG42's high cyclic rate (about 1,200 rounds per minute) gave it a distinct and intimidating sound, very alien to American and Commonwealth troopers trained with and around slower-firing weapons; at that speed, individual gunshots are replaced with a steady, disturbing roar. The 42's life went on after the war, continuing in service with the West German armed forces rechambered for NATO-standard calibers, and being used alongside the MG42 as inspiration for the American M60. Folding blade front and ladder rear sights are installed on the full length barrel shroud, along with a screw-on flash hider, folding bipod, and a quick-release barrel mechanism. A machined trunnion connects the stamped shroud to the stamped receiver, which is marked "NC/MG42/7323k/cra" on the left side, with a set of ribbed pistol grips, two-position safety switch, and a feldgrau-colored painted buttplate.
Fine, with 60% of the arsenal refurbished blue finish, showing areas of gray patina, mild scratches and dings and scattered oxidization. The painted buttstock shows a crack in the left side along with mild wear, and the grips are good. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478. Provenance: Cater Joseph collection.
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