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 FG42 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/MG42/2181 h/cra" on the left side, with a set of ribbed pistol grips, two-position safety switch, and a hardwood buttstock. Included with the lot are a number of spare parts (described by the consignor, but not guaranteed, as a 7.62mm parts kit), non-disintegrating metal belts, an Eastern European made field mount, post-WWII Hensoldt-Wetzlar field mount periscope sight (note: not compatible with the included field mount), a metal barrel case and three extra barrels (two marked for 7.62mm, the other not explicitly marked).
Very good, with 80% of the refinished dull blue/black finish, showing some mild wear and handling marks overall. Some rust is present, particularly on the bipod, around the muzzle device, and on the heat shield, which also shows additional scratches, likely from bipod or field mount use. The grip panels are chipped and cracked, and the buttstock is chipped and split, with wartime-style plug and wire repairs. The accessories are in very good order for their age and field use. The periscope has a brittle lens cap, but otherwise appears to be in fine order. Mechanically very good. 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) that is classified as a "Curios or Relic" as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.
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