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" and "Hitler's Zipper", the MG42's high cyclic rate of up to 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 development of 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 "GH/MG 42/4687e/cra" on the left side, with a set of ribbed pistol grips, two-position push-button safety switch, and a hardwood buttstock. Mixed numbers on various parts including the bolt. Includes three extra barrels (one is marked for 7.62x51mm, one is in 8 mm, and one is welded shut at the chamber), spare parts, and a belt loading tool.
Very fine, retaining 97% dull refinished blue/black finish with scattered moderate pitting on the barrel shroud and frame with otherwise clear markings. Wood is fine with some scratches and dents, some minor chips in the grip panels, areas of crazing and a crack on top of the buttstock. Mechanically excellent. Included accessories are good, with one included barrel plugged as mentioned above. 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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