Type: Machine Gun

Nations: Germany

Branch: Armed Forces

Time Period: 1942-1945

Conflicts: WWII

Other Names: Hitler’s Buzzsaw

Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser

Facts: The Maschinengewehr 42, or MG42, is a general purpose machine gun used by German forces from 1942 through 1945. It was designed to replace the MG34 machine gun, primarily to address shortcomings with the MG34, but was also made primarily of stamped sheet metal making it simpler and cheaper to produce. The Rheinmetall design also came to be one of the most effective and well known machine guns in the world with its extremely high rate of fire averaging at about 1,200 rounds per minute earning it the nickname of “Hitler’s Buzzsaw”. The design is even used today as the MG3, an MG42 copy chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO and modified with things like optic rails, and can even be seen influencing mechanisms in other popular and modern machine guns like the M60 used from the Vietnam War to today.