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The Fallschirmjägergewehr 1942 (English: Paratrooper rifle 1942, colloquially referred to as the FG42) was a purpose-designed automatic rifle intended for use by the German Fallschirmjäger units of the Luftwaffe. It is semi-bullpup in configuration, with a side-loaded magazine, and fired the full-sized 7.92mm Mauser cartridge at 750-900 rounds per minute. It was a response to the early failures of German paratroops in Crete and other places, who had to have their weapons dropped in separate crates and had only sidearms to defend themselves before they could retrieve the crates.

While a novel design, the weapon had numerous drawbacks. It was expensive to produce, the side-mounted magazines tended to unbalance the weapon and resulted in a hard pull, which was exaggerated by the power of the cartridge it fired.

Battlefield 1942[]

"This is the assault rifle of choice for German paratroopers. It was developed specifically for the paratroopers to compensate for their lack of supporting weapons during operations. This weapon is said to be the model for the next generation of full-power assault rifles, and for good reason — it packs a powerful punch."

— World War II Anthology Edition Manual, Fallschirmjager Gewehr 42

The Fallschirmjager Gewehr 42 (referred to as the Gewehr42 in the game files) is an Assault Rifle featured in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII, issued to the German Elite Forces Assault kit. It has a high rate of fire, moderate accuracy, high damage and medium recoil. It uses a 30-round magazine. According to the game files, it uses the same projectile material as the StG 44, hence being identical in stats.


Battlefield V[]

"With its selective fire functionality the FG 42 was way ahead of its time. German paratroopers used and liked it, but it was never produced in great numbers."

— In-game description

The FG-42 is a weapon featured in Battlefield V. It was first seen in the Devastation of Rotterdam trailer.


Throughout the singleplayer War Stories and Combined Arms, the FG-42 is the primary weapon of both the regular German faction Support soldiers and, as seen in My Country Calling and Basic Training, British machine gunners. It can also be found in supply crates throughout the other war stories.


The FG-42 is unlocked for the Support at class rank 16. With the highest fire rate and lowest magazine capacity of the LMGs at launch, the FG-42 has the second quickest time to kill in its class (behind the BAR M1918A2 on its Fast ROF mode), at the cost of low controllability and frequent reloads. With per-shot vertical recoil being high in its class in addition to possessing higher than average horizontal recoil, the FG-42 can be unpredictable during uninterrupted fire. Although its integral bipod and select-fire capability allows it to engage targets at extended range, the weapon's recoil characteristics generally favor a more aggressive playstyle, at least compared to the other weapons in said category.

Complementing its role as an assault-style weapon, the FG-42 is the only Support weapon thus far with the ability to mount a bayonet, done so at rank 4 of its Specialization tree. Its two general paths are geared towards improving recoil control, with the left side decreasing aiming down sight speed, vertical recoil and improving hip fire, while the right side decreases horizontal recoil, Easing ranged engagements while improving stationary and moving accuracy providing more consistent recoil as well as improving movement speed through aiming. Players must choose between either reduced vertical or horizontal recoil at rank 3, which takes per-shot deflection down to 0.608 vertical, 0.176 left and 0.224 right, respectively.



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