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 Cyprus 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 1942EditThe 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.
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Throughout the singleplayer war stories, the FG-42 is the primary weapon of enemy German machine gunners, in addition to being used by British paratroopers during the 1940 section of My Country Calling. 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, the FG-42 has the quickest time to kill in its class at the cost of possessing the highest recoil pattern of all LMGs and needing to reload frequently. Although its integral Bipod and select-fire capability allows it to engage targets at extended range, the weapon's characteristics generally favor a more aggressive playstyle compared to the other light machine guns in said category.
It is the only Support weapon thus far with the ability to mount a Bayonet through upgrades. 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 while improving stationary, Moving accuracy and movement speed through aiming.