The MG42 (German: Maschinengewehr 42; English: Machine Gun 42) is a German general purpose machine gun designed in 1942. It fired the 7.92x57mm Mauser round. It went into service with the Wehrmacht from 1942 to 1945. It was infamous for its extremely high rate of fire of approximately 1200 rpm to 1500 rpm. It proved to be one of the most effective machine guns of World War II. Since its original iteration, the MG42 was improved multiple times resulting in the M53, MG3 and MG74.
The gun's infamous reputation in World War II led to the gun being nicknamed "Hitler's Buzzsaw" by Allied troops.
The MG42 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1942 as the is the main mounted machine gun for the Axis Force and one of the Red Army's mounted machine guns. It is commonly found on sandbags and tripods near Axis controlled flags, on Axis APCs, and on Axis/Soviet aircraft and tanks. It has a moderate rate of fire, high damage, moderate accuracy and, because it is mounted, is completely void of recoil. It is very effective at defending a position;however, it overheats quickly and causes the user to be immobile and unprotected allowing for easy flanking or sniper fire.
The Allied equivalent is the M2 Browning.
The Road to Rome expansion displays the MG42 is the main mounted machine gun for the Italian forces. The Secret Weapons of WWII expansion added the MG42 to SS Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen light vehicles.
Vehicles that have the MG42 MountedEdit
- Munitions Panzer
- Panzer IV
- Ju-87 Stuka
— In-game description
The MG 42 is the second unlockable medium machine gun, and is the final unlock for the Support kit overall, available from rank 20.
It possesses the highest rate of fire amongst all fully automatic weapons at 981 rpm, which can be bolstered to 1200 rpm when using the Light Bolt specialization. As such it has one of the shortest time-to-kill of both the Medium and Light machine guns, but also suffers from similarly unparalleled levels of recoil, being very difficult to control unless used in short bursts or when aided by the Recoil Buffer specialization, on top of having the highest per-shot recoil in class. Furthermore, its accuracy and control in hip fire is the lowest possible, statistically.
As with all other Medium Machine Guns, the MG 42 is best used defensively, where its high rate of fire can have rapid, deadly effect against exposed infantry. Its inability to use Iron Sights when not supported by a Bipod, and abysmal controllability when hip fired, makes the MG 42 generally unsuitable for offensive, shoot-on-the-move playstyles, except at extremely close quarters where accuracy is effectively guaranteed.
The MG 42's impressive fire rate can deplete the default belt of 50 rounds in a matter of seconds without overheating. Combat sustainability can be improved with the 250 round Extended Belt, which is incompatible with the Light Bolt and leaves the weapon prone to overheating after an uninterrupted 50 round burst. Chrome lining increases this limit to 100 rounds, while Flashless Propellant assists in target acquisition and concealment by reducing muzzle report. Its last two upgrades are Incendiary Bullets, which improves damage versus aircraft by 100%, effectively deterring fast moving aircraft through its high fire rate, and Quick Reload, which improves the reload speed by 15% - a safe choice for the drawn out reloading process of belt-fed weapons.