German machine guns

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German machine guns

Post by paul.mercer » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:30 pm

Gentlemen,
What was the difference between the German MG 34 and the MG 42?

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Re: German machine guns

Post by frontkampfer » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:15 pm

MG 42 was made up of stampings with much less machining & looser tolerances. It had a huge rate of fire. Both were very good!
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Re: German machine guns

Post by marcelo_malara » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:17 pm

A little late for answering! The mechanisms are different. The MG-34 has a turning bolt, that locks to the barrel extension with a quarter turn, D4 is the rotating part.

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The MG-42 has a lug locking system, the two cylindrical pieces (one of them has a 2 stamped) are pushed to a recess on the barrel extension for locking;

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Barrel changing is simplified too. In the MG-34:

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This is how this was made in the MG-42:

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Re: German machine guns

Post by Byron Angel » Thu Oct 24, 2019 3:49 am

..... And the MG42 design still proudly soldiers on in the 21st century.

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