Because of the cheapness, simplicity and ease of its manufacture the MG42 was one of the most remarkable light machine guns ever made. Like the MG34 it was designed as a general purpose machine gun capable of being adapted to the role of light, medium or anti-aircraft machine gun-and consequently suffered from the common defects invariably associated with all multi-purpose equipments, with a very high repeated rate of fire, desirable enough in any anti-aircraft weapon, it was wasteful of ammunition when used in a ground role. MG 42 in its LMG role In many ways this weapon typifies the efficiency of the German small arms industry. On the battlefield it gained fame and respect, and many British and American wartime soldiers will have vivid memories of the chilling rattle of its bursts of fire. However, it never completely superseded the MG 34. Basic Data Calibre: 7.92mm Feed: Metal belt containing 50 rounds MY: 2.500--3.000 f/s Bullet weight: 154 grains Length of gun: 4ft Weight: 25lb with bipod Sights: V backsight, 200-2000 metres Range: Effective range 2,000 yards, on bipod 3.800 yards; maximum range 5,800 yards (15,OOOft in AA role) N.B.-These ranges are those claimed by the Germans. By Allied standards the maximum effective range would be considered to be no more than 1,500 yards Method of Operation: Recoil Type of fire: Automatic only Cyc1ic rate of fire: 900-1.200rpm Cooling: Air Like the MG 34, its predecessor, this gun is operated on the short recoil principle, assisted by a muzzle recoil booster. One unique feature of the gun is its novel locking system, in the two locking studs in the bolt head.