MG 42

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Axis Weapon
MG 42
Weapon stats:
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Maximum damage; the minimum is always 1 Effective firing range, in pixels (for reference, the game field is 400px wide by 600px tall) Firing rate, in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second); the less, the better Clip size Reload time, in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second); the less, the better; the unit's exp is deducted from this value, getting faster as it ranks up
100 375 5-30 N/A N/A
CQC (close quarter combat) bonus multiplier; the unit's rifle skill is multiplied by this value when firing at a distance of 100px or less Range malus; the unit's rifle skill is divided by this penalty when firing beyond the weapon's range AP (anti-personnel) explosion radius; area of the blast that damages all units, but deals reduced damage to vehicles AT (anti-tank) explosion radius; area of the blast that deals special damage to mechanical units Gib explosion radius; area of the blast that blows all organic units caught in it to pieces
3 2 N/A N/A N/A
High fire rate and great fire suppressor
Having this gun makes you a very special target.
A german killer! A machine gun that will cut you to pieces, used on the halftrack, the german car, the tiger tank, by gunners, and by the side car man on the bike.

The MG 42 was the primary German machine gun of WWII. It is called the "Hitler's Buzz Saw" by Allied troops, it is so effective that the American M-60 machine gun was based on it. It's rate of fire, between 1,200 and 1,500 rounds per minute, gave it its distinctive sound and is among the highest of any gun ever made. Later models actually reduced the rate of fire to conserve ammo and reduce the wear on the gun. Very deadly in good hands and will pin down your troops for a pretty long time.

MG 42 is basically Browning .30 Machinegun with longer range, better firerate but without target switching ability.

Who Uses This?

Real Life

  • It was called "Hitler's buzz saw" by the allied soldiers because when it shot it sounded like tearing cloth.
  • This weapon was so deadly, that US soldiers were trained to learn its signature sound.
  • An expert on the MG-42 could replace its barrel in about 2 seconds and allied troops were trained to take out the gun positions in those 2 seconds, after that you'd dash for cover because all hell was going to break loose.
  • A barrel change was suggested to happen after around 150 rounds were discharged.
  • The German tactical book said that 2 rifle men would provide covering fire FOR the MG-42. In most other countries, it was the other way around.
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