MG-42 Machine Gun

The MG 42 - Maschinengewehr 42:

The MG 42: Hitlersäge ("Hitler's Saw")

The high rate of fire resulted in a distinctive muzzle report.
At such a high rate of fire the human ear cannot easily discern the sound of individual bullets being fired, and in use the gun makes a sound described as "like ripping cloth" and so giving rise to the nickname Hitler's Saw.
The gun was sometimes called "Spandau" by British troops from the manufacturer's plates noting the district of Berlin where some were produced.

Revolutionary design features:

MG 42 Machine Gun Crew:

The original crew consisted of Six Men: Later War Measures reduced the crew to just Three Men:

MG42 Disadvantages:

MG-42 on Infantry Tripod

The high rate of fire of the MG 42 sometimes proved to be a liability:
While the weapon could be used to devastating effect, it would quickly exhaust its ammunition supply.
The Handbook of the German Army forbade the firing of more than 250 rounds in a single burst (5 x 50 round belts – taking 13 seconds) to minimize barrel wear and over-heating.

MG42 Lineage

The MG 42's ► MG1 (MG 42/59) ► MG1A3 ► MG3. The MG3 remains in use today with the German Army.

The MG42 design principles were used in the Swiss MG 51, the SIG MG 710-3, the Austrian MG 74, the Spanish 5.56mm Ameli light machine gun, the American M60 and the Belgian MAG.