MG42 (7.92 mm)

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The MG42 on top of the Sd.Kfz.234/4

Description

The MG42 is one of the main German rifle-calibre machine guns utilised in War Thunder alongside the MG 34 (7.92 mm)

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The MG42 is a jack-of-all-trades of machine guns with no real weaknesses limiting its use for the larger part.

Available ammunition

  • Default: AP-I · AP-I · AP-T
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 90° (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-I 10 9 7 4 0 0
AP-T 13 12 7 4 1 1
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AP-I 880 0.0102 N/A N/A N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°
AP-T 905 0.01 N/A N/A N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

The MG42 has a very high rate of fire meaning that the often drum belt is emptied very quickly. Small bursts should be used against lighter armoured vehicles that can be penetrated single shots should be used until the damage is being inflicted to conserve ammunition.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High rate of fire

Cons:

  • Low ammunition capacity
  • Low penetration against anything but light armour

History

The MG42 was significantly less expensive on the German industry at the time of production due to the parts being made out of stamped metal and employing a new roller locked action.

One uniqueness of this gun is the barrel changing mechanism. Unlike most machine gun barrels, when replacing the barrel, it was necessary to remove the barrel from the side of the heat shield, requiring more space necessary to work around the machine gun unlike most other barrels of the time. Due to this issue, MG 34 machine guns continued to be produced and were also installed in production Tiger and Panther tanks as series hull machine guns.

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Tank machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  M37 · M60D · M73 · M240 · M1919A4
12.7 mm  M2HB · M80 · M85
Germany 
5.56 mm  MG4
7.62 mm  C6 · MG3A1
7.92 mm  MG13 Dreyse · MG34 · MG37(t) · MG42
USSR 
7.62 mm  DT · PKT · RP-46 · SGMT
12.7 mm  DK · DShK · 6P49 · NSVT
14.5 mm  KPVT
Britain 
7.62 mm  Browning MG4 · L3A1 · L8A1 · L8A2 · L37A1 · L37A2 · L94A1
7.7 mm  Vickers
7.92 mm  BESA
12.7 mm  L21A1
Japan 
6.5 mm  Type 91
7.62 mm  Type 74
7.7 mm  Type 97
12.7 mm  Type 60 (B)
China 
5.8 mm  QJT
7.62 mm  Type 86
12.7 mm  QJC88A
Italy 
7.62 mm  Beretta MG42/59 · FN MAG 60-40
8 mm  34/40M · Breda Mod. 38
13.2 mm  Breda Model 31
France 
7.5 mm  AAT-52 · MAC 31
7.62 mm  A-A-F1N
Sweden 
6.5 mm  ksp m/14-29
7.62 mm  ksp 39 C · ksp 58 · ksp 94
8 mm  ksp m/36 · ksp m/39B
12.7 mm  ksp 88