MG42 (7.92 mm)

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The 7.92 mm MG42 mounted on the Sd.Kfz.234/4.


The MG 42 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 MG 42 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
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
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

Usage in battles

The MG 42 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


  • High rate of fire


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


The MG 42 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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See also

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Tank machine guns
7.62 mm  M37 · M60D · M73 · M240 · M1919A4
12.7 mm  M2HB · M80 · M85
7.62 mm  MG3A1
7.92 mm  MG13 Dreyse · MG34 · MG37(t) · MG42
7.62 mm  DT · PKT · RP-46 · SGMT
12.7 mm  DK · DShK · NSVT
14.5 mm  KPVT
7.62 mm  Browning MG4 · L3A1 · L8A1 · L8A2 · L37A1 · L37A2 · L94A1
7.7 mm  Vickers
7.92 mm  BESA
12.7 mm  L21A1
6.5 mm  Type 91
7.62 mm  Type 74
7.7 mm  Type 97
12.7 mm  Type 60 (B)
7.62 mm  Type 86
12.7 mm  QJC88A
7.62 mm  Beretta MG42/59 · FN MAG 60-40
8 mm  Breda Mod. 38
7.5 mm  AAT-52 · MAC 31
7.62 mm  A-A-F1N
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