German MG 42- Deactivated
This is a deactivated German MG42. It was manufactured as a fully functioning firearm but has subsequently been deactivated and rendered beyond practical use. All of our deactivated firearms have been submitted to the London or Birmingham proof house for testing and certification to confirm the deactivation and that the firearms is no longer capable of discharging any projectile.
All of our deactivated firearms are available for hire for Film, TV and Theatrical performance.
Please refer to our standard terms and conditions of hire, or contact our office for further information.
The MG 42 (shortened from German: Maschinengewehr 42, or “machine gun 42”) is a 7.92×57mm Mauser general purpose machine gun designed in Nazi Germany and used extensively by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS during the second half of World War II. It was intended to replace the earlier MG 34, which was more expensive and took much longer to produce, but both weapons were produced until the end of the war.
Designed to be low-cost and easy to build, the MG 42 proved to be highly reliable and easy to operate. It is most notable for its very high cyclic rate for a gun using full power service cartridges, averaging about 1,200 rounds per minute compared to around 850 for the MG 34, and perhaps 450 to 600 for other common machine guns like the M1919 Browning or Bren. This ability made it extremely effective in providing suppressive fire, and its unique sound led to it being nicknamed “Hitler’s buzzsaw”.
The MG 42 was adopted by several armed organizations after the war, and was both copied and built under licence. The MG 42’s lineage continued past Nazi Germany’s defeat, forming the basis for the nearly identical MG1 (MG 42/59), chambered in 7.62×51mm NATO, which subsequently evolved into the MG1A3, and later the Bundeswehr‘s MG 3 and Italian MG 42/59. It also spawned the Yugoslav nearly identical Zastava M53.