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Description

The MG42 is the latest light machine gun of the German Army. With its very high rate of fire it is feared by infantry facing it. The high rate of fire also makes it hard to control, which is why it is mainly used from the prone position.
― Heroes & Generals

History

The Maschinengewehr 42 (or MG42) is a recoil-operated air-cooled general purpose machine gun, designed and manufactured by Mauser. Chambered in 7.92x57mm Mauser, the MG42 hosts a greater rate of fire over its predecessor, the MG34. The MG42 was significantly cheaper and much more reliable than its previous iteration, less prone to jamming, and more resistant to heat. The MG42 was capable of firing more sustained bursts of fire before barrel changes, and the rotating-bolt action was replaced with a roller-lock mechanism to make dust less likely to cause a weapon malfunction. The weapon was also half a kilogram lighter than the MG34 when unloaded.

The MG42 remained as the standard issue infantry machine gun for the remainder of World War II, and its reliable legacy carries over into today's German army Rheinmetall MG3 GPMG.

The Allied soldiers nicknamed it Hitler's Buzzsaw due to its high rate of fire.

Gameplay

Probably the strongest defensive weapon in the game, the MG42 combines extremely high rate of fire with good damage and can deal with big groups of enemies in a very short time. It isn't well-suited for close quarters because of its length and also isn't very accurate. Burst fire is advised at longer ranges due to very high recoil and the gun swaying side to side from long periods of automatic fire. (NOTE: You can fire the MG42 now while moving, however it is extremely inaccurate and isn't recommended).

This weapon is comparable to that of the MG34, just with an upgraded rate of fire (ROF). However, it's still worth buying, especially due to much better accuracy and sights.


Tips

  • You can walk or crouch to hipfire while moving. Very useful when approaching corners or inside buildings.
  • Your accuracy increases substantially if you crouch or go prone.
  • Always fire from cover, and be mindful of enemy positions. Your gunfire and tracers make you a prime target for snipers.
  • Coordinate with teammates! This machine gun shines on the battlefield when supported by friendly units.
  • This weapon functions better in defensive roles or as fire support for offensive units.
  • Use suppression, or covering fire. Spraying at enemies in defensive positions will force them into hiding, allowing your allies to move up.
  • It is advisable to carry anti-personnel mines or frag grenades to help defend your position.
  • Using the bipod will help further decrease recoil and increase accuracy (be mindful when using the bipod in grass since the grass will probably block your view)
  • If you feel like the MG42 is uncontrollable try using the Tight Grip badge, if still uncontrollable try to pull the mouse down more as you shoot or increase your mouse sensitivity

Camouflage

Factory Beech Dark Walnut Anodized Black
Price (Credits) 3,400 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 16,000 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 116,000 HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
Price (Gold) 20 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png 95 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png 695 HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
WPN 5 s.png
WPN 6 165 s.png
WPN 6 164 s.png
WPN 31 161 s.png
WPN 61.png
WPN 61 94.png
WPN 61 95.png
WPN 61 96.png

Ammunition

S.m.E. 7.92 ball AMMUNITION
WA 23.png
COST 340HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 4HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
COST PER SHOT 0.17HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
FIELD MAINTENANCE LOAD 0:00s
DAMAGE
RANGE
PRECISION
STABILITY
RATE OF FIRE
s.S. Patrone AMMUNITION
WA 24.png
COST 1,500HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 17HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
COST PER SHOT 1.5HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
FIELD MAINTENANCE LOAD 0:01s
DAMAGE
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RANGE
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PRECISION
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STABILITY
MWS.png
RATE OF FIRE
Anschusspatrone s.S. AMMUNITION
WA 26.png
COST 3,200HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 38HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
COST PER SHOT 6.4HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
FIELD MAINTENANCE LOAD 0:15s
DAMAGE
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RANGE
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PRECISION
MWA.png
STABILITY
MWS.png
RATE OF FIRE
S.m.K.Hart AMMUNITION
WA 51.png
COST 2,300HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png 27HnGCurrencySymbol gold.png
COST PER SHOT 2.3HnGCurrencySymbol credits.png
FIELD MAINTENANCE LOAD 0:10s
DAMAGE
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RANGE
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PRECISION
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STABILITY
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RATE OF FIRE

Specialist Ribbon

Weapon Required: Maschinengewehr 42
SP MG42.png Maschinengewehr 42 Specialist
Using the MG 42 light machinegun in battle will earn you points on this ribbon. More points are awarded for hitting or killing enemy soldiers. The highest award is given for headshots.
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Icon-GR-Symbol.png German Unlocks
Dark Walnut
s.S. Patrone
Field Trigger Job
Stainless Steel Barrel
Heavy Bolt
Anodized Black
Anschusspatrone s.S.
Heavy Spring
Chrome Lined Barrel
Field Adjusted Sights
Lightened Spring
S.m.K. Hart

Weapon Required: Maschinengewehr 42
SP MG42.png Maschinengewehr 42 Specialist
Using the MG 42 light machinegun in battle will earn you points on this ribbon. More points are awarded for hitting or killing enemy soldiers. The highest award is given for headshots.
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Captured Unlocks
S.S. Patrone
Field Trigger Job
Stainless Steel Barrel
Heavy Bolt
Anschusspatrone s.S.
Heavy Spring
Chrome Lined Barrel
Maschinengewehr 42
Field Adjusted Sights
Lightened Spring
S.m.K. Hart

Modifications[]

Default s.S.Patrone Anschusspatrone s.S. S.m.K.Hart Field Adjusted Sights Field Trigger Job Heavy Bolt Heavy Spring Lightened Spring Stainless Steel Barrel Chrome Lined Barrel
Image WA 24.png WA 26.png WA 51.png WM PS 5.png WM T 5.png WM I 1.png WM I 4.png WM I 5.png WM B 2.png WM B 2.png
Cost per shot 0.17Credits (Ammo) 1.5Credits 6.4Credits 2.3Credits 0.72182Credits 0.9843Credits 0.72182Credits 0.63597Credits 1.18116Credits 0.30108Credits 0.45276Credits
Field Maintenance Load 0:45s (Weapon) 0:01s 0:15s 0:10s 0:03s 0:03s 0:02s 0:02s 0:02s 0:02s 0:03s
Damage Near 29 31 33 34 30 30
Damage Far 25 26 28 23
Near Range 45.44 55.38 75.26 36.21 49.98 41.8 49.98
Far Range 448 478.8 546 350 492.8 380.8 492.8
Velocity 749.76 749.76 749.76 749.76
Conefire 0.25 0.275 0.2 0.3
Sway Stand Mode 4 3.6 3.6
Sway Crouch Mode 1.7 1.53 1.53
Sway Prone Mode 0.4 0.36 0.36
Sway Aim Modifier 0.35 0.315 0.315
Cone Contraction Per Sec 0.9 0.99 0.99
Camera Recoil Up 2.07 3.105 3.105 4.14 2.2149 2.277 1.863
Camera Recoil Right 0.45 0.675 0.675 0.9 0.4815 0.495 0.405
Camera Recoil Variance 0.4 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.428 0.44 0.36
Rate of Fire 1000 1075.27 909.09 909.09 1075.27


Cost Per Shot 2.55946 Credits
Field Maintenance Load 0:50s
Damage Near 29
Damage Far 25
Near Range 41.8m
Far Range 380.8m
Velocity 749.76m/s
Conefire 0.25°
Camera Recoil Up 2.2149
Camera Recoil Right 0.4815
Camera Recoil Variance 0.428
Rate of Fire 1156.2RPM
Storm of Bullets
Part Modification
Ammunition None
Trigger Field Trigger Job
Barrel None
Internal Lightened Spring
Sight None
Other Equipment None
Recommended Badge Tight Grip Gold
Description
This build mods the Maschinengewehr 42 for RoF, instead of damage.

Comments:

  • Ammunition can be added to increase damage.
  • A barrel can be added to increase damage.

Pros:

  • Ludicrously High Rate of Fire

Cons:

  • Very Expensive to Maintain
  • Hard to control recoil
Cost Per Shot 5.14222 Credits
Field Maintenance Load 1:03s
Damage Near 36
Damage Far 23
Near Range 36.64m
Far Range 327.25m
Velocity 749.76m/s
Conefire 0.3°
Camera Recoil Up 4.4298
Camera Recoil Right 0.963
Camera Recoil Variance 0.856
Rate of Fire 1156.2RPM
The Bullsh*t Build
Part Modification
Ammunition S.m.K. Hart
Trigger Field Trigger Job
Barrel Chrome Lined Barrel
Internal Lightened Spring
Sight None
Other Equipment None
Recommended Badge Pointer Quick Fire Gold or Tight Grip Gold
Description
No Description Provided


Cost Per Shot 9.24222 Credits
Field Maintenance Load 1:08s
Damage Near 35
Damage Far 28
Near Range 76.16m
Far Range 510.51m
Velocity 749.76m/s
Conefire 0.2°
Camera Recoil Up 3.32235
Camera Recoil Right 0.72225
Camera Recoil Variance 0.642
Rate of Fire 1156.2RPM
The Bullsh*t Build (Alternative)
Part Modification
Ammunition Anschusspatrone s.S.
Trigger Field Trigger Job
Barrel Chrome Lined Barrel
Internal Lightened Spring
Sight None
Other Equipment None
Recommended Badge Pointer Quick Fire Gold or Tight Grip Gold
Description
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an absolutely unstoppable CQB death machine?

Have you also ever thought about how it feels to lose control of your weapon while shooting?

Now you can know both with this revolutiona- sorry, I mean, batsh*t insane build.

Comments:

  • Be careful to now bump your weapon against a wall due to its high length, as this will put the weapon out of action for a few moments, and that is a terrible thing to have happen to you in CQB.
  • This is a joke build. It should not be attempted to be used in a competitive match or on large maps. Basically, use this on Skirmish to have fun, I suppose. If that is even possible with this build.

Pros:

  • Ludicrously High Rate of Fire
  • 3-hit kill agains Heavy Set Gold

Cons:

  • Ultra Expensive to Maintain
  • IMPOSSIBLE to control recoil.
Cost Per Shot 1.75179 Credits
Field Maintenance Load 0:50s
Damage Near 29
Damage Far 25
Near Range 45.44m
Far Range 448m
Velocity 749.76m/s
Conefire 0.25°
Camera Recoil Up 1.863
Camera Recoil Right 0.405
Camera Recoil Variance 0.36
Rate of Fire 909.09RPM
Ranged Sprayer MG42
Part Modification
Ammunition None
Trigger None
Barrel None
Internal Heavy Spring
Sight Field Adjusted Sight (Optional)
Other Equipment None
Recommended Badge Heavy Set Gold or Tight Grip Gold
Description
This build mods the Maschinengewehr 42 to be able to be more accurate with automatic fire or in long or short bursts, depending on range.

Comments:

  • Ammunition can be added to increase damage.
  • A barrel can be added to increase damage.

Pros:

  • Relatively controllable recoil, especially when prone or crouched.
  • Very cheap to maintain


Cost Per Shot 1.56858 Credits
Field Maintenance Load 0:51s
Damage Near 30
Damage Far 25
Near Range 49.98m
Far Range 492.8m
Velocity 749.76m/s
Conefire 0.25°
Camera Recoil Up 2.07
Camera Recoil Right 0.45
Camera Recoil Variance 0.4
Rate of Fire 1000RPM
Ranged Sprayer MG42 ver 2.0
Part Modification
Ammunition None
Trigger None
Barrel Chrome Lined Barrel or Stainless Steel Barrel
Internal None
Sight Field Adjusted Sight
Other Equipment None
Recommended Badge Heavy Set + Tight Grip, or Dead Eye gold
Description
This upgraded version of the build provides a more accurate and precision without sacrificing its signature RoF, which is crucial to fight against enemy at effective range.

Comments:

  • With this build, you can choose the barrel which suits you (stats shown are for Chrome Lined Barrel).
  • This build doesn't lower the RoF, as you have already used tight grip or dead eye badge which still capable to eliminate enemies with short TTK while improved your range and accuracy.

Pros:

  • Very cheap Repair Cost over the original one
  • Improved range and accuracy which very useful for suppressing fire


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