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FG 42/I

FG 42/I - 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
FG 42/I with ZFG 42 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser

The FG 42 (German: Fallschirmjägergewehr 42, "paratrooper rifle 42") its a automatic rifle was produced in limited numbers for the German Luftwaffe's Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper) units during the Second World War. The slim in-line design, coupled with the side mounted 20 round magazine made it one of the more distinctive designs of its era. Early models had a sharply angled pistol grip (the idea of which was to allow paratroopers to fire while descending, though it is unclear how successful this was in practice) and plastic furniture, while later models had a standard grip and wooden furniture. In addition the weapon could also be fitted with a ZF4 or ZFG42 scope. Both versions also featured an integral bipod and bayonet, the bayonet permanently mounted and deployed in a manner similar to that on the French MAS-36.

The FG 42 was intended to be a universal weapon, merging the capabilities of a submachine gun, machine gun and precision rifle; designers complained they were being asked to make an "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau" (a egg-laying woolly dairy pig) and the Heer refused to participate in the program, stating that a gun meeting the Luftwaffe's requirements could only be found in utopia. In practice, the light weight of the FG 42 coupled to use of a full-sized rifle round and offset magazine made fully-automatic fire extremely hard to manage and could severely damage the lightweight operating mechanism, and practical use was largely restricted to semi-auto. Captured FG 42s were studied after the war by the US military, with one called T44 converted to belt feed using a side-mounted MG42 feed cover and used to gather data which would ultimately be used to design the M60 Machine Gun.

Semi-auto only copies are produced by HZA Kulmbach GmbH, known as BD-42/I (a copy of the early model) and BD-42/II (late model).

  • FG 42/I - It is characterized by a metal butt and a curved pistol grip.

-Type E - First serial production - 50 units
-Type F - Second serial production - 2000 units

  • FG 42/II - It is characterized by a wooden butt and a simple pistol grip.

-Type G - Third serial production - 5000 units

In both models, the bipod was standard equipment. In the FG 42 / I it was folded to the front of the weapon, in the FG 42 / II it was folded to the rear.

Specifications

(Production: 1941-1942)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
  • Weight: 9.1 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 37 in (94 cm)
  • Barrel length: 19.8 in (50.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 10,20-round box magazine
  • Rate of fire: 900 rpm

The FG 42/I and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Film

Title Actor Character Notes Date
The Eagle Has Landed German Fallschirmjäger 1976
Memorial Day German soldier 2011

Anime

Title Character Notes Date
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade Kerberos members 1998

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Battlefield: 1942 FG 42/I Added with "Secret Weapons of WWII" expansion pack 2002
BloodRayne "Blitzgewehr 32" FG 42/I Incorrect magazine placement 2002
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin FG 42/I 2003
Call of Duty 3 FG 42/I 2006
FG 42/I with ZFG42 scope
Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 FG 42/I With deployable bipod 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms "FG42" FG 42/I 2007
Call of Duty: Roads to Victory FG 42/I 2007
Call of Duty: World at War FG 42/I 2008
FG 42/I with ZFG42 scope
Men of War 2009
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2010
Company of Heroes 2 With ZF4 scope 2013
Heroes & Generals "Fallschirmjägergewehr 42" FG 42/I 2016
FG 42/I with ZFG42 scope
Sniper Elite 4 "FG 42" FG 42/I Iron sights only 2017
Day of Infamy "FG 42" FG 42/I 2017
FG 42/I with ZFG42 scope
Enlisted "FG 42" FG 42/I 2021
"FG 42 with grenade launcher" FG 42/I With Schiessbecher grenade launcher


FG 42/II

FG 42/II - 7.92x57mm Mauser
FG 42/II with ZF4 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Specifications

(Production: 1942-1945)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
  • Weight: 11 lbs (5 kg)
  • Length: 38.4 in (97.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 19.7 in (50 cm)
  • Capacity: 10,20-round box magazine
  • Rate of fire: 680 rpm

The FG 42/II and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Anime

Title Character Notes Date
Najica Blitz Tactics . 2001

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Return to Castle Wolfenstein "FG42 Paratroop Rifle" FG 42/II with ZF4 scope 2001
Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory FG 42/II with ZF4 scope 2003
Call of Duty FG 42/II with ZF4 scope 2003
Day of Defeat Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 FG 42/II 2003
FG 42/II with ZF4 scope
Forgotten Hope FG 42/II 2003
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood FG 42/II 2005
FG 42/II with ZF4 scope
Civilization IV FG 42/II with ZF4 scope 2005
ÜberSoldier FG 42/II 2006
Company of Heroes "FG42 Assault Rifle" Used by the "Fallschirmjäger Squad", added with Opposing Fronts (2007) 2006
Forgotten Hope 2 FG 42/II 2007
FG 42/II with ZF4 scope
Combat Arms FG 42/II 2008
Karma Online "FG42" 2011
World War II Online: Battleground Europe 2012
Enemy Front FG42 FG 42/II 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly FG 42 FG 42/II scope and bayonet 2014
Star Wars Battlefront II Valken-38X FG 42/II FG 42/MG 42 hybrid 2017
Call of Duty: WWII FG 42/II 2017
FG 42/II with ZF4 scope
Squad 44: Letters From The Front FG 42/II introduced in Day of Days update 2018
Battlefield V FG 42/II 2018
FG 42/II with ZF4 scope
Enlisted "FG 42 II" FG 42/II 2021
"FG 42 II" FG 42/II with ZF4 scope
Call to Arms - Gates of Hell: Ostfront 2021


Krieghoff Paratrooper Rifle

Krieghoff Paratrooper Rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser.
Krieghoff Paratrooper Rifle - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Model with a folding stock.

The Krieghoff Paratrooper Rifle (German: Krieghoff Fallschirmjägergewehr or Krieghoff FG) was a German prototype automatic rifle. The rifle took part in the competition for the basic weapon for paratroopers together with the Rheinmetall Paratrooper Rifle and the Knorr-Bremse Paratrooper Rifle. The Rheinmetall Paratrooper Rifle eventually won and became the primary weapon.

Specifications

(Production: 1940-1942 / prototype only)

  • Type: Battle Rifle
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser‎
  • Weight: ??
  • Length: ??
  • Barrel length: ??
  • Capacity: 20-round box magazine
  • Rate of fire: ??

The Krieghoff Paratrooper Rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Enlisted "Krieghoff FG" Standard model 2021

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