The FG-42 Mark II (Fallschirmjägergewehr-42) assault rifle was developed on the insistence of Field Marshal Herman Göring who commanded the German Luftwaffe. The German paratroop corps, called Fallschirmjägers in German, were part of the German Luftwaffe. Göring wanted an advanced assault rifle that would give his paratroopers an advantage in close combat.
Strict guidelines were issued for the development of this new assault rifle. The weapon had to be light enough to carry when parachuting and had to incorporate both semi automatic fire for sniping and automatic fire for close in combat. In addition, it had to use the standard rifle ammunition that was used in the German K-98 Rifle, the 7.92 X 57 mm Mauser round (otherwise known as 8mm Mauser)
The result of was an extraordinary weapon that became the FG-42. The FG-42 was an air-cooled, gas operated, shoulder fired assault rifle. This new assault rifle had a 20 round side-loaded box magazine and a fixed three-power sniper scope. It fired from the closed bolt position in sniper mode, and open bolt position in full auto mode.
The FG42 had a 20, or sometimes 10, round magazine that was mounted on the left side of the rifle. Though a side-mounted magazine was common in submachineguns, the larger magazine with heavier ammunition of a full-powered rifle tended to unbalance the weapon. In addition, muzzle rise with automatic fire was substantial and controllable bursts were difficult. This made full-automatic fire only marginally useful. The FG42 used a fairly sophisticated muzzle device that did help with recoil and muzzle flash, but blast and noise were much greater than other similar weapons.
Last edited by weissent; 08-23-2006 at 08:39 PM.
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While the pistol grip angle looks odd when you have the weapon shouldered it isnt. Particularly in the ****e.
Brothers in Arms allows you to field one as well. Both Iron sights and optics work well.
The weapon wasnt designed to be fired while in the harness. Typically Fallschirmjäger jumped sans weapons. Pistols? yes, others like K98, FG42, MP38.40 no although they did develop a bag for the MP38.40.