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MG42 firing rate
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Author:  askhati [ Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:31 pm ]
Post subject:  MG42 firing rate

In a recent discussion with a fellow WW2 / German enthusiast, the topic of MG firing rates came up, and the figure of 26-30 RPS (rounds per second) was mentioned for the MG42. This took me quite aback, as I always had the figure of 1,200 RPM / 20 RPS in mind. Does anyone have info on these "faster" MG42's variants? The topic has really piqued my interest now!

Author:  shultz wuffenbach [ Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:19 pm ]
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Have read somewhere that with a different spring and bolt mechanism then they would fire at 1500 rounds per minute
usually in twin or quad anti aircraft mounts.....
totally devastating as that is a lot of lead in a second..........................

Author:  ssparatrooper [ Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:10 am ]
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The MG42 can with the addition of a special recoil intensifier indeed fire up to 1500 rpm it looks like a muzzle break from a tank! but i have never seen a photo of it actually in use the only reference i know of is in the MG34/42 collector grade book

also there is a plunger inside the bolt that comes in different versions that will effect the rate of fire as this is how the MG3 is slowed down

Author:  pepperpot [ Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:20 pm ]
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one of the re enactors from Deutschland I know was a feldwebel in the German tank core. His modified mg42 to the NATO version fired rounds up to 1500 RPM and also discharged over 250,000+ rounds. the mg still had all is waffenampt stamps on it.

Author:  askhati [ Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:17 am ]
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So... not really much evidence of the ground-used models going over 20 RPS? I would love to see that 1,500 RPM muzzle booster, btw - please share a pic if you can!

Author:  ssparatrooper [ Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:42 pm ]
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there is a picture of it on this page, right click the page and translate it

Author:  askhati [ Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:57 am ]
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That is one ugly-ass muzzle break...

Author:  pepperpot [ Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:59 am ]
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and this

do a google search, most info is correct but NOT all

Author:  askhati [ Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:52 am ]
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Wikipedia was where I went to check that my initial recollection of 20 RPS had been correct. All my reference books also back that up - hence the initial puzzlement over these rates of 25+ RPS. Will keep digging.

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