MG42 firing rate

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MG42 firing rate

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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!
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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..........................

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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

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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.
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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!
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http://www.firearmsworld.net/german/mg/mg42/mg42.htm

there is a picture of it on this page, right click the page and translate it

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Image

That is one ugly-ass muzzle break...
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and this
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MG_42

do a google search, most info is correct but NOT all
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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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I owned an MG-42 for six years, an original in 8mm Mauser. With hot ammo it ran at 21 rounds per second. It ran a little slower with 1970's Romanian 8mm ammo.
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DARIVS ARCHITECTVS wrote:I owned an MG-42 for six years, an original in 8mm Mauser. With hot ammo it ran at 21 rounds per second. It ran a little slower with 1970's Romanian 8mm ammo.

I do hope you didn't sell it !! :?: :o
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A German machine gunner who had served at Normandy
claims to have inflicted at least 2000 casualties using an MG-42 on
Omaha beaches, his knickname was "The beast of Omaha"

According to his memoir's he fired over 13500 rds until 15.30hrs,
it didn't say what time he started but apparantly wasn't very long
but reckons during that time he inflicted at least 2000 US casualties
using the 42.

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