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  1. “Want One”

    Only one? Slowing down in our dotage, are we? The Kim I know wouldn’t settle for less than half a dozen…..

    (If you can afford the required spare barrels, you can afford the ammo.)

  2. Wasn’t there a Marine general who, upon being shown a new model flamethrower, asked where the bayonet mount was? Besides, you can mount a bayonet on ANY weapon if you have duct tape.

  3. Speaking of machine guns, my dad was the best in his unit on the BAR once upon a time. Sufficiently good that they overlooked his left-handedness & didn’t bust him for his helmet getting dinged up from the odd shell casing that would routinely bounce off his dome.

  4. If you have an M-16 lower, they used to make an XMG upper for it, which is a belt-fed MG-34-based upper (shooting .308) that could mated to the M-16 lower.

  5. I was at a late-summer blog-shoot in NH some years ago … when one of the attendees brought out his fully transferrable MG-34. Among the demonstrations was the owner ripping off a 100-round belt of 7.92 fodder … while not the raw speed of the ’42, the ’34 was none the less most impressive.
    Those readers who remember JayG will know of what I speak.

  6. When I was stationed in West Germany, my company had a sister unit in the Bundeswehr and we were invited to go to the range with them. We got to shoot the Walther P-38 and the MG-3. I earned myself a Class 3 (Gold ) Schützenschnur. After my first burst, being intimately familiar with our own M-60, my first thought was “We won the war. Why didn’t we just bring all of these home?”.

    Things have progressed somewhat since then–

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc2UWHEDlG8

  7. I would love to have an MG-42, just not for home defense. I think that the Germans went the wrong way with the high cyclical rate. Missing faster isn’t an improvement. I would rather have a nice M-60 or a well treated Vickers doing around 600 rpm than the 1200 rpm bier farter.

    1. Remember, the mission of an MG with the Infantry is not always to maximize hits. It’s to make the other side keep their heads down while the rest of your fire team maneuvers to get the drop on the OPFOR. Something that the MG-42’s high cyclical rate excelled at.

    2. It’s more about cone of fire/beaten zone. Proper machine gun work is more “to who it may concern in this area”.

      I put a few rnds downrange with the SAW, and it’s an art to be really good.

  8. ” I think that the Germans went the wrong way with the high cyclical rate.”

    Not necessarily. They fucked up on two primary things: muzzle brakes and training. And, maybe, (slightly) better barrel cooling.

    Forget anything and everything you see from Hollywood, as good as the 42 is there’s still muzzle rise; a multi-chamber vertical outlet brake instead of the “mini-funnel flash hider doo-dad” would have worked wonders (if you ever get a chance to shoot an Unlimited IPSC gun or a gauge with a Vang Comp barrel you’ll understand within 2 rounds. Probably just 1 for the Vang.).

    That, and lots more training for keeping the bursts short, would have made the thing unstoppable (cooling fins on the barrel would have helped, but only very slightly, maybe another 100 rounds between swaps. But even then only maybe and certainly only slightly. Now, if they had made it in 6 or 6.5 which would have permitted smaller cases and less powder….but, no, they had to do 8X57 because that was the default setting (logistics, again….) and Life Always Begins At 800 Meters Regardless of Terrain, doncha kno… check the factory sights on a K98 if you don’t believe me, they start at 300….)

  9. If you’re manning an MG42, and your opponent has advanced to within bayonet range, you’ve got more problems than a bayonet can solve.

  10. I dunno about home defense unless your home is being overrun by Antifa assholes.
    If your neighbor across the street has one, too, you can set up one Hell of a field of fire.

  11. I prefer belt fed. With belt fed I like a slow cyclic rate of 325 to 375 rounds per minute. I really like the MK-19.

    1. The first time I ran a MK19, I nearly passed out from the instant freedom boner. And then a bald Eagle flew past, and there may have been patriotic fireworks, the 1812 overature and a single manly tear.

      It is my very favorite gun.

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