The Fallschirmjägergewehr 42, or FG 42, was a German automatic rifle. It was designed and built for - as the name of the weapon say - the Fallschirmjägers, the German paratroopers. Fallschirmjägers got already speacial built equipment. Other uniforms, other helmets, other bayonet, variant of the K98k and now the FG 42. It combined the characteristics and firepower of a light machine gun in a lightweight form no larger than the standard-issue Kar 98k bolt-action rifle. Considered one of the most advanced weapon designs of World War II, the FG 42 influenced post-war small arms development and ultimately helped to shape the modern assault rifle concept. Designed by Loust Stange between 1941 and 1942, the FG 42 was put into production in 1943 and stops when the war was over in 1945.
This gas operating and air-cooled automatic rifle can fires 750 (Ausf G) or 900 (Ausf E) 7.92 x 57mm Mauser rounds per minute semi or automatic, and his magazine containing 10 or 20 cartridges (ingame 20). His effective range with iron sight was around 500 m, but with his ZFG42 or ZF4 telepathic scope (ingame ZF4) around 1000 m.
The FG 42 was made from steel and got a wooden butt and handle. The magazine was not under the weapon, but in the side of the weapon.
A disadvantage of the weapon is the use of the long rifle cartridges and not the shorter 7.92×33mm Kurz assault cartridges. When shooting, the recoil was so heavy that it was almost impossible to fire automatically. So under the barrel, on the end, a folding bipod was made to make it easier to shoot automatic.
But still, the weapon had a good reputation and even it hit nobody, the enemy sometimes surrender because the firepower and loudy strong noise this weapon made.