MG42 vs. MG3

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MG42 vs. MG3

Postby The Glock » Fri Jan 21, 2005 3:44 am

What are the differences between the MG42 and the modern MG3?
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Postby Tom Houlihan » Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:42 am

Basically, 7.92 versus 7.62 NATO. I got to fire an MG3 once. It was fun! Heavier than our M60E3, but given the choice, I'd take the MG3 in combat.
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Postby The Glock » Sat Jan 22, 2005 8:43 am

so mechanically, its the same weapon?
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Postby MD650 » Sat Jan 22, 2005 9:14 am

The Glock wrote:so mechanically, its the same weapon?


Yes it is.
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Postby SvenW » Sat Jan 22, 2005 10:30 am

Generally - yes.

The Bundeswehr MG3 and his short story:

MG1 - postwar produced MG42, called MG42/59, with changes at the breech for a slower rate of fire and in 7,62x51 NATO, later renamed to MG1
MG1 A1 / A2 - prototypes
MG1 A3 - new recoil intensifier
MG1 A4 / A5 - coaxially tank MGs
MG2 - wartime produced MG42, converted to NATO-caliber...
MG3 - some major improvements, like four new barrels with different profiles and coatings, option to use the M60-belt and many minor improvements.
MG3 A1 - coaxially tank MG

From 1968 on, all MG1/MG2 were converted to MG3 standard.

MG MRH 3 A3 - wartime produced MG42 (without AA-sight), converted to 7,62x62 NATO by Manurhin. Only used by the West-Berlin Police. :D

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Postby Mobile Infantry » Mon Jan 24, 2005 3:44 am

The MG42 could fire with a rate of about 25 rounds per second (1500 per minute).

The MG3 fires 20 rounds per seconds, but this is still enough firepower for a squad. :wink:
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Postby Paul_9686 » Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:19 pm

I presume I'm correct in thinking that the MG42 and MG3 also use virtually the same tripod in the medium machine gun role?

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