WATCH: Fallschirmjager FG42 Rifle


The German Fallschirmjäger FG42 rifle was a very impressive design, managing to meet a very strict set of performance criteria. The first production model in particular was exceptionally light and compact, while still offering semi and full-auto 8mm Mauser fire with surprisingly light recoil.

The gun went through a continuous evolution through its production, becoming heavier and less expensive to manufacture. The first major design was made from a milled billet of steel at great cost, and the second major model was done with a stamped steel receiver instead.

We had the opportunity to disassemble one of the second model FG42s, and put together a video showing how it operates.

You can read more on the development of the gun over on the FG-42 page in the Vault, where we also have a gallery of detailed photos here.

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Ian McCollum is a self-described professional gun nerd, passionate about firearm design, manufacture, history, and practical use. He is always looking for rare, experimental, and unusual firearms to learn about, and loves sharing that interest with others.

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