The Weapons They Carried: Top 16 WWII Infantry Weapons

 
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16. FG-42 Fallschirmjägergewehr 42

A German Fallschirmjäger poses with his early model FG 42 (Ausführung “C”) in France, 1944. – Photo Credit

The FG-42 was a selective fire battle rifle produced for Nazi Germany’s Paratroopers, FG stands for Fallschirmjägergewehr which means paratrooper rifle, it was developed in 1942.

It was considered one of the most advanced weapon designs of the second world war but it was used only in very limited numbers.

After the war, the basic design of the FG-42 was copied by and used in the development of new weapons, such as the American M30 Machine gun.