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MG-42 caliber

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by brian71mm, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. brian71mm

    brian71mm Member

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    I just bought an MG-42 for 5 grand from a friend of mine just before he moved to chicago. What I want to know is if the 7.92 cartridge is 8mm. If anyone can help I would be ver gratefull. Thanks.
     
  2. carterbeauford

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    7.92x57MM = 8MM Mauser. Get some pics of that bad boy!
     
  3. Pilgrim

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    Lucky you.

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  4. Exposure

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    Do you mean a full auto MG42?

    The MG42 is orginally chambered in 8MM Mauser to answer your question.

    If it is a registered gun and you want to make a decent profit on your five grand investment then please PM me right away.

    I'm not joking. I have cash in hand.
     
  5. hank327

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    You got a genuine full auto WWII MG-42 General Purpose Machine Gun for only $5,000.00? :what: Dude, you need to run out and buy some lotto tickets right now! With that kind of luck, your sure to hit the Mega-Million jackpot! :)

    Why don't neat things like that ever happen to me? :confused:
     
  6. cbsbyte

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    This must not be a legaly registerd full auto MG-42 since it would cost over $25,000. So I am guessing it is a semi auto MG-42, either way it would use 7.92x57mm.
     
  7. MSGT9410

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    Or it's on a semi-auto receiver...
     
  8. rkba_net

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    Of course this could also be a pre or post 86 dealer sample...
     
  9. goldshlagerxx

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    "This must not be a legaly registerd full auto MG-42 since it would cost over $25,000. So I am guessing it is a semi auto MG-42, either way it would use 7.92x57mm."

    Not necessarily, he did state that the seller was a "friend" of his. For example, I could sell you my m11/9 for $1. If we are in the same state it's simply the matter of filing a form 4 ($200). If you're out of state, it's going to be $400. (form 4 - 3 - 3 -4). BTW, If you can find an mg-42 that is not a presample for $25k I'll buy it on the spot, sight unseen

    "Of course this could also be a pre or post 86 dealer sample..."

    It would be very embarrassing if a SOT didn't know the caliber of a mg-42. Even more so if it was a post sample - which doesn't make sense considering the vintage of the firearm.
     
  10. Ian

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    Sometime you just find great deals. My dad got his (legal, papered) Type 99 Nambu light machinegun for a whopping $400 a few years ago.
     
  11. Jim K

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    Some folks just have not kept up with the skyrocketing prices on auto weapons. Ten years ago, $5000 would probably have been reasonable.

    FWIW, an MG.42 is not a good choice for long term shooting fun unless you can count on spare parts and expert support. They use a lot of stamped parts and were more or less a "shoot the hell out of it and junk it" gun. The MG.34 or M1919 is a better bet for long life and durability.

    Jim
     
  12. JesseL

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    Probably one of these?

    I also notice J&G has these parts kits for sale. Not sure how much commonality actually exists between the Yugo M-53 and the MG-42
     
  13. TexasRifleman

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    What I find most interesting is that someone would spend 5 grand on a firearm and not even know what kind of ammo it uses. :rolleyes: \

    Why am I not believing this......
     
  14. AZ Jeff

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    Amen. Someone with $5K available to buy a collectable Title II weapon would normally have done the research to know the standard caliber(s) for that weapon.
     
  15. byf43

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    A buddy of mine got a SEMI auto MG-42 (and a MG-34) from these folks.

    http://brpguns.com/mg42semi.htm



    They are in 8mm Mauser and also available in .308 Win!!!!!!!!!!


    EDIT: I just watched some of the videos on the site listed here. That's at MY range!!!!!
    The video of shooting at 200 yds from a benchrest is my shooting buddy.
     
  16. hagar

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    If one of you offered me a registered full auto Nambu for $400, I'd buy it in a heartbeat sight unseen, and I have no idea what cartridge it shoots! Maybe 7.7 Japanese, whatever that is?

    Some of the MG42's might have been rechambered to 30/06 or 7.62, so check with a gunsmith.
     
  17. Mtdew

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    spare parts are cheap (currently) since the M53 parts are (for the most part) a direct copy. also J&G is $100 higher than everyone else on their kits

    AFAIK no mg42's were ever converted to '06.. except for one done my the U.S. military in late WWII or early post war.. and never worked since they apparently forgot to account for the difference in OAL of the cartridges.

    it's also easy to swap between 308 and 8mm. Just replace the barrel, top cover, feed tray and booster
     
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    I might. Just depends on the people involved. An older gentleman (who collects various military items but is not a gun nut) offers it to a good friend (who also collects various military items) for the price he paid for it a few years back since he can't take it with him (since I don't think Chicago allows FA anything) doesn't sound too odd.

    Not everyone has the internet and knows what stuff is going for these days, and even if they did, they might not care if its between friends.
     
  19. Mtdew

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    I belive he knows the MG is 8mm but was unsure if 7.92 X 57 was the same as "8x57"
     
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    I'f it is full auto, you could get into HUGE trouble with the government if they find out and you don't have a license.
     
  21. Mtdew

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    Ugh.... there is NO license needed or availible to own MG's (unless you are a dealer, manufacturer or C&R collector)

    if you can own a pistol (and live in a NFA friendly state) then all you basically need is to pay $200 and wait for the for the ATF to approve the form 4 and get your stamp (and yes it's really just a big $200 stamp)
     
  22. Hoppy590

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    dont jump the gun and make claims that there are no machine gun licenses. while it is true there are no FEDERAL licenses, there are states that do require them.
     
  23. pipboy

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    mg 42 was traditionally 8mm
     
  24. Simonovfan

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    The MG42 was/is a very durable weapon and actually far surpassed the more complicated MG34 in terms of reliability. It is in fact still used by Germany as the MG3 in a relatively unchanged form except for some modernization. It doesn't require anymore maintenance or parts than an M249 or M60 in our arsenal. And it's still considered to be the fastest firing single barrelled machine gun ever created.
     
  25. J_Dillinger

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    100% compatibility.........the M53 are made from the same dies & tooling from what I gather.
     
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