MG34 7.92mm general purpose machine gun


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01. Original name MG34 7.92mm general purpose machine gun  
14. Comments / Other information MG 34 7.92mm General Purpose Machine Gun (Germany) (WW2) (filmed with bipod and tripod mounted). Introduced in 1934, chambered for the 7.92x57mm round: operated by recoil of a quick change barrel: cyclic rate about 850rpm: uses a non-disintegrating metal belt connectible in 50-round sections; weight unloaded 27lb; integral bipod and also used a buffered tripod which has limited controlled traverse but incorporated an automatic fire distribution mechanism. Generally considered to be the first general purpose machine gun, although it is heavy for use in the light role, and the lightness of the barrels (4.4lb) and high cyclic rate limit its medium role sustained fire capacity. Nevertheless, it demonstrated that a belt fed light machine gun was a feasible and desirable proposition which eventually led to the international decline of the magazine fed light machine gun as a category. Not an easy gun to manufacture and reputedly over-sensitive to dust/sand its successor, the MG42 was designed to avoid these limitations.  
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