Death from Above – The German FG42 Paratroop Rifle
Death from Above depicts and describes seven basic models of the FG42, from the earliest prototype (Type ‘A’) through the early production series (Type ‘E’) with its distinctive angled handgrip and intricately machined receiver, then the initial Rheinmetall redesign utilising a stamped receiver (Type ‘F’), followed by the ultimate if short-lived final series-production model, the Type ‘G’. Incredibly, virtually none of the Type ‘G’ components could interchange with their lookalike Type ‘F’ counterparts; including magazines.
The expanded 2007 Addendum challenges everything previously known or assumed about the timetable of FG42 development, solving some long-standing dilemmas but introducing even more new questions about these fascinating arms. It also includes a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of the serial numbers of every FG42 known to exist all over the world.
Author: Thomas B Dugelby and R Blake Stevens
Physical: Hardcover, size 290x210mm, portrait
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