The MG42 is one of the happy accidents of the later years of the WW2. The design came about primarily as a resource and cost-reducing measures against the resource-intense, intricate and more expensive MG34. The happy coincidence is they came about a gun that not only did that, but set the tone for belt-fed weapons for decades. It's a roller-locked recoil action, meaning no gas systems. It's got Quick detach barrel that envies most, it's adaptable- capable of being fed and maintained by an assault team and light enough to be moved with the pack, and it's a versative defense weapon. The thing that really sets it apart from it's contempraries too, was the absolutely ferocious ROF -1200 RPM on the low end. It was an MG that needed thourough psyops innoculation to want to even attack. After WW2, with West Germany moving into the NATO fold, the MG42 was retooled for the standard service round- 7.62mm NATO, as the MG1. With some subsequent improvements to tame it somewhat, the end product of the family was the MG3. While the Bundeswehr have formally made the decision to adopt the HK MG5 and replace the MG3, it still sees wide use, and some end-of-life improvements prove that "Hitler's Buzzsaw" ain't no slouch, even in the modern era.
Ammo Notes - Provided by Spartan0536
schweres Spitzgeschoß, WWII German Army Standard spitzer ball projectile with a steel jacket and a soft lead core, capable of defeating light barriers in most urban environments, it was a well rounded bullet that proved to be very lethal to infantry out past 1000m.
Spitzgeschoß mit Kern verbesserte, this was the WWII German Army's default armor piercing high velocity spitzer bullet, featuring a steel jacket with a hardened steel core surrounded by soft lead, capable of penetrating up to 11mm of mild steel at 100 meters. While not entirely a real armor piercing round, it was well known to defeat most urban barriers with ease.
Spitzgeschoß mit Hartkern, this was the WWII German Army's most advanced 7.92x57mm armor piercing round, featuring a heavy spitzer bullet with a steel jacket and a tungsten carbide core making this round capable of penetrating up to 20mm of mild steel at 500 meters. There were numerous reports of lightly armored allied vehicles & tanks getting penetrated by MG34/MG42's using this ammunition when in close proximity.
Spitzgeschoß mit Kern Leuchtspur-v (Day Tracer), to be used in a MIXED belt
Spitzgeschoß mit Kern Glimmspur-v (Night Tracer), to be used in a MIXED belt
To install the NIArms MG3 GPMGs you should use modfolders to keep it seperate from the official game content to prevent issues.
With Arma 3 you can use different ways to set up your modfolders to use custom content you have downloaded.
Please visit the Arma 3 Mod install instructions page
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For usage instructions and information of how to use the NIArms MG42s/MG42 MMGs please refer to the included documentation and/or example mission.
The source files are also available: NIArms MG3/42 Source files
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- Implemented XML Stringtables
- Japanese Language String Translation (Credit: ClassicArma)
- French Language String Translation (Credit: StalkerSoC)
- Implemented MagzineWells, Compatible with JAM
- Implemented Charms
- Added magswitch Support for longer belts
- DM1 and Gurt34 Belts now correctly identified with ACE- can be linked
- Soundshader Volume Relevelling
- Weapons use new Muzzleflashes.
- Weapon inventory icons now use New system
- all mass values recalculated to unified standard.
- Soundshader/Soundset changes:
+ Occlusion and Obstruction issues fixed (Gunshots no longer occluded by an A4 sheet held to face)
+ Midrange Gunshots tweaked
+ Tail volumes improved
+ Minor sound volume tweaks across the board
- General AI Behaviour improvements.
Fixed: Error relating to out-of-scope UGL_F
- Updated ballistic data - 7.92x57mm Mauser
- ROF on MG3s increased from 1000 to 1050 RPM (MG42s unchanged)
- Weights corrected and adjusted on magazines
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