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    MG3= MG42
    It is only renamed, but still in use in the following modern armies: (WG-) Bundeswehr, (Austrian-) Bundesheer, Swiss Army, Italian and Spanish Army.
    Manufacturer Mauser Werke AG, Wilhelm-Gustloff-Stiftung, Steyr-Daimler-Puch,

    Großfuß AG, MAGET (Maschinenbau und Gerätebau GmbH, Berlin-Tegel)
    Produced 1942–
    Number built Approx. 750,000
    Variants MG 45/MG 42V, MG 1, MG 2, Rheinmetall MG 3, M53, MG 74

    The MG 42, with small modifications, resulted in the Beretta MG 42/59 and Rheinmetall MG 3, which is the primary general purpose machine gun of the modern German army (Bundeswehr). A number of other armies around the world have adopted versions of the original, especially the MG3, and it remains in widespread service today. Its belt-feed mechanism was copied and used in the design of the M60 machine gun. The T161 beat the FG 42-derived T52 during tests in the 1950s to become the M60. The T161 used a different gas system and was easier to make than the T52, but they both used a similar belt-feed and basic configuration. The trigger mechanism of the FN MAG or MAG-58 is a virtual copy of the MG 42's and the MAG-58's belt-feed is also very similar.

    * Rate of fire: Variable, from 900 rounds/min to 1,500 round/min or more depending on installed bolt weight (different weight bolt components introduced to regulate rate of fire, lighter assemblies providing faster rates of fire). Throat erosion and component wear also introduced significant variation. Up to 1,800 round/min on the MG 45 or without "recoil booster" (Rückstoßverstärker).
    * Parts changes:
    o Barrel: 3 to 7 seconds[citation needed]
    o Barrel and lock: 25 to 30 seconds[citation needed]

    [edit] MG 74

    The final variant to date is the MG 74, developed by Austria and since 1974 it is the standard machine gun of the Austrian Armed Forces.

    After its founding in 1955, the Austrian army was equipped with old guns temporarily out of U.S. stocks. Starting in 1959 these Browning M1919 were largely replaced by the MG 42 with modified barrel and bolt for the new 7.62mm NATO caliber. But to introduce a modern weapon of its own production the Office of Defence Technology, in cooperation with Steyr Mannlicher and Beretta developed a gun specifically for the Austrian Army. The German MG 42/59 that was introduced in 1959 with the Bundeswehr in order to replace the U.S. machine-guns, served as the basis, which was similar to the Austrian 7.62mm MG 42. Targets were to reduce, among other things, the rate of fire and weight and have more versatile sights and mount. The development of the weapon was completed in 1974. It replaced from this year the MG 42 as the MG 74 of the Austrian Federal Army.

    The modifications to the basic MG 42 design include an extremely heavy bolt (950 grams vs. the 675 gram MG 3 bolt) which reduces the rate of fire to around 850 rounds per minute. Rate of fire can be varied, if necessary, by changing the shutter. In addition, a select fire trigger group was added to allow semi-automatic fire (single shot) compared to the traditional fully automatic only fire capability of the original MG 42 design. The MG 74 also has a modern polymer stock and handgrips to save weight. Usually colored a dark green, adjustable rear sight (35 ° horizontal, vertical 15 °) and additional anti-aircraft sight can be mounted optional.
    The MG 42's lineage continued past Nazi Germany's defeat, forming the basis for the nearly identical MG1 (MG 42/59), and subsequently evolved into the MG1A3, which was in turn followed by the MG 3. It also spawned the Swiss MG 51, SIG MG 710-3, Austrian MG 74, and the Spanish 5.56mm Ameli light machine gun, and lent many design elements to the American M60 and Belgian MAG. The MG 42 was adopted by a number of armed organizations after the war, and was copied or license-built as well.

    The MG 74 of the Austrian Federal Army. The MG 74 is a modification of the German MG 42.

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    The idea that 6SS Panzer Armee under normal circumstances would just surrender to two Americans is nonsensical.

    In truth in April and May 1945 the two panzer corps of 6SS Panzer Armee was desperately fighting a rearguard action from the failure of Spring Awakening and defending Austria were trying to surrender to the Americans. Given the harsh treatment meted out to SS Troopers of 9SS Pz Division POW's by Russians the regulars of Viking, HJ, LSSAH, Das Reich and Totenkopf could expect little sympathy from their Russian captors. Dietrich was retreating through Vienna intentionally looking for advancing Americans he could surrender his troops to.

    The troops of Florian Geyer had been wiped out in Budapest with no prisoners taken and those of Prinz Eugene similarly treated in Yugoslavia. There could be little doubt that it would be better for the SS troopers to surrender to the Allies.

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