Shoei 1st Model FG-42

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThere’s a couple of reasons why the FG-42 is a particularly difficult rifle to get hold of. Firstly they only made about 7,000 of them. And because they were only issued to Fallschirmjäger unless the Allied soldier was in a section of front where they fought the paratroopers, they were never captured and returned. The next problem is that they are tainted with being an “elite” item. This means, like Waffen-SS shyte, that wankers on the internet will pay stupid prices for their kit. Just witness the price of a Jerry paratrooper pot. Anyway, due to this, I will never likely own a real one so I have the next best substitute. This is a Shoei made non-functional replica, moves like the real thing, just will never accept a round. Meh.

Update: unfortunately this is a prohibited item in Canada so back to the owner it goes. It’s a terrible bit of catch-all legislation that makes a non-weapon into a banned item yet a dewat is allowed and not required to be registered.

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2 Responses to “Shoei 1st Model FG-42”

  1. DUDE OLE PAL. AS YOU KNOW I HAVE A WEALTH OF QUESTIONS AND A DEARTH OF ANSWERS. THIS FG42.WHAT IS BEHIND THE CONFIGURATION OF THE PISTOL GRIP?? A REAL MYSTERY AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE RIDDLES. THANX MUCH
    JIM

    • Hey Jim. From what I have read this sloped grip was intended to lessen the chances of snagging on harness and other gear during the drop. Additionally the ergonomic effect of the hand grip was to allow the control of muzzle rise which was exaggerated due to the straight line design of the action. Note how low the shoulder stock is as well.

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