Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 (FG42)
Hermann Göring (commander of all Luftwaffe forces) insisted that his Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) be supplied with an even more advanced self-loading rifle. The requirements were that it be light enough for the individual paratrooper to carry with him on a drop, incorporate fully automatic fire, and serve the role of a rifle when needed.
Commandos under Otto Skorzeny were the first troops to use this weapon during their daring rescue of deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Only about 5000 of these Were ever produced. Note the spike bayonet under the barrel. This example has been used in both film and tv work. This example is a 5.56 calibre blank firing replica.
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