Grabbed_by_the_Spets wrote:Once again, if the scope was what gave the range advantage, why is it unique to the MG-42? The scope was used on the tripod, not the gun, which could also carry the MG-34. So there is still a discrepancy.
Same McNab's book. I can only snapshot small patches because I have the book in google play so it's protected but I'll continue writing what I cannot snapshot. What I posted previously is from public pages.
So, hang on:
Fire control was critical to MG34 and MG42's effective tactical use as LMG. As noted above, fire tended to be delivered in bursts of 5-7 rounds, or up to 20 rounds in full one-second burst. The barrel would typically require changing after 250 rounds of rapid fire, but a single barrel could take up to 400 rounds of fireing in an emergency before before a serious danger of malfunction arose. [...].
In terms of sighting and range, both MG34 and MG42 were capable of delivering direct fire using iron sights up to ranges of 2,000.
The rear iron sight on the MG 34 consisted of an adjustable notched 'V'-sight blade mounted on a post, the post marked with range increments from 200m to 2,000m. The 'V' notch was aligned with a front blade to aim. Iron sights on the MG 42 were of slightly different configuration, with the 'V'-notch blade sliding along. a range platform that, at its lowest set, sat virtually perpendicular with the barrel jacket. The increments ran in 100m intervals from 100m to 2,000m.
Actually seeing a target at 2,000 m, let alone engaging it accurately with open sights, was problematic. Generally speaking, 800m was the practical limit for direct MG 34 and MG 42 fire, stretching out to 1,500m when necessary. An additional guidance to accuracy accuracy came in the form of SmK L'spur armourpiercing tracer rounds, which featured in the belts of sS (heavy ball) and SmK (armourpiercing rounds) at a typical ratio of 1:4. Operators had to learn to use tracer to guide their fire accurately. Tracers lose their mass more quickly than standard ball rounds, hence slow down in the air more quickly than the surrounding bullets.Therefore at long range the gunner needed to compensate by firing slightly higher than the observed fall of the tracer.
MG34 and MG42, Chris McNab, Ospreys, Google play edition, pg. 39.
Now let's recap. HMG MG42 and MG34 can fire up to 3000 m and 3500 plunging gire (in game range 1500 m)
LMG MG 42 and MG 34 can fire up to 1500 m (in game range 750 m)
Can you please provide reliable info that Maxim and SG 43 were even close of this? Sounds like LMG MG34 iron sightings are the same as Maxim/SG-42 HMG setup