The MG42, the Return, and the Vault.
June 7, 2013
I’ve messed with a ton of different firearms and, for the most, part enjoyed it. This gun, for better or worse, changed my life: the MG42.
I know, I know, I’ve already talked at length about the ‘42 in one of my earlier blogs. This is true but I want to better tie this blog in with The Gunner’s Vault. So, I’m going to say a few basic things about how it has affected me.
I bought my first ‘42 kit at my first Knob Creek for a thousand dollars. I had every intention of making a semi-auto out of it and just terrorizing the range. Halfway home in our twelve-hour trip though, I decided that it should be a full-auto. I was working for an SOT at the time, so it was an option and, to be honest, this was early on in my flourishing gun building carrier. Full-auto would be easier to build. Also, I wanted to see if I could come up with a better semi-auto design, but needed to see how the thing actually worked before I could.
The gun took a little over a week to build, after an extensive study on how it went together. This was my first full-auto build, and I wanted to do it right.
The build turned out to be the easy part. It took another month and a half to get it running right. In hindsight, I could have gotten it done quicker, but like I said I was new at this.
I didn’t shoot it often; it was just too expensive to do so. But when I did, man, you talk about an attention getter! I’d let people shoot it off the Lafette that I’d restored, and they enjoyed the hell out of it. After all, how many ten year olds can say they shot an MG42?
After about a year of playing around with it, I took it on an interview I had for Red Jacket. I knew they had a show, and I wanted to be on TV, so I brought it along. As it turned out, it was just the thing needed to solidify me a place on the show.
The rest is, as they say, history. Recent history that is, for the full work up of the firearm you will have to check The Gunner’s Vault.
Speaking of The Gunner’s Vault, it’s something I’ve been kind of guiding myself towards without even knowing it. I was often disappointed by Sons of Guns just glancing over the firearms that were on the show, instead of really getting into them. After all it was supposed to be a show about guns right?
Well, now that I’m not on the show any longer, I can devote myself to this and really get in depth on the guns. I’m hoping y’all will dig it as much as I like doing it.