Turning this thread into a discussion of Second World War weapons is not a great idea and will have terrible consequences.
Watching me turn into a frothing fan-boi history nerd boring the arse off the rest of the forum community being one of them. Aside from anything else, at some point tanks will come into the discussion and then you might as well all just call it a night.
I have an MG42 lying around somewhere. It's actually an incredibly horrible weapon: probably the most ergonomically nasty thing I've encountered.