An alternative design for the squad light machine gun, MG42 was made during the latter half of World War II in Nazi Germany. Designed from the start to be low cost and easy to build, the MG42 is an air-cooled, belt fed, open bolt, recoil-operated machine gun with a barrel capable of quick changes in the middle of combat. After World War II, copies of the MG42 produced in the United States and would be an semi-common sight in Appalachia.
The light machine gun is a fast-firing alternative to the minigun, consuming the rather precious .308 caliber rounds. It has respectable per-shot damage for a heavy weapon but it does not deal the most damage like the Gatling gun. But, to make up for its rather uncommon ammo type for a heavy weapon and lack of punch, the MG42 truly shines in its high rate of fire that allows it to chew through its ammo drum in seconds. This makes it rather effective at dealing with less armored foes.