FG42 Project Info
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The rifle was ATF approved in April of 2011 and the price is still $4,995.00.
This rifle can also be made Ca. legal by making the mag release to be below flush of the mag well with a small hole requiring a pin for operation. This we will do for free if the buyer resides there.
The only downside to this “California” version is that since the end of the mag catch is what holds the doors closed they will remain open all the time.
For this reason if anyone from that state gets on our list for a future FG42 rifle and does not wish to have the mag doors or hinges period – since they serve no purpose – then we will deduct 250.00 from the basicÂ cost of the rifle.
To be placed on the waiting list for the FG42 you need to send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org not here on the site.
Just wanted to share a little about this latest project of ours. It started back in the mid 1980′s when I first became involved with class III firearms and met another dealer who just “had to have” an FG42 for his collection.Â At that time I had no idea what he was talking about so he proceeded to share pictures and info of his “dream rifle”. I thought it looked pretty cool and already had a small but growing WWII German MG collection and thought it would be a cool addition. Then he tells me that when you can find one they run about 30K – that was in the mid 80′s! And so that ended my desire for one. It suddenly became that strange looking weapon that couldn’t possible be worth the money it cost. Back burner it for 20 years…….
Then I see someone is going to build a semi copy of it here in the states and YES I suddenly want one again! Sadly they haven’t been able to bring them to market. I say sadly as the man involved would have made sure it was of the highest quality and worth owning! Time goes on and I once again get involved in the firearms business but this time in the manufacturing end of things and the first thing I do – even before we build the building – is buy a Shoei replica to remind me of the rifle I dream to build one day.
Here we are – a few more years, guns, projects later and we are way past the dreaming stage and at a point I want to see if anyone else out there has a desire to own this rifle like I do. Lots of considerations went into the decisions concerning this project and I will share a few….
First and foremost I wanted to build a rifle that most of the people who wanted to own it could actually afford it. That influenced many things and the way it is made is one of the basics. Our first offering will be of a type II but with a machined from solid steel receiver. The original was made from a stamping but rather than put money we didn’t have into stamping dies (I should have said or not build the rifle due to costs) I decided to try another approach. Fast easy and cheap are not ways to describe this method as the receiver starts out as a chunk of 4140 steel that weighs 13 lbs and ends up loosing about 11 lbs in the process! Other parts and pieces have been modified along the way as well to help us try to gain ATF approval as quickly as possible. These changes cannot be readily seen but can be measured and there are very very few original parts that would go on our rifle. Front site bases and such come to mind.
So what you will have is a rifle with a 95% outward appearance and a 110% fun factor. Take IT to the range or let your buddies handle it and THAT is why we are building it. You will not be getting a 100% museum knockoff – but you also will be able to afford to buy one!
What else will you get? Little things we didn’t deviate away from the original like a rotating bolt, laminated butt stock, cool/weird muzzle brake, chambered for 8mm mauser, etc etc etc……..
So please let me know what you think of the idea – good or bad!
Updates in the form of parts pictures will be added as time permits!
If you are seriously interested in this rifle and want your name added to the list write me with your contact info at: email@example.comÂ and I will put you on the list and tell you where you are at on it. Thanks!
We have posted blurbs and updates on:
And the guys over at this site have been good enough to post info on this rifle as well:
Take a look – these folks have neat websites that cover all kinds of cool stuff!