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 basic  cost of the rifle.

To be placed on the waiting list for the FG42 you need to send the request to smgguns@yahoo.com 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.  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: smgguns@yahoo.com  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!


  • D Johnston (2968 days)

    I’m really excited about the FG42 project, Rick. Thanks for taking the time to keep people informed on the GK43 forum.

  • LEE N (2966 days)

    It would be very nice to get a chance to own one. Keep trying and keep us posted.

  • Rick Smith (2961 days)

    Thanks for writing – we too can hardly wait to get to pull the trigger – and that time is getting closer all the time! The book you refer to is the best I have run across on the subject and has been a great reference.
    The first rifles will be full caliber 8mm and we will be building them to shoot! If parts wear out they can be replaced. The receivers are being machined out of 4140 and it should hold up very well. Especially when you consider the original 2nd model FG was built on a stamped steel receiver. Forgings or investment castings look very nice and each has it’s merits in the finished product. But both are also very expensive in the initial up front money stage.

  • Ricardus D. (2962 days)

    I first came across the FG42 when I got a hold of a book published by Collector Grade Publications Inc. on the FG42 written by R. Blake Stevens and Thomas B. Dugelby entitled, “Death From Above: The German FG42 Paratroop Rifle.”

    In that book they had a picture of a lawyer in Ohio who owned about 7 or 8 of them, different models as they evolved from the prototype. There is even a picture of one in full auto – re-enactor. The rifle showed no muzzle climb which empty casings are in the air.

    I was in the 2/504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, so when you say Paratroop rifle (created due to the shortcomings of weapons on the Crete mission to rescue Mussolini), I start to salivate!

    I can’t wait to see something like this in operation, you might want to look at shooting a sub-caliber and not the full on 7.92mm or 8mm round for less wear and tear. Why not 4150 CMV steel for the barrel and a better steel than 4140 for the receiver and if you stick with 4140 will you drop forge it?

  • Outstanding, I’ve wanted one of these in Semi-Auto since the 80′s. I’ll be looking forward to updates and availability.

  • Peter (2915 days)

    Put me down of one please if the price is anywhere near reasonable. I know it’s a touchy subject to mention price but if you can hover it around 5k or less there will be lines at your door.

  • Rick Smith (2915 days)

    Thanks for the interest – thats what keeps this project moving! And production guns will be around that magic price point so stay tuned!

  • Online Casino (2861 days)

    ha, I will experiment my thought, your post give me some good ideas, it’s really amazing, thanks.

    – Thomas

  • Rick Smith (2860 days)

    Good luck with it then – not sure what I said but…… Good luck

  • Tom A. (2678 days)

    I had a design using 7075-T6 aluminum receiver using an AR10 barrel extension and bolt. feeding from Zb36 8×57 20rd magazines

  • Rick Smith (2678 days)

    Hi Tom,
    We looked at that very idea in the beginning so as to be able to utilize more off the shelf items and get it out in a more cost effective timely manner but decided to try to stay as true to the original as possible as many that were interested in the rifle lost interest in it when given that as an option. A good idea!


  • Norm (2673 days)

    Many years ago, I was fortunate enough to hold a real FG42 at a museum. At the time, I thought it was a pretty cool weapon; well balanced and not too heavy. The left side magazine can be a bit awkward when carrying, but overall I thought it was a neat weapon. Now that I’m older and have learned more of the story about it, I give you guys maximum props for going for it and building something like this essentially from scratch. I wish I could afford to buy one. I’ve been following your progress over time, and I’m really impressed. Good luck with the project and I hope sales justify all your hard work.

  • Rick Smith (2673 days)

    Hi Norm,
    Appreciate your email – at least you have had your hands on an original! It has been much more than we ever envisioned – difficulty/size of project – and had we just not sorta jumped off the deep end with it I doubt we ever would have. Others have/are doing it (a type one a few years ago here in the US and now SSD in Germany) so we knew it could be done so…….. I too hope sales justify the near total commitment of our resources to this project but to be honest, there will be a huge feeling of pride/accomplishment when the first rifles go out the door. Not to mention that I will finally have my own FG42 and I think my boys each want one!

    Best regards,

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  • John (2591 days)

    Hi guys!
    Does this semi-auto FG42 fire from the closed bolt like the original one?

    Best regards,

  • Rick Smith (2590 days)

    Hi John,
    Yes it does – and has to to be a legal ATF approved semi auto design.


  • http://www.bdus.com for 75.00 dollars. They look pretty good. The metal looks right.

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