This was the most fearsome machine gun of WWII.
This video, filmed in 2012 in Lockport, Illinois, documents what firing (or facing!) a MG42 machine gun was like during World War II.
The sound of the MG42, firing so fast that human ears can’t distinguish individual shots, was so frightening in its time that the U.S. Army created a training video to try to diminish the psychological impact of facing it.
At 1,200 rounds per minute, the MG42 was the fastest gun in the war. It looks like this old machine gun hasn’t lost any of its power over the years.