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World War 2 Machine Gun Shootout: US versus German (1945)

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Published on Jun 1, 2012

"This film was produced by the War Department to familiarize American troops with the actual sound and performance of various German automatic weapons including the Schmeisser MP-40 machine pistol and the MG-34 and MG-42 machine guns. The higher rate of fire of the German weapons was cause for concern." Zeno, Zeno's Warbird Video Drive-In http://zenoswarbirdvideos.com Don't miss our "German and American Automatic Weapons in World War 2" DVD http://bit.ly/N3JHxa Visit our aviation DVD store at http://www.zenosflightshop.com for the World's largest selection of World War 2 & vintage jet aircraft aviation videos.

"Automatic Weapons: American vs.German" The film uses a pair of memorable "shootouts" to compare the relative strengths of the US weapons with their captured German counterparts. A Thompson and an M-3 "Grease Gun" face off against the German MP-40, and then the light and heavy versions of the American Browning .30 caliber face off against the German MG-34 and MG-42. The results are fascinating, although perhaps a tad miss-leading. (Was rate of fire fully factored in?) In any case, this is a one of a kind look at key World War II firearms.

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