HDv 181/7 – Untersuchung und Instandsetzung des Infanteriegerätes, Teil 7 – Waffentechnisches Handbuch für MG42 – Inspection and Repair of the Infantry Devices, Part 7 – Weapon Technical Handbook for the MG42. With 34 illustrations in 140 pages, it’s packed full of inspection and repair instructions for the Waffenmeister. This 1944 dated manual states that it is current to 4/1/1944 with all updates and revisions to that date. This contains dimension drawings for making pressure plate, extractor, sightline and headspace gauges, other home-made tools, how to perform repairs and inspections, how to reinforce the stocks (including making and installing the not-often-seen straps on the corners of the wood stocks), and has many pages of tables on troubleshooting. Sighting in is explained in depth, and if it can go wrong, from cracks behind the Cam Piece to worn out parts, it’s in here. The Contents page doesn’t do justice to the actual contents. It also contains 7 pages on the operation and disassembly of the MG42 Lafette, and has a few pages of tables showing pin, rivet and coil spring dimensions.
This manual is the most technically detailed manual for the MG42 available. Warning! This it is not an operator’s manual. If you need basic information about how the MG42 functions, this is not the manual to get first. This manual assumes that you have a working knowledge of the MG42, and already know the names of the parts. It doesn’t have pictures of how to wear the split strap, or assemble the bolt. A Waffenmeister would already know that. It was not written for an MG newbie who doesn’t understand how the gun works. It is a manual for the person fixing the problems, not for the shooter.
Suggested prior reading includes the HDv 241, Merkblatt 41/18, and/or the HDv 216/6 as a minimum.
,br /> The two gauges shown on page 20 of this manual are available for sale on our Mg42 page