The overall length is only 37". The pistol grip is suprisingly comfortable. I thought it would be very awkward, but it's not. Just hold it like any other gun. The gun is stamped with serial number and "FG42" on top of the barrel mounting block, which is a block of steel. The buttstock is stamped sheet metal. There's a push button on the right side to release the stock, which slides off to the rear. The gun fires from an open bolt on full auto, and from a closed bolt for semi-auto. The bipod is mounted in the middle and folds forward, and there's a spike bayonet under the barrel, that instead of being hinged like an AK, pulls out and you turn it around then put it back in the mount. Look closely in the picture, the bipod is folded forward just under the barrel, and the bayonet stub is sticking out of the mount. It's pointed rearward inside the folded bipod in the picture. There is virtually no handle on it, so it doesn't double as a fighting knife. Totally impractical I would think, but it's there. I didn't notice any stampings on the receiver sheet metal, just on some of the steel parts. I'm supposed to get to shoot it the next time I go over there. I have to return the magazine for it, which I brought home to photograph. He was telling me how he got a great deal when he bought the magazine at a show. Only paid $1,000 for it. Yeow!
I'm nearly done with the FG-42 manual. It's a very interesting piece with the way it's made and works. The manual has lots of pictures and drawings to explain the insides.
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on Wed Aug 09, 2006 11:10 am, edited 1 time in total.