|blank cell||United Defense M42 Submachine Gun|
|RATE OF FIRE||1-20 per round|
|MAGAZINE CAPACITY||20 rounds|
|BASE RANGE||20 yards|
|COMBAT USE: OSS|
The United Defense Supply Corporation was set up in 1940 by the then-neutral American government as a front to supply Allied nations with weapons. United Defense contracted the Marlin gun manufacturing firm to produce the Model 42 submachine gun that had been designed in 1938 by Carl G. Swebilius. These limited quantities were to be sent to the Dutch East Indies, but the Japanese invaded before delivery could be made, and the stocks were given over to the Office of Strategic Services.
Like the Suomi and the Thompson, the Model 42 was made to the exacting standards of a service rifle, resulting in a thoroughly accurate and robust design that was nonetheless too complicated for mass production. In its limited role with the OSS, the Model 42 served well, and remained a standard firearm for OSS combat personnel until the widespread adoption of the M-3 submachine gun in late 1944.
The Model 42 was fed by an unusual box magazine, which had two 20-round magazines attached to each other end-over-end. This allowed the firer to quickly swing in a fresh magazine when the first was expended, but could also open up the feed to dirt and grime. Nevertheless, the Model 42 was of such an excellent design that this was rarely a concern. In game terms, this double magazine allows the firer to reload and fire again at the end of the next round, rather than taking an entire combat round to reload.