Now, everyone knows that the American .30 calibur machine gun just isn't as effective as its Wermacht counterpart, the mg 42, particularly in its ability to supess enemy squads... Whereas the mg 42 can suppress squads almost instantly, the .30 will often fail to one the first, second or even third burst...
Now, I assumed that the .30 just had less supression than the 42 by design, but then I have a look on CoH Stats and I see that at medium range (11-19 for the .30 and 12-21 for the 42), both weapons should theoretically have identical supression, specifically a supression of 0.015... Not only that, but long range (21-40 for the .30, 23-44 for the 42), the .30 should, apparently, actually have better supression than the 42... The .30 retains a supression of 0.015 at long range, while the 42s drops to 0.0125... At short range, however, the 42 theoretically outclasses the .30 (with the 42s staying at 0.015 and the .30s dropping to 0.012)...
In short, according to CoH Stats:
Long range supression: .30 > mg 42
Medium range supression: .30 = mg 42
Short range supression: .30 < mg 42
Why is it, then, that the .30s supression in practise is so vastly inferior to the mg 42s? Could the .30 be bugged? Or is it a function of other elements like how many shots the .30 fires in a burst or something like that?