"The optimum operating crew of an MG 42 for sustained fire operation was six men: the gun commander, the No.1 who carried and fired the gun, the No.2 who carried the tripod, and Nos. 3, 4, and 5 who carried ammunition, spare barrels, entrenching tools, and other items. For additional protection the commander, No.1 and No.2 were armed with pistols, while the remaining three carried rifles. "
This figure is the guy that carried the tripod. The kit differs from the description in that the figure here is No. 2 and should be carrying a pistol. However, in the kit he is carrying a rifle. This is the box art so you can see what is supposed to come out of this.