Machine Gun

Machine Gun
Production information
Type Ballistic (Anti-Infantry)
Tech Base Clan / Inner Sphere (IS)
Year Introduced Clan = 2825 CDS

IS = Pre-Spaceflight[1]

Technology Rating B
Availability Ratings A[2]/A[2]/B[2]
Technical specifications
Heat 0 [3]
Damage 2[3]
Minimum Range 0[3]
Short Range 1[3]
Medium Range 2[3]
Long Range 3[3]
Tons Clan = 0.25[4]

IS = 0.5[3]

Critical Slots 1[3]
Ammo Per Ton 200[3]
Cost (unloaded) 5,000[2]
Ammo Cost (per ton) 1,000[5]
BV (2.0) Clan = 5[6]
1 (Ammo)[6]

IS = 5[7]
1 (Ammo)[7]


The Machine Gun is the quintessential anti-infantry weapon, issuing a stream of bullets at a high rate of fire to cut down opposing soldiers, while still being effective at damaging BattleMechs. Vehicular-scale machine guns mounted on BattleMechs can lay low entire platoons in just a few passes thanks to their high rate of fire, though they are more commonly found on Combat Vehicles and ProtoMechs.[1] These weapons are much heavier than those typically carried by infantry, but can be used by them when placed on a static mount, where they are called Support Machine Guns.[8][9] Battle Armor can also carry machine guns, typically upgraded versions of infantry-support weapons, which can rival their larger vehicular-scale cousins.[10]

Beyond the "standard" models Clan Smoke Jaguar was the first to create Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns, which the other Clans and the Inner Sphere eventually fielded as well. The Federated Suns were also the first to mount multiple machine guns on the same linked platform creating the Machine Gun Array.[1]

Ammo Handling[edit]

BattleMechs and vehicles (massing more than 5 tons) allot Machine Gun ammunition in half-ton (100 "round") as well as full ton (200 "round") lots. Powered Armor (of all types, including BattleArmor) and vehicles massing less than 5 tons are alloted ammo in 5 kg lots that are consumed in a single "round" or turn of fire.


The Machine Gun is manufactured on the following planets:

Brand Planet Company Used by References
Armstrong MiniGun Ramora United Outworlders Corporation  ??? [citation needed]
Blackwell B75 Outreach Blackwell Heavy Industries  ??? [citation needed]
Borman-ASC Torrence Veridian Dynamics T-12 Tiger Medium Tank [11]
Bulldog Minigun Ingersoll
Bulldog Enterprises  ??? [citation needed]
Double-Gun New Avalon Achernar BattleMechs  ??? [citation needed]
Coventry Light Autogun Coventry Coventry Metal Works  ??? [citation needed]
Gatling Gun 20mm Ares
Quikscell Company  ??? [citation needed]
GM MiniGun Salem General Motors  ??? [citation needed]
Grizzly-3 Minigun Torrence Veridian Dynamics T-12 Tiger Medium Tank [11]
Johnston MiniGun New Syrtis Johnston Industries  ??? [citation needed]
Kicker Skye Cyclops Incorporated  ??? [citation needed]
LFN Linblad Grand Base
Earthwerks Incorporated
Nimakachi Fusion Products Limited
Ronin Incorporated
Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
 ??? [citation needed]
MainFire MiniGun Belladonna Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion  ??? [citation needed]

M100 Heavy[edit]

The M100 Heavy Machine Gun is a 12.5mm[12] weapon typically used to deter infantry attacks against Phoenix Hawk, Crusader and Exterminator BattleMechs.[13]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Oliver Brigadier Corporation Phoenix Hawk

Maxi Mini[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Menke Ceres Metals Industries

Mydron Mini-Gun[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Bithinia Bithinian Ballistics

ScatterGun Light[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
New Earth New Earth Trading Company


Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Hun Ho
Canopus IV
MacLeod's Land
LexaTech Industries
Majesty Metals and Manufacturing
Ceres Metals Industries
Pinard Protectorates Limited

SureFire MiniGun[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Coventry Metal Works
Red Devil Industries

Voelkers 200[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Corean Enterprises
Vandenberg Mechanized Industries


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 TechManual, p. 228, "Machine Gun"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TechManual, p. 290, "Heavy Weapons And Equipment - Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 TechManual, p. 341, "Inner Sphere Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  4. TechManual, p. 343, "Clan Heavy Weapons And Equipment Table"
  5. TechManual, p. 294, "Heavy Weapon Ammunition - Table"
  6. 6.0 6.1 TechManual, p. 318, "Clan Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  7. 7.0 7.1 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  8. MechWarrior: Third Edition, p. 137, "Machine Guns"
  9. MechWarrior: Third Edition, p. 143, "Battle Armor Primary Weapons"
  10. TechManual, p. 258, "Machine Gun"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 211, "T-12 Tiger Medium Tank"
  12. Ghost of Christmas Present, p. 3
  13. 13.0 13.1 Technical Readout: 3039, p. 294, "Produced Crusader 3R Components"