Machine Gun

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

IS = Pre-spaceflight

Technology Rating B
Availability Ratings A/A/B
Technical specifications
Heat 0
Damage 2
Minimum Range 0
Short Range 1
Medium Range 2
Long Range 3
Tons Clan = .25

IS = .5

Critical Slots 1
Ammo Per Ton 200
Cost (unloaded) 5,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 1,000
BV (1.0) 5
BV (2.0) Clan = 5[1]
1 (Ammo)[1]

IS = 5[2]
1 (Ammo)[2]


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.[3] 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.[4] Battle Armor can also carry machine guns, typically upgraded versions of infantry-support weapons, which can rival their larger vehicular-scale cousins.[5]

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.[3]

Ammo HandlingEdit

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
Armstrong MiniGun Ramora United Outworlders Corporation
Blackwell B75 Outreach Blackwell Heavy Industries
Borman-ASC Heavy Machinegun[6] Unknown Unknown
Bulldog Minigun Ingersoll Bulldog Enterprises
Bulldog Minigun Proserpina Bulldog Enterprises
Double-Gun New Avalon Achernar BattleMechs
Coventry Light Autogun Coventry Coventry Metal Works
Gatling Gun 20mm Ares Quikscell Company
Gatling Gun 20mm Layover Quikscell Company
Gatling Gun 20mm Kalidasa Quikscell Company
Gatling Gun 20mm Gallery Quikscell Company
GM MiniGun Salem General Motors
Grizzly-3 Minigun[6] Unknown Unknown
Johnston MiniGun New Syrtis Johnston Industries
Kicker Skye Cyclops Incorporated
LFN Linblad Grand Base Earthwerks Incorporated
LFN Linblad Tematagi Nimakachi Fusion Products Limited
LFN Linblad Wallis Ronin Incorporated
LFN Linblad Illiushin Vandenberg Mechanized Industries
MainFire MiniGun Belladonna Cal-Boeing of Dorwinion
Maxi Mini Menke Ceres Metals Industries
Mydron Mini-Gun Bithinia Bithinian Ballistics
ScatterGun Light New Earth New Earth Trading Company
SperryBrowning Hun Ho LexaTech Industries
SperryBrowning Canopus IV Majesty Metals and Manufacturing
SperryBrowning Indicass Ceres Metals Industries
SperryBrowning MacLeod's Land Pinard Protectorates Limited
SureFire MiniGun Coventry Coventry Metal Works
SureFire MiniGun Pandora Red Devil Industries
Voelkers 200 Stewart Corean Enterprises
Voelkers 200 Pinard Vandenberg Mechanized Industries

See AlsoEdit

The Machine Gun has been used in various video games, each with their own stats for the weapon; below is a list of the games that use it along with a link to each version's stats:


  1. 1.0 1.1 TechManual, p. 318, "Clan Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  2. 2.0 2.1 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  3. 3.0 3.1 TechManual, p. 228, "Machine Gun"
  4. MechWarrior: Third Edition, p. 137, 143
  5. TechManual, p. 258, "Machine Gun"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 211, "T-12 Tiger Medium Tank"