Machine Gun

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The Machine Gun or MGun/MG, is a rapid fire Ballistic Weapon. It is comparable to contemporary machine guns (with caliber less than 20mm, above it's AC2), simply upscaled to Mechwarrior standards. Its rapid fire and fast projectile movement speed makes it an effective counter to Battle Armor. However it does little damage against any other target, unless used en masse over a long period of time. With that being said do not dismiss the MG particularly while other weapons are reloading or are out of range. A smart pilot ensures that the MG's are tied to every weapon group, as a hail of bullets against a heavy damaged opponent just may score you a kill or increase your C-Bills to the next rank.

Weapon Stats

Weapon Max Range Dmg Drop
Dmg Drop
Hit Damage/Shot Damage
Ammo cost
BA Claw MG 600m --- --- 7 Kinetic 1000 (1200)* 140 168 2000 --- 1s 3s --- ---
BA Medium MG 550m 50m 0.04 20 Kinetic 583 (700)* 233 280 --- 1s 3s
Machine Gun 1600m 250m 0.001 4 Kinetic 667 (1000)* 53 96 0.003 4s 6s
Heavy MG 400m 250m 0.05 14 Light Kinetic 240 (360)* 78 118 0.5 4s 6s
*Max rate of fire All stats are current as of release 0.11.4

Gameplay & Hints

  • It is worth noting that Machine Guns have no spin up time mechanic; they begin firing immediately.

Machine Gun

Heavy Machine Gun


Heavy Machine Gun added in release 0.11.0


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.

BattleTech reference

As its name implies, the Heavy Machine Gun is a larger version of the standard Machine Gun. First introduced by Clan Smoke Jaguar, their demise hastened its dissemination to the other Clans, while the Taurian Concordat was able to perfect the Inner Sphere version of the weapon. Twice as heavy as its more traditional cousin, the Heavy Machine Gun does half again as much damage, though at the cost of a third of the already short range.

BattleTech reference


The following assets equip Machine Guns:

(Vehicles and air assets)
  Inner Sphere
  Inner Sphere
  Inner Sphere
All lists are current as of release 0.11.4