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 hail of bullets against a heavy damaged opponent just may score you a kill or increase your C-Bills to the next rank.
All stats are current as of release 0.10.0.
|Weapon||Listed Range||Max Range||Ammo/ton||Heat||Damage||Damage Type||Shots/min||Overheat||Cooldown||Mech Damage/sec||Heat/sec||Notes|
|Machine Gun||1600m||1600m||∞||0.003||3.5||Light Kinetic||1200||8s||4s||30||0.06||---|
It is worth noting that the MGun has no spin up time mechanic; it begins firing immediately.
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.
The following Variants equip these weapons:
|Clan Mechs||Clan Vehicle||Clan Aero||IS Mechs||IS Vehicle||IS Aero|