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Fallout 2Bozar
Light support weapon
M60
Fallout: New VegasLight machine gun
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Automatic rifle Gametitle-FNV DM
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Fallout 76Light machine gun
50 cal machine gun
The Action Hero Gametitle-FO76 WA
Fallout TacticsBren gun
Browning auto rifle
Browning M2
M60
M249 SAW
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A machine gun is a fully automatic mounted or portable firearm, usually designed to fire bullets in quick succession from an ammunition belt or magazine, typically at a rate of several hundred rounds per minute.[1]

ModelsEdit

50 cal machine gunEdit

50Cal Machine Gun
Gameplay article: Fallout 76

The Browning M2 (commonly called Ma Deuce) has been designed at the end of World War I by John Browning, responding to the Army Ordnance Department's request for a heavy machine gun capable of being used with anti-aircraft and anti-infantry rounds. Initial design work was completed in 1918, creating a scaled-up M1917 .30 machine gun built around a purpose-built .50 round. The first working units were produced in 1921, using water-cooled barrels, with subsequent development leading to the creation of the M2 in 1932, which would remain in service for decades.[2]

The resulting .50 caliber machine gun combines the rugged design of its ancestor with the powerful .50 round, highly effective against infantry and other soft targets, materiel, lightly armored vehicles, boats, fortifications and aircraft. Though heavy and cumbersome when used away from a mount, the advent of power armor and the creation of minigun frames for personnel use allowed this venerable weapon to be used by soldiers on foot.[3]

Automatic rifleEdit

Automatic rifle
Gameplay article: Dead Money

One of the rarest machine guns in the pre-War United States was this selective fire, air-cooled automatic rifle chambered for the powerful .308 caliber rounds, loaded using detachable 20 round magazines. The striker fired automatic rifle was one of the oldest and earliest light machine gun models, with a barrel screwed into the receiver, greatly limiting the ability to quickly replace barrels in the field, forcing the operator to fire carefully and more precisely than with stationary machine guns.[4]

Automatic rifles found in the wastelands come with a fixed wooden buttstock and closed-type adjustable iron sights, consisting of a forward post and a rear leaf sight with 100 to 1,500 yard range graduations.[4]

BozarEdit

Fo2 Bozar
Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Gun Runners' Arsenal

Sarcastically referred to as the "ultimate" refinement of the sniper's art, the Bozar is a light machine gun designed from the ground up for use on the move, rather than from a stationary position. The large collapsible stock, front handguard, muzzle brake and the bulk of this large weapon ensure it remains under the operator's control even when fired in fully automatic mode and despite the long recoil operation. The scope ensures accurate fire at medium distances, while the detachable 30 round 5.56mm box magazine allows for quickly reloading by an infantryman on the move.[5]

One downside is that the Bozar requires extra maintenance and can be prone to jamming if not kept scrupulously clean. If one gives it the care and attention it needs, it will be a powerful, accurate tool no matter when and how it is used.[6]

Light machine gunEdit

LMGRend
Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

The light machine gun is a bulky weapon designed around a gas-actuated long-stroke piston system, providing reliable round extraction after each shot. The weapon fires from an open bolt, reducing the danger of rounds cooking off and firing uncontrollably after firing prolonged bursts.[7]

For portability and ease of use, it was manufactured entirely from metal with wood used as the grip and front handguard. A barrel shroud additionally protects the operator from accidentally burning themselves on a hot barrel during barrel changes. The barrel itself can be released and quickly swapped out using the prominent latch, though since the front sight post is permanently fixed to the barrel, replacing it also means that the weapon loses accuracy due to losing its zero. While taken together it can be clunky, especially for a weaker operator, it provides excellent firepower in the field and more than makes up for its deficiencies.[8]

Light support weaponEdit

Fo2 Light Support Weapon
Gameplay article: Fallout 2

The light support weapon is a selective fire gas-operated design with a short-stroke gas piston system located above the barrel, designed in a bullpup arrangement with a bipod, shoulder strap and rear pistol grip. The extended barrel provides an increased muzzle velocity and further stabilizes the bullet, giving a greater effective range. The layout has caused problems for operators trying to fire it while prone and was thus remanded to National Guard units across the nation. The LSW has earned itself a reputation as a reliable automatic weapon that provides excellent firepower in a very compact package.[9]

M60Edit

Fo2 M60
Gameplay articles: Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics

The M60 is a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed, automatic machine gun that fires from the open-bolt position. Chambered for 7.62mm rounds, its design was created using many concepts introduced during World War II, including manufacture from stamped metal sheets (allowing easy mass production), a pistol grip, stock and a semi-bullpup design, where most of the weapon's action occupies the stock.[10] It is easily distinguished by its distinctive barrel shroud and barrel with integrated front post (a source of issues for gun crews, as replacing the barrel removes the calibration). It is a reliable, battle-proven design prized around the world. It saw extensive use by the United States and her allies in the latter half of the 20th century as a result.[11][12]

MG42Edit

FO76LMG
Gameplay article: Fallout 76

An alternative design for the squad light machine gun, the Maschinengewehr 42 (or MG42[13]) was made during the latter half of World War II in Nazi Germany for use in the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS. Designed from the start to be low cost and easy to build, the MG42 is an air-cooled, belt fed, open bolt, recoil-operated machine gun with a barrel designed for quick changes in the middle of combat. Capitalizing on the lessons provided by warfare in challenging climates, it is designed for ruggedness, reliability and ease of operation by soldiers with even limited training. The combination of these factors made it capable of providing copious amounts of firepower and an absolute terror on the battlefield. And due to its distinctive firing sound, earned it the nickname "Hitler's buzzsaw."

After World War II, the MG42 also served as direct design inspiration for many weapons, such as the American made M60. However, production copies would be continued to be produced in the United States.

Bren gunEdit

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Tactics bren gun
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

This British adaptation of a Czech design was adopted as the standard light machine gun of British and Commonwealth forces in 1938. It was among the most liked and respected weapons available to the British in WW2.

Browning auto rifleEdit

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Tactics browning auto rifle
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

A support weapon developed in the early 20th century firing 30.06 rounds from a 20 round box magazine. Suffers from low damage.

Browning M2Edit

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Tactics browning m2
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

A heavy machine gun developed in 1918 and still in use right up until the outbreak of war. Its in-game firepower is the most powerful of any machine gun and has the longest range of any automatic weapon.

ChauchatEdit

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Tactics chauchat
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

A weapon developed in World War I. It is useless, does not fire and cannot be used.

Heavy machine gunEdit

FOBoSLogoThe following is based on Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel and has not been confirmed by canon sources.
Heavy Machine Gun

This gun unloads a fast blast of bullets, but is not especially accurate. It's better when used in close range, as it can keep several enemies busy at the same time.

M249 SAWEdit

Mini-FOT LogoThe following is based on Fallout Tactics and some details might contradict canon.
Tactics m249 saw
Gameplay article: Fallout Tactics

The Belgian made M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) was adopted widely in the late 20th Century as a squad level machine gun, vastly increasing the firepower available to individual squads.

Icon cut contentThe following is based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

GP machine gunEdit

Gameplay article: Fallout: New Vegas

This general purpose machine gun is a typical automatic firearm.

Icon cut contentEnd of information based on Fallout: New Vegas cut content.

See alsoEdit

References

  1. Machine gun on Wikipedia
  2. Real-world history pre-divergence.
  3. Weapon performance and design in Fallout 76
  4. 4.0 4.1 Automatic rifle appearance.
  5. Bozar appearance and function.
  6. Fallout 2 item description: "{35000}{}{Bozar}"
    "{35001}{}{The ultimate refinement of the sniper's art. Although somewhat finicky and prone to jamming if not kept scrupulously clean, the big weapon's accuracy more than makes up for its extra maintenance requirements. Min ST: 6.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  7. LMG appearance and mechanics are modeled after an FN Minimi.
  8. Weapon appearance and influences from the M60.
  9. Fallout 2 item description: "{35500}{}{Light Support Weapon}"
    "{35501}{}{This squad-level support weapon has a bullpup design. The bullpup design makes it difficult to use while lying down. Because of this it was remanded to National Guard units. It, however, earned a reputation as a reliable weapon that packs a lot of punch for its size. Min ST: 6.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  10. M60 machine gun design on Wikipedia
  11. Fallout 2 item description: "{38700}{}{M60}"
    "{38701}{}{This relatively light machine gun was prized by militaries around for world for its high rate of fire. This reliable, battlefield-proven design, was used on vehicles and for squad level fire-support. Min ST: 7.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2))
  12. Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel item description: "name_m60Heavy = {M60}"
    "desc_m60Heavy = {The 7.62mm M-60 saw widespread use with U.S. and allied forces during the latter half of the 20th Century as a light machine gun. It could also be mounted on vehicles.}"
    (Items.txt)
  13. Plan: MG42
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