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Weapon Files: M1918

Yesterday we gave you a profile of the German Maschinengewehr 34, so today it’s America’s turn, with Bonnie and Clyde‘s weapon of choice, the M1918.

Portable Automatic Firepower

The M1918, as the name suggests, was developed in the final years of the First World War. Neither really a machine gun nor a rifle, this automatic rifle, as it became known, was imagined by John Browning to be used in a new tactic known as walking fire. Although it was not without some design flaws (such as a limited continuous-fire capability and a heavy recoil), the M1918 successfully proved its worth in combat in September 1918. It became standard-issue in the US Army in 1938.

Compared to the MG 34, the M1918 has a slightly lower rate of fire, a slightly harder recoil. However it has a higher muzzle velocity, meaning bullets travels faster and hurt more. And although the magazine clip holds only 20 rounds, it reloads twice as fast than the MG 34 with its 50-round drum magazine.

Just like the German light machine gun, the M1918 automatic rifle cannot be fired while running; however when walking (by holding down the ALT key), you will retain enough control to fire from the hip.

A powerful mid-range weapon despite its flaws, the M1918 announces its presence on the battlefield with a very characteristic sound, to let your enemies know that you mean business.

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  1. avatarDondergod04-30-2014

    Gun feels so wrong ingame. Just doesn’t feel like the BAR should at all.
    More recoil, more mobility is what this thing needs.

    Currently it has the least recoil of all the mg’s unlike the story above.

    • avatarCurst04-30-2014

      Yeah. They’ve balanced it in the most unexpected manner. Compared to other guns of that era BAR usually means high power and good mobility (compared to machineguns) countered by small magazine and insane recoil. As a result it is effective at most ranges and in most situations but is equally difficult to use at most ranges and in most situations.

      In H&G we see something entirely different. I have to admit that balance-wise it works well. But this weapon just doesn’t feel like BAR should.

      • avatarReto.Gargamel05-01-2014

        Note that this the first version of the M1918, so it’s not as fine-tuned as the guns that have been in the game for a long time. See my reply to cukaasha below.

    • avataryinmastah04-30-2014

      Be aware of what you say on News section. The Ban Hammer will appear above your head without prior notice…

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        • avatarFontan04-30-2014

          BAAAMMM ! In your face…

          Lets they BAR feels different compared to other games, still it is an awesome gun ingame, especially the shorter reload time is very important.

          • avataryinmastah05-01-2014

            *cough* Gladly i only care about what skilled players say about me and not some guy with 10 accounts that has no clue of FPS gaming… *cough*

            Anyways,
            BAR still needs a lot of tweaking. Shorter reload times is of course bullox, you do not bring a BAR to close combat just as you dont bring a knife to a gunfight. And at long range it doesn’t make a difference either…

            But right now you need 5+ hits at medium range to actually kill your opponent which is really unrealistic imho. But they will improve this for sure. This can become a really nice weapon.

    • avatarcukaasha04-30-2014

      wait wait !! I hate using this gun cuz of its recoil and you r saying it has the least !!

    • avatarReto.Gargamel05-01-2014

      Do keep in mind that this the first version of the M1918, so it’s not as fine-tuned as the guns that have been in the game for a long time. The devs will probably continue adjusting it, and in that process they will take into consideration the feedback they get from the player community. I strongly recommend also putting your suggestions regarding weapon specs in forum threads, not just in the blog comments.

    • avatarDanielKenway05-02-2014

      Do you just do it in burst or as a waist of bullets if just burst than it makes sense; what you said of course.

  2. avatarsteelpanther04-30-2014

    Don’t forget Bonnie and Clylde chopped the barrels off to make SBBARS, or Short Barrelled Browning Automatic Rifles. Was even more devistating then the Thompson with that kinda moblitiy.

    Can’t say it had a high recoil when you see videos of guys with it down by their hip and they are firing away with it with no trouble and are putting it on target easily.

    • avataryinmastah05-01-2014

      hmmm sawed off BAR…. could be a nice damage mod :)
      Are you reading this Reto?

      • avatarTheNewLagConspiracy05-02-2014

        First mod to actually visually make the gun different? I’m in.

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