Bergmann MP18

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The Bergmann MP18 was designed by Hugo Schmeisser in 1915 at the Bergmann Waffenfabrik factory. It was designed to fulfill the requirements established by the German Rifle Testing Commission. When the weapon was completed it was designated the Maschinenpistole 18/I or MP18/I. The weapons finished and the parts all fitted by hand at near commercial grade quality. The MP18/I went into production in early 1918 using the 32-round snail drum magazine used in the LP08 Artillery Luger. Issued in the final stages of World War I at least 5,000 MP18/I's were built and issued before the war ended. The weapon was outlawed for German Military use by the Treaty of Versailles but small quantity was issued the Weimar Republic for police use. The Weimar Republic weapons are converted with MP28 mag-wells to use 20-round box magazines as the 32-round drum was also banned by the Treaty of Versailles, which wasn't of much concern, as the box magazines were more reliable and much easier to handle. The design was improved upon and manufactured in Belgium for export as the Schmeisser MP28/II.

Bergmann MP18/I with 32-round TM 08 snail drum accepting mag-well, as issued in WWI - 9x19mm
Bergmann MP18/I with 20-round box magazine accepting MP28 mag-well, what the MP18 was originally designed with and retrofitted with post-WWI - 9x19mm



(1918 - 1920)

  • Type: Submachine Gun
  • Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum
  • Weight: 9.2 lbs (4.2 kg)
  • Length: 32.8 in (83.3 cm)
  • Barrel length: 7.9 in (20.1 cm)
  • Capacity: 32 cartridges (TM 08 drum magazine), 20 cartridges (post-WWI box magazine)
  • Fire Modes: Fully Automatic (450 RPM)

The Bergmann MP18 appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Bergmann MP18


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Land That Time Forgot Declan Mulholland Olson 1975
Biggles: Adventures in Time Fiona Hutchison Debbie 1986
Alex Hyde-White Jim Ferguson
German Officer
Richard III Richard's soldiers 1995
Michael Collins An IRA assassin 1996
Deathwatch Jamie Bell Pvt. Charlie Shakespeare 2002
The Water Diviner Greek soldier 2014


Film Title Character Note Date
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade A member of the "Sect" . 1998
Sakura Taisen: École de Paris Erica Double barrel, double magazine 2003
Sakura Taisen: Le Nouveau Paris Erica Double barrel, double magazine 2004-05
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa German soldier 2005

Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
Battlefield: 1942 . . 2002
Forgotten Hope . . 2003
NecroVisioN . . 2009
NecroVisioN: Lost Company . . 2010
The Great War 1918 2013
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 "MP18" 2014
Verdun "Maschinenpistole 18/I" 2015
Battlefield 1 2016

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