MG15 machine gun

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This is the page for the aircraft mounted 1930s Rheinmetall MG15 machine gun. For World War I light machine gun Bergmann MG 15nA see here.

The MG15 was a 7.92x57mm machine gun designed specifically as a hand manipulated defensive gun for combat aircraft during the early 1930s. By 1941 it was replaced by other types and found new uses with ground troops. It must be noted the MG15 was copied in Japan as the Type 98 flexible-mounted machine gun in aircraft and as the Type 1 machine gun in the Imperial Japanese Navy, but chambered in the 7.7x58mm Arisaka round. Otherwise this weapon is near-identical.


MG 15

MG15 with 75-round double drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG15 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG15 converted for ground usage - 7.92x57mm Mauser


Place of origin - Nazi Germany
Production - 1930s - 1940
Manufacturer - Rheinmetall
Caliber - 7.9mm
Cartridge - 7.92 x 57mm Mauser
Weight - 8.1 kg (18 lb)
Length - 1,078 mm (42.4 in) (without attachments)
Barrel length - 690 mm (27 in)
Rate of fire - 1,000-1,050 rounds/min
Effective range - N/A
Feed system - 75 round "saddle" drum magazine

The MG 15 is used by the following actors in the following movies, television series, anime, and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Battle of Britain Mounted on Heinkel He 111 bombers 1969
The Seventeenth Transatlantic (Semnadtsatyy transatlanticheskiy) Mounted on He 111H-6 torpedo bomber; in documentary footage 1972
Oasis Josef Vinklár Nowak 1973
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Imperial stormtrooper on Tatooine As the RT-97C heavy blaster rifle 1977
From Hell to Victory Luftwaffe Mounted on CASA 2.111 (He 111) bombers 1979
From Hell to Victory German soldiers Twin AA mounting 1979
Raiders of the Lost Ark Karen Allen Marion Ravenwood Twin-mounted in rear turret of 'Flying Wing' aircraft, mocked up from MG 81Z 1981
Pearl Harbor Mounted on Heinkel He 111 bombers 2001
Lieutenant Suvorov German Luftwaffe Mounted on Ju 87 Stuka; mockup 2009
New Kids Turbo In weapons cache 2010
Burnt by the Sun 2 (Utomlennye solntsem 2) Mounted in German aircraft 2011
Stalingrad German Luftwaffe Mounted on a He 111; mockup 2013


Title Actor Character Note Date
Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya) Mounted on He 111, documentary footage; Film 3 1976
Eternal Call (Vechnyy zov) - Season 1 Mounted on Luftwaffe bombers, documentary footage, Ep.9 1979
Long Road in the Dunes (Ilgais cels kapas) Mounted on Luftwaffe bomber, documentary footage, Ep.4 1982
SS-GB German bombers, opening credits 2017

Video Game

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Medal of Honor: Underground Mounted on enemy motorcycles and halftracks 2000
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 unusable; mounted on destroyed Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2006
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad unusable; mounted on destroyed Stuka Ju 87 dive bombers 2013
Heroes & Generals Mounted in Henschel HS 126 B-1 (tailgun) 2016
Call of Duty: WWII MG 15 Converted for ground usage 2017


Title Characters Notation Date
First Squad: The Moment of Truth mounted in German planes 2009
Izetta: The Last Witch Germanian pilots mounted on Germanian planes 2016

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