MG81

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The MG81 was a German belt fed 7.92 mm machine gun, used in flexible installations in World War II Luftwaffe aircraft, replacing the older drum magazine-fed MG15.

The MG 81 was developed by Mauser as a derivative of their successful MG34 infantry machine gun. Development focus was to reduce production cost and time and to optimize for use in aircraft. Developed in 1938/1939, it was in production from 1940 to 1945.

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MG81

MG 81 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 81 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Specifications

(1940 - 1945)

  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Length: 38 in (96.5 cm) with flash hider
  • Barrel Length: 18.7 in (47.5 cm)
  • Weight: 14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)
  • Rate of Fire: 1400-1600 rounds per minute
  • Capacity: Belt-fed

The MG 81 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Battle of Stalingrad (Stalingradskaya bitva), Part I Mounted on Ju 88A; documentary footage 1949
Into the White Mounted in a Heinkel He-111 bomber 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Hidden & Dangerous 2 MG 81 Weapons placed on a plane 2003
Call of Duty: WWII MG 81 Added in "Operation Shamrock & Awe" update 2018


MG 81Z

A special twin-mount MG 81Z (the Z suffix stands for Zwilling - meaning "twin") was introduced in 1942. It paired up two of the weapons on one mount to provide even more firepower with a maximum rate of fire of 3200 rounds/minute without requiring much more space than a standard machine gun.

MG81Z - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Specifications

(1942 - 1945)

  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Length: 38 in (96.5 cm) with flash hider
  • Barrel Length: 18.7 in (47.5 cm)
  • Weight: 28.4 lbs (12.9 kg)
  • Rate of Fire: 2800-3200 rounds per minute
  • Capacity: Belt-fed

The MG 81Z and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Raiders of the Lost Ark Karen Allen Marion Ravenwood Fitted with non-typical flash hiders and MG 15 Doppeltrommel saddle drum and sights. 1981





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