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For the similar class of weapons, see Machine Gun


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Soviet/Russian standard co-axial gun (top), American standard co-axial gun (bottom).

A Coaxial Machine Gun is a machine gun fitted to a coaxial mount as a secondary weapon beside a vehicle's main weapon. This allows the machine gun to be aimed by use of the main gun control. It is used to engage infantry or other "soft" targets when the main gun collateral damage would be excessive, or to conserve main gun ammunition.

Battlefield 1942Edit

Coaxial machine guns are mounted on medium and heavy tanks. Axis tanks carry an MG34 and Allied tanks an M1919. They are very effective against infantry and light vehicles, although with limited ammo (400 rounds) and a relatively short overheat time.


Battlefield 2Edit

Coaxial machinegun
Damage

50

Reload time

Overheat after 3 seconds of continuous fire

Rate of fire

450 rounds per minute

Range

Long

Fire mode

Automatic

Source of statistics

Battlefield 2 game files

Sound(s)

The M240C, PKT, MG3A1 and Type 85 HMG all make an appearance as the coaxial-mounted secondary weapons of the M1A2 Abrams, T-90, Leopard 2A6, and Type 98, respectively.

Their stats are identical: although multiple variants of the Type 85, PKT, and M2 Browning appear, the coaxial variants have no difference. They each feature low spread, a moderate rate of fire, a high damage, and infinite ammo. However, each one is also prone to overheating with prolonged fire.


Battlefield 1943Edit

Battlefield 1943 features coaxial machine guns mounted on the tanks for both factions are an MG34 or an M1919. IJN tanks have a similar kind of coaxial machine gun for balancing reasons. The coaxial machine gun is very effective against infantry, aircraft and jeeps. The coaxial machine gun is also surprisingly very accurate for a machine gun and can easily obtain headshots at medium range.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2Edit

Main article: Alternate Weapon Package
Alternate Weapon Package
Alt Weapon spec
Unlocked at

10000 Vehicle EXP

Vehicle type

Main Battle Tank
UAV-1

Customization slot

Vehicle secondary weapon

The Alternate Weapon Package adds a co-axial machine gun for the drivers of Main Battle Tanks to use.

The UAV-1 also gains a machine gun in addition to its guided rocket. It functions nearly identically to its MBT counterpart.


Battlefield Play4FreeEdit

Coaxial Machinegun
Damage
  • Close Range 30-20
  • Medium Range 25-25
  • Long Range 20-20
Damage multipliers

Headshot x2

Ammunition capacity

25 rounds for 1 point, 35 rounds for 2 points,and 45 rounds for 3 points

Reload time

5 sec

Rate of fire

450 rpm 7,5/s

Range

Short

Fire mode

Automatic

In Battlefield Play4Free, players can add a coaxial machinegun to any heavy tank by choosing the Tank coaxial machinegun training. It can be seen as more effective against infantry than the main gun.

OverviewEdit

Allows the player to use a coaxial machine gun for tanks and increases the ammunition capacity for the machinegun with further ranks. Spending at least one point in this option greatly increases the efficiency of main battle tanks against infantry. It is more useful in large maps like Karkand.

RanksEdit

  1. Allows the secondary coaxial machine gun to be fired when driving tanks with 25 rounds.
  2. Increases the ammunition capacity to 35.
  3. Increases the ammunition capacity to 45.


Battlefield 3Edit

Coaxial LMGEdit

Coaxial LMG
BF3BLLMG
IR Smoke (MBT and TD), Belt Speed (IFV) Auto Loader (MBT and TD), Thermal Optics (IFV)
Unlocked at

• 2100 MBT score
• 8300 IFV score
• 800 TD score

Special Feature

• Anti-infantry secondary weapon
• Independent from main weapon

Vehicle type

Main Battle Tank
Infantry Fighting Vehicle
• Tank Destroyer

Customization slot

Vehicle weapon

"A light machinegun mounted coaxially to your main weapon."
— Battlelog Description

Coaxial LMG is a specialization that provides an MBT, IFV or Tank Destroyer driver with an anti-infantry secondary weapon. Depending on the vehicle, either the M240C or PKT light machine gun is mounted in-line with the vehicle's main weapon. They can be used by M1 Abrams and T-90 MBTs, the LAV-25 and BMP-2M IFVs as well as the M1128 Mobile Gun System and the 2S25 Sprut Tank Destroyers.

Its high volume of fire provides excellent suppression against infantry, at the cost of the occasional overheat. The reticle is composed of a partial crosshair and box corners with a center dot.

Each bullet inflicts 20.0-15.6 damage, somewhat less than the infantry LMGs. However, tank users benefit from completely steady fire free of recoil, and the tank's armor and mobility. The 610 m/s muzzle velocity is comparable to the M240B, average among LMGs.
Coaxial HMG
BF3BLHMG
Maintenance Proximity Scan
Unlocked at

17700 MBT score

Special Feature

• Secondary weapon for tank operator
• Independent from main weapon

Vehicle

Main Battle Tank (Driver)

Customization slot

Weapon

Battlefield 3 Tank Guide - Coaxial HMG(05:28)

Coaxial HMGEdit

"A heavy machinegun mounted coaxially to your main weapon."
— Battlelog description

The Coaxial HMG is a vehicle specialization in Battlefield 3. When used, the driver gets a secondary weapon for use against enemy personnel and light vehicles.

Compared to the Coaxial LMG, it benefits from a much higher damage per individual bullet, at a max of 50 trailing down to 34, and a higher accuracy, at the cost of firing at a significantly slower rate of fire. Unlike the Coaxial LMG, the HMG does not overheat, allowing for continuous fire.

The HMG can engage infantry at any range, and is the single most effective long-range anti-infantry tank weapon, with the first three shots retaining perfect accuracy.

It deals 34% damage per shot at full dropoff, so it will kill in three shots in normal mode and only two in Hardcore mode.

The HMG also has the fastest bullet velocity in the game, clocking in at 750 m/s, reducing the amount of leading and bullet drop compensation needed for moving targets. In Hardcore, it can one hit kill at any range if it hits the head, or a chest shot and higher at close range.

Unlike the LMG, the HMG can damage lightly-armored vehicles, including jets and helicopters. Its high velocity, however, is offset by its low fire rate in anti-air combat, as well as the tank turret's slow traversal and low gun elevation.

As the Canister Shell is more forgiving in aim and deals excellent damage, it is generally more effective against air targets within close- to medium-range.

The Coaxial HMG is larger than the LMG, so it is mounted above the main cannon rather than through the traditional gun port, and is easily seen in first-person view.

The HMG upgrade is only available for Main Battle Tanks, not being available for the IFV or Tank Destroyer.

After the 1.04 Patch the fire rate of the HMG is much higher than before, while still avoiding overheating. The Armored Kill patch gave it greatly increased accuracy.


Battlefield 4Edit

Coaxial LMGEdit

Coaxial LMG
Coaxlmg
Vehicle type

Main Battle Tank, Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Customization slot

Vehicle secondary weapon

"Attaches a 7.62mm light machinegun to your main cannon for enhanced anti-infantry capability."
— E3 2013 alpha gameplay

The Coaxial LMG is a vehicle specialization featured in Battlefield 4, functioning similarly to the one seen the Battlefield 3.

Coaxial HMGEdit

Coaxial HMG
Coaxhmg
Unlocked at

39000 MBT score

Special Feature

12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun.

Vehicle type

Main Battle Tank

Customization slot

Secondary weapon

The Coaxial HMG is a vehicle specialization featured in Battlefield 4. Its use is unchanged from Battlefield 3, providing an effective long-range solution for infantry and light armored vehicles. It is slightly inaccurate during long bursts, and unlike its Battlefield 3 counterpart it will eventually overheat, though it's hard to do so because the overheat time is so long. It has a 50% higher rate of fire than in Battlefield 3, at the cost of muzzle velocity being reduced from 750 m/s to 500 m/s, making shot leading essential at longer ranges.

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