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Standschutze Hellriegel 1915 IRL

The Standschütze Hellriegel 1915 is a water-cooled submachine gun produced in very limited numbers for the Austro-Hungarian reserves (Standschütze) during World War I, by a designer identified only as "Hellriegel". A highly obscure weapon, no complete examples are known to still exist, and little official documentation remains. As a result, its operating mechanisms, exact production numbers and development history are all based on speculation. However, photographic evidence exists of it in live-fire tests which are dated October 1915, making it one of the earliest submachine gun designs in history.[1]

The weapon could be fed from either box magazines or chute-fed. Contrary to its in-game depiction, the drum magazine developed for the Hellriegel could not be attached to the weapon itself; it was designed to be carried by another soldier. It is unknown why the weapon did not progress beyond the prototype stage.

Battlefield 1Edit

This item has a Codex entry: Hellriegel 1915
"An Austrian heavy SMG equipped with a high-capacity drum magazine and water-cooled barrel."
— In-game description

The Hellriegel 1915 is a submachine gun featured in Battlefield 1. It was first seen during the Battlefield 1 Official Gamescom Gameplay Trailer.


The Hellriegel 1915 is seen often in the hands of Austro-Hungarian troops in Avanti Savoia!.

A Hellriegel 1915 Storm variant, equipped with a Buckhorn Sight, assumedly reduced recoil and increased zoom, can also be found in a crate in the War Story, Through Mud and Blood.



"Due to its relatively high weight, this SMG pattern offers low recoil while firing."
— In-game description

The Hellriegel 1915 Factory is unlocked upon reaching rank 10 with the Assault kit. The weapon's high magazine capacity of 60 rounds makes it extremely effective against enemies in close quarters compared to other submachine guns and LMGs. Despite this, its relatively moderate recoil makes it somewhat difficult to engage enemies at longer ranges unless controlled shots are fired. It also overheats after 40 bullets straight.

The Hellriegel comes with 180 rounds (including the 60 in the starting magazine).

Like the 12g Automatic and Sjögren Inertial, the Hellriegel 1915 is unable to equip a Bayonet, thus it is unable to perform a Bayonet Charge.



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"Equpped with a bipod and extended magazine, this SMG pattern offers improved firepower when deployed but is less stable when unsupported."
— In-game Description

The Hellriegel 1915 Defensive is a weapon variant introduced to the Community Test Environment in March 2017. It is unlocked upon completion of the correlating assignment which involves obtaining 300 kills with the default variant and 25 kills with Anti-Tank Mines. Unlike the default variant, it features a Bipod, Extended Magazine and a Lens Sight. Consequently, it features a much higher recoil and lacks the if not stabilized by the bipod.



  • A glitch in the class ranking system allowed players to purchase the weapon before being level ten in the Assault class. This was due to the system incorrectly tracking values higher than what was intended. This was fixed in a patch but allowed players to keep the weapon if already purchased, even if the rank 10 criteria had not been met.
  • The Hellriegel used to have only 120 rounds (including the 60 in the chamber), but after the spring patch, it was buffed to have 180 rounds instead to give it a higher advantage.


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