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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.
The weapon could be fed from either box magazines, or an unusual high-capacity drum magazine that gave the weapon the appearance of being belt-fed. It is unknown why the weapon did not progress beyond the prototype stage.
The Hellriegel 1915 is unlocked upon reaching rank 10 with the assault kit. The weapon's high magazine capacity of 60 rounds make 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.
The Hellriegel only comes with 120 rounds (including the 60 in the starting magazine), meaning that running out of ammunition is a common problem. Playing near support classes that often drop ammo crates alleviates this problem.
- 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.