The Hotchkiss Mle. 1909 machine gun was a French designed light machine gun of the early 20th century, developed and built by Hotchkiss et Cie. The weapon made use of distinct 30-round strip magazines in addition to more common belts.
The weapon was also manufactured in the USA, under the name Benét Mercié M1909 and chambered in .30-06 Springfield.
The model 1909 was the third in a series of machine guns produced by Hotchkiss, and was followed by the Hotchkiss M1914 that saw wide use on vehicles.
The M1909 Benét-Mercié is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1.
The M1909 Benét-Mercié is one of the several weapons equipping the Harlem Hellfighters during the campaign prologue, Storm of Steel. The Trench Clearer is a weapon skin unlocked for use in multiplayer upon completing the singleplayer campaign.
The M1909 is a relatively accurate and controllable weapon. It retains much of its damage over distance but like other light machine guns, the first few shots fired are highly inaccurate. This is resolved by firing continuously, which improves the weapon's accuracy over time. Due to a relatively small magazine of 30, however, it is advised to constantly replenish ammunition and reload whenever possible. The reload of the M1909 is very quick compared to other LMGs though this is offset by a somewhat slower rate of fire.
Three variants of the M1909 Benét-Mercié are featured in multiplayer for the Support kit: Optical, Storm, and Telescopic.
The M1909 Benét-Mercié Storm variant is operated with a foregrip attachment and iron sights. Like all Light Machine Guns in Battlefield 1, the M1909 has the ability to equip Anti-Aircraft sights in place of normal iron sights.
The M1909 Benét-Mercié Telescopic variant is fitted with a tripod for supported shooting, in addition to a medium-power scope. This grants the weapon superior accuracy at a distance compared to its other versions.
The M1909 Benét-Mercié Optical variant is fitted-with a foregrip and a medium-powered scope. It also has lower spread increase per shot than other variants.
The weapon is best-suited towards elimination of targets at medium to long ranges, as it boasts high velocity, low damage falloff and minimal spread when the user is aiming down sights, as well as optical/telescopic variants and the ability to switch to semi-auto fire mode making it effective for precise shots at range. This is offset by its relatively slow rate of fire and poor hip accuracy, reducing its effectiveness at closer ranges.