The Bergmann Model 1915 n.A. (German: neue Art; English: New Model) is a German air-cooled Machine Gun used during World War I. Lighter and more compact than the Maxim machine gun, the MG15 went through several design iterations until the n.A. model was accepted by the Imperial German Army in 1916 to meet troop demands for a lighter machine gun. Filling a role in the German arsenal similar to the Allies' Lewis Gun, the MG 15 was generally less reliable in the field than its counterparts, usually overheating after firing 300 rounds. The MG 15 was put out of production with the end of the Great War in 1918.
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The MG15 n.A. is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1 for the Support kit. The weapon suffers from overheating from firing continuously for 35 rounds. Afterwards, the weapon's rate of fire will be significantly reduced before finally being unable to fire for a short amount of time.
One advantage of this gun is that it has the fastest muzzle velocity of all the Light Machine Guns and the second fastest of all guns at 870 m/s, just 10 m/s under the Gewehr 98's 880 m/s. This makes it a good weapon for suppressing targets at any range, though its slow time to kill means that it may have difficulty killing targets at long range.
Three variants of the weapon are available in multiplayer: Low Weight, Storm and Suppressive.
The Low Weight variant features iron sights and higher spread and recoil decrease along with a bipod.
The MG15 n.A. Storm variant is equipped with a foregrip, allowing for better recoil control although it lacks a bipod.
The Suppressive variant features double the ammunition, a bipod, and an optic as its default sight, allowing superior long-range accuracy when set-up.
The weapon's main asset is its huge magazine and ammo reserves. While it is not the most powerful or accurate LMG, the user can fire it continuously with little regard for their rounds left in reserve, especially with the Suppressive variant. It is effective against Planes due to its high bullet velocity and extreme magazine size, allowing the user to deal serious sustained damage to enemy fighters and bombers that may present an easy target.
- The Suppressive variant of the MG15 n.A. was originally known as the MG15 n.A Suppressor. The name was likely changed to avoid confusion with the sound suppressor, which the variant does not have.
- The optic on the Suppressive variant clips through the barrel-mounted carry handle during reloading.
- The MG15 n.A is shown using disintegrating-links for its ammunition belt when firing. This is inaccurate for the time period as many belt-fed WW1-era machine guns mainly utilized fabric belts for feeding of ammunition, which is shown accurately with the addition of the Parabellum MG14/17.