The MG34 is a German machine gun designed by Heinrich Vollmer in 1934. It fires 7.92×57mm Mauser ammunition at a rate of approximately 850 rounds per minute. It was often mounted onto vehicles; German tanks would use them as co-axial machine guns. They also found use as anti-air guns due to their extremely high rate of fire. Soviet and French forces captured many during World War II, and through trading, found their way into use by the Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese forces.
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The Landmaker is a weapon featured in Battlefield Heroes for the National Army Gunner kit. It was released as a part of the World War II themed map Inland Invasion. The weapon functions in a similar manner to the Uber Default MG but with added recoil and better critical hit damage. Its counterpart for the Royal Army is The Anchor Drop and is statistically and functionally identical.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the MG34 is mounted on North Vietnamese Army (NVA) vehicles, specifically the G69 and T-54. It provides a very high rate of fire, of 900 rounds per minute, and as such is very effective against light targets. It is issued specifically to NVA vehicles to be used as an anti-aircraft weapon to counter the US Army UH-1 Iroquois as the NVA lacks its own helicopter.
In Battlefield V, the MG 34 appears as a an infantry weapon, a stationary weapon and a vehicle-based weapon.
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The MG 34 is one of two medium machine guns initially available, along with the MG 42. Its weapon category cannot be aimed with the sights when not supported by a bipod, and as such is best used from a stationary position in cover or when prone.
The MG 34, along with all weapons in its category, uses the generic LMG/MMG damage model of a minimum four body shot and maximum seven shot kill. The weapon itself has one of the lowest default fire rates of all Medium Machine Guns at 670 RPM resulting in a comparatively long time to kill. This is mitigated somewhat by its moderate per-shot recoil, which in unison with the fire rate can assist with accuracy at medium range, as well as ammo conservation - at a higher fire rate the default belt size of 50 rounds could otherwise be quickly depleted. The weapon is capable of expending a full 50 round belt in one continuous burst without overheating. The MG 34 therefore has greater shot consistency than its counterparts due to its lower recoil buildup during sustained fire. As with most other MMGs, the MG 34 has very low accuracy when fired from the hip, and has very high recoil for the first five shots in a burst. Its long TTK and innate imprecision as a portable weapon greatly incentivizes bipod use.
Specializations for the weapon generally either aim to address ammunition capacity and reduce recoil. The left side of the tree, with its combination of Recoil Buffer, Flashless Propellant and Light Bolt provide modest buffs in several areas, such as reducing vertical recoil from 1.372 to 1.100 and boosting fire rate to 770 RPM. The right is similar, with High Velocity Bullets, Chrome Lining and Ported Barrel increasing bullet velocity from the MMG standard 740 m/s to 870 m/s and reducing horizontal recoil by nearly half. At rank 3, players are offered a choice between the Double Drum Magazine and Extended Belt specializations. Both increase ammunition capacity; the former, by implementing what is effectively a detachable magazine, boosting per-reload capacity to 75 rounds and slightly shortening full reloads; the latter, by doubling belt length to 100 rounds. As Chrome Lining must be applied before the Double Drums the MG 34 can again empty the full 75 round magazine without overheating.
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In addition to its appearance as a man-portable MMG, two emplaced versions of the MG 34 are shown in-game, known as the Stationary MG34 (labelled also as MG34 Tripod).
The shieldless tripod-mounted variant of the Stationary MG34 is the variant most commonly found in singleplayer. It appears in all the War Stories, where it is used within German outposts and fortifications. Pintle-mounted versions can also be found in watchtowers and pillboxes, such as the ones guarding Schanze 66 in the first act of Tirailleur.
The singleplayer variant of the Stationary MG34 is also found in Combined Arms.
The Stationary MG34 is the standard stationary MG of the German multiplayer faction, counterpart to the United Kingdom's Vickers. It appears pre-constructed on various multiplayer maps, but can also be built in specific areas by German Support players as part of the Fortifications system.
In multiplayer, the weapon has a gunshield attached that is impenetrable to all smalls arms except for the Boys AT Rifle and Panzerbüchse 39. These weapons as well as explosive gadgets and vehicle ordnance can damage and destroy the emplacement. Stationary MG34s can be repaired using the Repair Tool and rebuilt by Supports when destroyed. It cannot be towed by vehicles.
The Stationary MG34 has a higher rate of fire than the British Vickers gun, but overheats more quickly and has noticeably higher bullet dispersion during sustained fire.
Vehicle Mounted MG 34
The MG 34 is a common passenger weapon on Germany's ground vehicles such as the Sd. Kf. 251 Halftrack and Kubelwagen. Tanks like the Panzer IV and Tiger I also have multiple MG 34s; the driver, with a turret-mounted coaxial, the hull gunner and the top gunner with a pintle mount.