The MG34 is a German machine gun designed by Heinrich Vollmer in 1934. It fires 7.92x57mm 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.
In Battlefield Heroes, the MG34 under the name "The Landmaker" is an available weapon for National Army Gunners. It was released as a part of the World War II theme map Inland Invasion like D-Day or Normandy. The weapon itself is basically just another reskin of the "Uber Default MG" with added recoil and better critical hit damage.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: VietnamEdit
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the MG34 is mounted on North Vietnamese Army (NVA) vehicles, specifically the GAZ-69 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 U.S. Army UH-1 Iroquois as the NVA lacks its own helicopter.
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The MG 34 is a medium machine gun 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 has the lowest default rate of fire of all Medium Machine Guns at 670 RPM and as such has a comparatively low time to kill, however this is mitigated by also having the lowest per-shot recoil in class. Its moderate fire rate can be beneficial - in addition to helping to conserve ammo, as 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. Despite its innate precision, as with all other MMG, the MG 34 has very low accuracy when fired from the hip, greatly incentivizing 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 0.55 to 0.44 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.
MG 34 TripodEdit
The MG 34 Tripod is a stationary weapon used by Germany in the singleplayer. A version with a gunshield appears in multiplayer as the standard stationary MG of the German faction, counterpart to the United Kingdom's Vickers.
Vehicle Mounted MG 34Edit
The MG 34 is a common passenger weapon on Germany's ground vehicles such as the Sd. Kfz.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. The MG 17 used by defensive gunners on the Stuka and Ju-88 uses the same model as the MG 34, but with a higher rate of fire and muzzle velocity.