The Carabine Mitrailleuse 1918 (English: Machine Carbine 1918), or simply the Ribeyrolles 1918, was an attempt to manufacture an automatic rifle for French forces. Named after its designer Ribeyrolles (who had previously worked on the Chauchat and the RSC 1917), it fired what is considered an intermediate cartridge (similar in capabilities to an assault rifle cartridge) at 550-600 rounds per minute. It was to be fitted with a bayonet and bipod, intended to be used in a supporting role similar to a light machine gun. It was never adopted by the French, partially because the usefulness of assault rifle-type weapons prior to WW2 was not known, but more likely due to the gun malfunctioning too frequently during tests.
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It is notable for being one of two Assault primaries with a bipod - the other being the Hellriegel 1915 Defensive - providing long range capability for the kit. Performance is otherwise similar to the MP 18, which has a larger magazine and better hipfire statistics.
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The Ribeyrolles 1918 is a weapon featured in Battlefield V. It was first seen during Battlefield V Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture Gameplay Sneak Peek livestream. It was given to all players who logged in to the game between December 18, 2018 and January 3, 2019, alongside the M1897. The weapon can now be unlocked using Company Coins.
Using the common Assault Rifle damage model along with the Sturmgewehr 1-5, StG 44 and M1907 SL, the Ribeyrolles differentiates itself with a lowest-in-class rate of fire and per-shot recoil. While sporting a slower than average time-to-kill in close quarters, the benefit of this is high controllability and accuracy characteristics in full-auto, which is complimented by the pre-attached bipod. These factors can extend effective range further than any other weapon in its category save for perhaps the Breda M1935 PG. The low rate of fire can also be considered a blessing in disguise, as it aids with ammo conservation when accounting for its moderate magazine capacity of 25 rounds. The accuracy means that increased-zoom optics such as the 3x magnification Medium Range Scope are a compelling choice for this weapon, improving long-ranged visibility and overall versatility. In general, the good accuracy but lower-than-average rate of fire means this gun is best suited for mid-long range combat.
The specialization tree can either improve weapon responsiveness in close quarters and when moving, or augment the weapon's already appreciable ranged capabilities. High Velocity Bullets, unlocked at right-side rank 3, increases muzzle velocity to 680 m/s, which is just behind category's statistical leader in the Breda M1935 PG.