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Not to be confused with the Selbstlader 1906

The Selbstlader-Karabiner M1916 (English: Autoloader carbine M1916), also known as the Mauser M1916 was the final iteration of a series of semi-automatic rifles produced by the Mauser company in Germany prior to World War I. Development of the weapon began in 1898 with the Mauser Recoil-Operated Rifle and was gradually altered and improved upon past the turn of the century. At the beginning of the great war, the design that would become the M1916 was rejected by the Army, but ultimately adopted by the German Air Corps as an aviator's rifle - the main armament of aircraft before the advent of synchronized machine guns. The M1916 utilized a relatively unusual delayed blowback system of operation.

Although the weapon had a generous magazine capacity of 25 rounds and high mechanical accuracy, its many shortcomings quickly became apparent. Its need for lubricated ammunition and its frequent malfunctions when exposed to the slightest amount of dirt prevented it from reaching the trenches, but its high manufacturing cost also made it less suitable in the air when compared to the cheaper Mondragón rifle. As a result, only about 1000 of these rifles were obtained by the German army, and both rifles were phased out as aircraft machine guns became commonplace.

Battlefield 1Edit

This item has a Codex entry: Selbstlader M1916
This item has a Codex entry: Elite Selbstlader M1916
"Originally designated for use on planes, this German semi-automatic rifle is known for its high accuracy."

— In-game Description

The Selbstlader M1916 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1 for the Medic kit. It made its first appearance during the Gamescom Livestream event hosted by EA. The weapon features a high magazine capacity but a relatively slow rate of fire and substantial recoil. The rate of fire is slow enough that the weapon is at a distinct disadvantage at very short ranges. All of this encourages taking slow, aimed shots and taking down each enemy methodically. The weapon is a reliable 3-shot kill at any range and it is quite possible to take down multiple enemies from an unseen position before having to reload.

Furthermore, possibly alluding to its use on airplanes, the M1916 is quite proficient at doing damage to aircraft because of its large magazine. The Attack Plane and Fighter, in particular, are extremely vulnerable to damage from this weapon - aiming for the wings can often cause a plane to crash if it is too low.


Selbstlader M1916 Factory variant is the standard semi-automatic rifle of Imperial German Army. It can be looted of killed German riflemen in Through Mud and Blood and Friends In High Places. The Optical variant can be picked up from weapon crates in Avanti Savoia! and Nothing Is Written.


Three variants of the weapon are featured in multiplayer: Factory, Optical and Marksman.


"This basic self-loading rifle pattern regains accuracy more quickly due to lower weight."

— In-game Description

The Selbstlader M1916 Factory is the default variant of the weapon. That factor makes this weapon great at long ranges because of its magazine capacity and accuracy.


"Equipped with a lens sight and vertical fore grip, this self-loading rifle pattern offers improved aimed accuracy."

— In-game Description

The Selbstlader M1916 Optical is equipped with a magnified lens sight and a foregrip, allowing for better mid-to-long range engagements and increased aimed accuracy.


"Equipped with a telescopic sight and vertical fore grip, this self-loading rifle pattern improves aimed accuracy while stationary."

— In-game Description

The Selbstlader M1916 Marksman variant is equipped with a medium power telescopic sight and a foregrip. Its higher magnification sight grants better accuracy at long-range engagements.


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Battlefield VEdit

"The Selbstlader 1916 was an early German semi-automatic rifle whose sensitivity to field conditions made it more popular with the German air force than its army. Only 1000 were ever made."

— In-game description

The Selbstlader 1916 is a weapon featured in Battlefield V. It was revealed as part of the "Road to Battlefield V" promotional event for Battlefield 1.

The weapon is unlocked at Assault rank 16. Similar in statistics to the Gewehr 43, the Selbstlader is a three body shot kill at all ranges and a two shot kill when one is a headshot - muzzle velocity is also consistent between the two semi-autos, and per-shot recoil is slightly less with the Gewehr 43. As such the weapon performs best during long distance engagements, as its low damage drop off is balanced by having the lowest rate of fire in class at 225 RPM, which makes the weapon generally unsuited towards close range combat. Despite this, the other key strengths of the weapon, namely is its use of detachable magazines and a large ammunition capacity of 25+1 rounds per magazine, the second largest default mag size in its category, allows for a higher amount of sustained fire than the Gewehr 43 and most other semi-autos, and can be a useful asset when facing multiple opponents at once.

Of the two paths on the weapon's Specialization web, the right side enhances accuracy with the weapon in various postures, while the left side specifically addresses the rifle's main weaknesses through provision of Recoil Buffer, which reduces initial recoil to 1.44 and per-shot recoil from 0.13 to 0.104, and Trigger Job, with a boosted rate that is still lower than all other semi-autos. In addition the weapon's already considerable performance at range can be improved with High Velocity Bullets and Bipod, the latter of which is a unique upgrade amongst the semi-auto rifles class.


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