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MG81

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The MG 81 was a German belt-fed flexible-mount machine gun, generally replacing the MG 15 as a defensive aircraft weapon. The MG 81 was developed by Mauser as a derivative of their successful MG 34 infantry machine gun; developed in 1938/1939, it was in production from 1940 to 1945. Some were setup for infantry use later in the war.

MG 81

MG 81 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 81 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 81 converted for ground use - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 81 converted for ground use - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Specifications

(1940 - 1945)

  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Length: 38 in (96.5 cm) with flash hider
  • Barrel Length: 18.7 in (47.5 cm)
  • Weight: 14.3 lbs (6.5 kg)
  • Rate of Fire: 1400-1600 rounds per minute
  • Capacity: Belt-fed

The MG 81 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Battle of Stalingrad (Stalingradskaya bitva), Part I Mounted on Ju 88 A; documentary footage 1949
Into the White Mounted in a Heinkel He 111 bomber 2012

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Hidden & Dangerous 2 MG 81 Mounted on plane 2003
Call of Duty: WWII MG 81 Added in "Operation Shamrock & Awe" update, converted for ground usage 2017


MG 81Z

The twin-mount MG 81Z (the Z suffix stands for Zwilling, meaning "twin") was introduced in 1942. It paired up two of the weapons on one mount to provide even more firepower with a maximum rate of fire of 3200 rounds per minute, without requiring much more space than a standard machine gun. The MG 81Z was also used in several rather unique setups, such as the Giesskanne ("watering can") gunpod used on Ju 87s and Ju 88s, which featured three guns (six barrels) per pod, thus with two gunpods (twelve barrels) giving a combined rate of fire of 19200 rounds per minute.

MG 81Z - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Specifications

(1942 - 1945)

  • Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Length: 38 in (96.5 cm) with flash hider
  • Barrel Length: 18.7 in (47.5 cm)
  • Weight: 28.4 lbs (12.9 kg)
  • Rate of Fire: 2800-3200 rounds per minute
  • Capacity: Belt-fed

The MG 81Z and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Raiders of the Lost Ark Karen Allen Marion Ravenwood Fitted with non-typical flash hiders and MG 15 Doppeltrommel saddle drum and sights. 1981


Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Enlisted Mounted in various planes 2021



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