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MG 17

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MG 17 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 17 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
MG 17 with electric wires for wing gun mount - 7.92x57mm Mauser

The MG 17 is a German aircraft machine gun, developed as the fixed-mount sibling to the MG 15 flexible-mount machine gun. The MG 17 was the standard rifle-calibre armament of Luftwaffe aircraft during most of the 1930s and into mid-WWII, being phased out before the end of the war in favour of the 13mm MG 131. Two major changes from the MG 15 are conversion from open bolt to closed bolt firing, allowing for synchronized fire through the propeller arc, as well as converting from magazines to belt-feed. Despite these changes, like the MG 15 many were converted to infantry weapons after being withdrawn from aircraft service.


(Production: 1934 – 1944)

  • Type: Machine gun
  • Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
  • Caliber: 7.92mm
  • Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser
  • Weight: 22.5 lbs (10.2 kg)
  • Length: 46.3 in (117.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 23.6 in (60 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-fed
  • Rate of fire: 1200 rpm

The MG 17 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Above Us the Waves German sailors Ground fighting conversion 1955
A Clockwork Orange N/A Luftwaffe pilot Stock WWII combat footage 1971
Pearl Harbor N/A Luftwaffe pilots Mounted on Me 109s 2001
Lieutenant Suvorov German Luftwaffe Mounted on Ju 87 Stuka; mockups 2009
The Phobos (Fobos. Klub strakha) Mounted on turel 2009
Stalingrad Luftwaffe pilots mounted on Ju 87 2013


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
Bitch War (Suchya voyna) Nose-mounted on Bf 110; Seen in documentary footage 2014

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Hidden & Dangerous Mounted on Me 109, unusable 1999
Medal of Honor: Frontline Mounted on Me 109, unusable 2002
Medal of Honor: Allied Assault 2002
Hidden & Dangerous 2 2003
Battlefield Heroes Mounted on Me 109 2009
Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad Mounted on Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers, unusable 2011
Heroes & Generals Mounted in various airplanes 2016
Battlefield V Mounted in Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers 2018
Call of Duty: Vanguard Unusable; mounted on Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers 2021
Enlisted "7.92 mm MG 17 machine gun" Mounted on German aircraft 2021


Title Character Notes Date
Arcadia of My Youth Phantom F. Harlock II mounted to Messerschmitt Bf 109 1982
The Cockpit Ep. 1 "Slipstream"; mounted in Focke-Wulf Fw 190 1993
First Squad: The Moment of Truth mounted in Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers 2009
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Joseph Joestar Mounted in seaplane; S1E25, "The Birth of a Superbeing" 2012
Brave Witches Mounted in Bf 109 fighters 2016-2017
Sirius the Jaeger mounted in Junkers F 13 seaplane 2018
Strike Witches: Road to Berlin Mounted in Bf 109 fighters 2020


Title Character Notes Date
What If...? - Season 1 mounted on HYDRA fighter and Schnellzug EB912 train; "What If... Captain Carter Were The First Avenger?" (S1E01) 2021

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