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Vickers K machine gun

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Vickers GO No. 1 Mk I - .303 British
Vickers GO No. 2 Mk I - .303 British

The Vickers Class K, or simply Vickers K, is a British aircraft machine gun; it was designated Vickers GO No. 1 Mk I in British military service, with "GO" standing for "Gas-Operated". Originally developed from the Vickers-Berthier machine gun, its high rate of fire was necessary as aircraft gunners had shorter windows of opportunity to shoot at other aircraft. Eventually phased out of service by the RAF in favor of the Browning M1919, the guns found new life mounted to the raiding vehicles of the Long Range Desert Group and Special Air Service, who liked its higher rate of fire and larger magazine capacity compared to the Bren. Surplus guns were also adopted by the Royal Navy to replace Lewis Guns on light craft.

Later in the war the gun was developed into an infantry portable variant, the Vickers GO No. 2 Mk I. The No. 2 replaced the rear spade-style pistol grip with a stock, added a more traditional pistol grip below the gun, a small wood handguard or Bren carry handle (both existed) in front of that, as well as a bipod and new sights. This variant was primarily intended for second-line units like those protecting RAF airfields, though they also found their way into frontline combat service with various recon and commando units later in the war.



  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Caliber: .303 British
  • Weight: 29.5 lbs (13.4 kg)
  • Length: 40 in (101.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 20.8 in (52.9 cm)
  • Feed system: 60/100-round pan magazine
  • Fire modes: Full-Auto
  • Cyclic rate of fire: 950-1200 rounds per minute

The Vickers K machine gun 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
633 Squadron RAF airmen twin AA mount 1964
Billion Dollar Brain twin mounted on tankers 1967
Play Dirty British soldiers twin mounted on Jeep 1969
Sahara (1995) British LRDG soldiers twin mount on Jeep 1995
Dunkirk twin mount on British Motor Torpedo Boats 2017


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
SAS Rogue Heroes Mounted to SAS Jeeps, ep 5-6 2022

Video Game

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Forgotten Hope 2 Dual-mounted on Willys MB Jeep 2005
Call of Duty 3 Dual-mounted on Willys MB Jeep 2006
Men of War 2009
Company of Heroes 2 Vickers GO No. 2 2013
Squad 44: Letters From The Front Single mount in passenger seat of UK Willys Jeep 2018
Battlefield V VGO Vickers GO No. 2 2018
Enlisted 2021
Enlisted Vickers GO No. 1 Mk I 2021
Vickers GO No. 2 Mk I
Aviators - War in The Skies Vickers GO No. 1 Mk I 2023


Title Character Notes Date
Strike Witches 2 Vickers GO No. 1 mounted on Willys MB jeep 2010

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