MG 15 machine gun file photo [27141]

MG 15 Machine Gun

Country of OriginGermany
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber7.900 mm
Capacity75 rounds
Length1,078.000 mm
Barrel Length690.000 mm
Weight12.400 kg
Rate of Fire1000 rounds/min
Muzzle Velocity755 m/s


ww2dbaseThe MG 15 machine guns were developed from the German firm Rheinmetall's MG 30 design. A WW1-era machine gun design by Bergmann also had the designation of MG 15nA and that earlier weapon was often called MG 15 for short; these two designs were unrelated. The Rheinmetall MG 15 machine guns were very commonly used on German military aircraft at the start of WW2. They were typically mounted on flexible mounts as defensive armament, and were fed from double drums each holding 75 rounds of 7.92x57mm Mauser ammunition. In late 1940, the MG 15 machine guns began to be replaced by other machine guns or autocannons, and some of the MG 15 machine guns were reassigned to infantry units. Ground-conversion MG 15 machine guns were usually equipped with bipods. According to official records, by 1 Jan 1944, 17,648 MG 15 machine guns were converted for ground use; more units might had been converted by the end of the war.

The MG 15 design was sold to Japan, where weapons were license built under the designation Type 98 in the Japanese Army and Type 1 in the Japanese Navy.

Source: Wikipedia


Last Major Revision: Oct 2017


MG 15 machine gun aboard a He 111 bomber, date unknown

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