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Vickers Gun Machine Gun

Country of OriginUnited Kingdom
TypeMachine Gun
Caliber7.700 mm
Capacity250 rounds
Length1,100.000 mm
Barrel Length720.000 mm
Weight13.000 kg
Rate of Fire450 rounds/min
Range740 m


ww2dbaseThe Vickers medium machine guns, sometimes Vickers guns for short, were designed from the Maxim machine guns of the late 1800s by the weapons firm Vickers, which were adopted by the British Army as the standard machine guns on 26 Nov 1912, although the Maxim machine guns remained in use through WW1. In 1916, both British and French air forces were using the Vickers medium machine guns as their standard aircraft weapons. Although the design were decades old by the WW2-era, these weapons were considered highly reliable, and significant numbers remained in use with British and Common Wealth forces.

The Vickers medium machine guns weighed 11-kg to 13-kg, but the overall weight often increased to over 20-kg after the addition of tripods. A typical Vickers medium machine gun crew consisted of six to eight men, a somewhat large number necessitated by the heavy weight of the guns, tripods, and ammunition. In addition to being used by the infantry, some British tanks, particularly early WW2 models, mounted them as secondary weapons. Some of these weapons were also used as anti-aircraft machine guns.

Most users of the Vickers medium machine guns retired them from active use by 1968, though some countries chose to keep them in active reserve currently, such as the forces of India, Pakistan, and Nepal.

Source: Wikipedia.


Last Major Revision: Oct 2008

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Vickers machine gun crew of the British 1st Manchester Regiment, Malaya, 17 Oct 1941Alice Minge at the John Inglis and Company factory for Vickers machine guns in Toronto, Canada, 1940sEileen Dagg working on .303 Vickers machine gun parts at the John Inglis and Company factory in Toronto, Canada, May 1944Vickers machine guns of 2nd Middlesex Regiment, British 3rd Division firing in support of troops crossing the Meuse-Escaut (Maas-Schelde) Canal at Lille-St. Hubert, Belgium, 20 Sep 1944
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Vickers machine gun crew of the British 1st Manchester Regiment, Malaya, 17 Oct 1941
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