What infantry machine gun can fire the fastest?

Jul 2016
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USA
#3
Since you clarify infantry, I'll discount the M134 Minigun, since that's vehicle mounted and not standard on any infantry vehicle.

It was probably the MG 42V, which could get up to 1,500 rpm, depending on conditions of weapon and ammo.
 

tomar

Ad Honoris
Jan 2011
13,365
#4
Impressive

But checking on more detail, its only a theoretical rate.... As I understand the max load they ever achieved in test conditions was 24 000 (but for that they needed 1600 barrels) , which is not bad but very far from 1 million..... Once the 24 000 are fired, you need to reload which is not a fast process.... The one in your video is 180 rounds only... Plus it just fires straight ahead and cannot be rotated.....
Note that at roughly 10 grams per bullet, 1 million bullets would be 10 000 kg or 10 tons..... Not much use for a gun using up to 10 tons of ammo in a minute (if that rate could be achieved)

The ammo / reload issue is the main limiting point for most of these weapons....
 
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Nemowork

Ad Honorem
Jan 2011
8,356
South of the barcodes
#6
Theres also the Vickers K aircraft gun that was dismounted and used by the LRDG and SAS which could go up to 1200 rpm.

They were mostly used for raiding though, get in, lay down a psychologically disturbing rate of fire and disappear before the target has a chance to change his underwear. They were fitted with 100 rd drums so werent really suitable for sustained fire and mounted on vehicles, the ground troops werenty allowed them.

Vickers K machine gun - Wikipedia

theres also oddities like the stinger, a Browning .30 calibre aircraft MG that had been recovered from wrecks and turned into an infantry gun, those could get up to 1350 rpm but were strictly improvised.
AS SEEN ON TV: THE ONLY STINGER MACHINE GUN IN EXISTENCE - Calibremag.ca

Theres also the MG15 which topped out at about 1050rpm and was a GErman aircraft machinegun in 7.92mm that had become obsolescent for airgunners but could be fitted with a butt and given to Luftwaffe ground troops.
MG 15 - Wikipedia

Noticing a trend here?