L3A1 (7.62 mm)

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L3A1 (7.62 mm)
Weapon L3A1 7.62mm.jpg
General characteristics
7.62 mmCalibre
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minRate of fire
835 - 944 m/sMuzzle velocity
10 mm Maximum penetration


The L3A1 is the post-war British designation for the American M1919A4 Browning .30 calibre machine gun, when used in a fixed mounting (flexible mount guns are designated L3A2). The L3A1 is used as the co-axial machine gun on many British post-war tanks. As the gun is simply the British designation for the M1919A4 Browning it's performance is absolutely identical to it's american counterpart. Being only a 7.62mm machine gun it is largely ineffective against all but the most weakly armoured, or open cabin, vehicles.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

The L3A1 is used as the co-axial (and occasionally turret mounted) machine gun on many British tanks from Rank 4 - Rank 6, including:

General info

The gun is the British designation for the M1919A4 Browning so performs identically to it.

Available shells

The L3A1 can only be equipped with one ammo belt consisting of one Armour Piercing (AP) bullet, followed by one Tracer bullet. Neither bullet has much penetration (maximum of 10mm), however the AP bullet performs much better than the tracer bullet.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1,000m 1,450m 1,500m
AP 10 9 7 4 1 0
T 5 4 2 1 0.1 0
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
AP 835 0.0108 N/A N/A N/A  ??°  ??°  ??°  ??°
T 944 0.0095 N/A N/A N/A  ??°  ??°  ??°  ??°

Comparison with analogues

The L3A1 performs identically to the M1919A4 Browning. Due to the low penetration of 7.62mm, and similar, non are very effective against armoured vehicles, making rate of fire the main differentiating factor.

Usage in the battles

Due to the very low penetration this weapon it is largely ineffective against enemy armour (although you may be able to penetrate some vehicles with extremely thing armour). The gun is primarily useful for incapacitating exposed crew members in open topped vehicles (although there are few such vehicles at the battle ratings this gun is found at). The gun can also be used for ranging on some vehicles, as well as marking enemy vehicles and obscuring the view of enemy players (shooting at their gun sight). You can use the gun against aircraft however it does minimal damage, and being co-axially mounted on most tanks can often not be brought / kept on target against aircraft.

Pros and cons


  • Decent Rate of Fire


  • Low penetration makes it ineffective against armour
  • Generally low damage

Historical part

Main article: M1919A4 (7.62 mm)

The L3A1 is the Commonwealth (used by Britain, Canada and Australia) designation for the M1919A4 Browning machine gun, itself one of the prolific machine guns of the 20th century. First entering service in 1919 the M1919 versions of the M191 have served in many wars including World War 2, Korean War, the Vietnam War, and is still in service today with some countries.


An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

Read also


Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum
  • page on the Wikipedia
  • page on aircraft or gorund forces encyclopedia
  • other literature

Tank machine guns
USA  7.62 mm: M1919A4 · M37 · M60D · M73 · M240
  12.7 mm: M2HB · M85 · M8C
Germany  7.62 mm: MG 3A1 · FN MAG 60-40
  7.92 mm: MG 13 Dreyse · MG 34 · MG 42 · vz.37
USSR  7.62 mm: DT · Maxim · SGMT · PKT · RP-46
  12.7 mm: DK · DShK · NSVT
  14.5 mm: KPVT
Britain  7.62 mm: L3A1 · L8A1 · L8A2 · L37A1 · L37A2 · L94A1
  7.7 mm: Vickers
  7.92 mm: BESA
  12.7 mm: L21A1
Japan  6.5 mm: Type 91
  7.62 mm: Type 74
  7.7 mm: Type 97
  12.7 mm: Type 60 (B)
Italy  7.62 mm Beretta MG 42/59
  8 mm: Breda Mod. 38
France  7.5 mm: MAC 31 · AAT-52
  7.62 mm: AAN-F1