MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)

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This page is about the French machine gun MAC 1934 (7.5 mm). For the other version, see MAC 1934T (7.5 mm).

Description

The MAC 1934 is the main machine gun used on French WW2-era aircraft, and the machine gun example of quantity over quality. The stopping power of a single bullet is lower than even most other rifle-caliber machine guns, however it makes up for that by having a shredding fire rate of 1,450 RPM and being equipped with large amounts of ammo. The gun is mostly mounted in 2 pairs, making the planes fitted with it a force to be reckoned with in the skies.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters  C.R.714 · D.371 · D.500 · D.501 · Pallier's D.510 · D.510C · D.520 · ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
  M.B.152C1 · M.S.405C1 · M.S.406C1 · M.S.410 · Mörkö-Morane · V.G.33C-1
Twin-engine fighters  Potez 630 (Defensive) · Potez 631*
Strike aircraft  Br.693AB2
Bombers  ▄DB-7* · F.222.2 (Defensive) · LeO 451 early* · LeO 451 late* · M.B.162 (Defensive) · M.B.174A-3* · N.C.223.3 (Defensive) · Potez 633*
  * Machine gun used in both offensive and defensive roles

General info

As mentioned previously, the MAC gun comes up very short regarding raw per-bullet damage, even compared to other rifle calibre machine guns. This is primarily due to its small cartridge of 7.5 mm, slightly smaller than the tier's common 7.62, 7.7, 7.92 and 8 mm rounds of other nations. While this difference may seem minor and trivial to some, it's big enough to create a very noticeable deficiency in short bursts. However, what the MAC lacks in stopping power, it makes up for in its good accuracy, solid muzzle velocity, and blistering rate of fire of 1,450 rounds-per-minute. Although players are often gifted with a very large ammunition capacity, they may find themselves running dry quicker than expected due to this fire rate, requiring an emphasis on accuracy in sustained bursts in order to make the most out of the guns.

Available ammunition

  • Default: T · Ball · Ball · Ball · I · AP
  • Universal: T · AP · AP · I · I
  • Tracers: I-T · I-T · I-T · I-T
  • Stealth: AP · AP · I

Comparison with analogues

Comparable machine guns to MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)
Name Year of Creation Mass Rounds Per Minute Ammunition Feed Type
Browning (7.62 mm) 1919 14 kg 600 RPM 7.62 x 63 mm Belt
Type 92 navy (7.7 mm) 1932 8 kg 600 RPM 7.7 x 56 mm R Drum
Darne 1933 (7.5 mm) 1916 8.4 kg 1,100 RPM 7.5 x 54 mm MAS Belt
Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm) 1935 12.5 kg 850 RPM 7.7 x 56 mm R Belt
MG 17 (7.92 mm) 1934 10.2 kg 1,150 RPM 7.92 x 57 mm Belt
ShKAS (7.62 mm) 1932 10.5 kg 1,800 RPM 7.62 x 54 mm R Belt
MAC 1934 (7.5 mm) 1934 10.7 kg 1,450 RPM 7.5 x 54 mm MAS Belt/Magazine

Usage in battles

The MAC 1934 fares well in the early BRs. As a fast-firing machine gun, on fighters always mounted in 2 pairs, it has a damage output that slightly exceeds most other guns at its BR (a notable exception being the Italian Breda SAFAT 12.7mm). The fire rate enables it to destroy enemies in medium bursts of fire, assuming most bullets hit the target. The relatively quick overheating requires the pilot to have some restraint, as nearing the overheating limit jams out some of the guns. This will not completely take your firepower out, but it will be severely limited when 2 or more guns get jammed.

The fights against bombers and fighters with this gun usually require different strategies. Bombers usually take a long time to take down through brute destruction (especially considering they may return fire from rear-turrets), however taking out the crew is rather easy if you get the right angle. Against fighters you will rarely rip off a wing, but in this case the ignition of engines and again the pilot are the best target to go for. Hitting these parts is quite effective, and medium bursts with short intervals will usually only improve the ability to take down single-engine planes.

A pilot using the MAC will however need to consider that the ammo, although not low is pretty limited (especially on the earlier users of this MG) due to its fire rate, and - although not as bad as the early nose-mounted Hispano 404 - will require some tactical knowledge regarding ammo expenditure. The reload time is pretty quick however, so in Arcade Battles reloading between fights is recommended.

Though not blessed with the Air-targets belt of the .50-cals, the MAC still has some valuable belts, with the Stealth and Tracer belts performing quite well.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast firing rifle-caliber gun of its era
  • Incredibly high ammunition capacity
  • Very solid terminal ballistics; solid accuracy and muzzle velocity
  • Large ammo capacity and amazing fire rate results in a nigh-unmatched ability to saturate an area
  • Relatively harder to jam compared to contemporaries

Cons:

  • Lackluster damage, even for a rifle-caliber gun
  • No Air Targets ammunition belt
  • Despite the impressive ammo capacity, the guns can quickly run out of ammo due to its high fire rate

History

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See also

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Aircraft machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  Browning · M134 Minigun
12.7 mm  M2 Browning · M3 Browning
Germany 
7.62 mm  MG3
7.92 mm  MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81
12.7 mm  FN M3P
13 mm  MG 131
USSR 
7.62 mm  DA · GShG-7.62 · PV-1 · ShKAS
12.7 mm  A-12.7 · Berezin UB · YaK-B
Britain 
7.62 mm  L8A1
7.7 mm  Browning · Vickers E · Vickers K
Japan 
7.7 mm  Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 'special' · Type 92 · Type 97 navy
7.92 mm  Type 1 · Type 98
12.7 mm  Ho-103 · Ho-104
13 mm  Type 2
13.2 mm  Type 3
China 
12.7 mm  QJK99-12.7-1
Italy 
7.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · Lewis
7.92 mm  FN Browning
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · FN M3M · Scotti
France 
7.5 mm  Darne 1933 · Fabrique Nationale Mle 38 · FN Browning · MAC 1934 · MAC 1934T · Mle 33 · Mle 1923
7.62 mm  PKA
Sweden 
7.7 mm  FN-Browning M.36 No.3
8 mm  Ksp m/22 · Ksp m/22 Fh · Ksp m/22 Fv · Ksp m/22-37 R
12.7 mm  Akan m/39A · Akan m/40 · Akan m/45 · LKk/42
13.2 mm  Akan m/39 · Akan m/39A