MG 131 (13 mm)

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Description

The MG 131 (German: Maschinengewehr 131, or Machine gun 131) is a 13 mm German machine gun. This machine gun was developed for the Luftwaffe in 1938 and was in full production by Rheinmetall-Borsig from 1940 to 1945. This machine gun was one of the smallest machine guns produced by any nation in this calibre and due to its lighter weight and fast rate of fire, it replaced many 7.92 mm machine guns already installed in German fighters. This 13 mm machine gun provided the punch against armoured Allied aircraft (bombers especially) which the 7.92 mm machine guns had virtually no effect against.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters 
Bf 109  Bf 109 G-6 · Bf 109 G-10 · Bf 109 G-14 · ▄Bf 109 G-14/AS · Bf 109 K-4
Fw 190  Fw 190 A-8 · ▃Fw 190 A-8 · NC.900 · Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · Fw 190 F-8
Twin-engine fighters 
Do 217  Do 217 J-1 (Defensive) · Do 217 J-2 (Defensive) · Do 217 N-1 (Defensive)
Ju-388  Ju 388 J (Defensive)
Me 410A  Me 410 A-1 (Defensive) · Me 410 A-1/U2 (Defensive) · Me 410 A-1/U4 (Defensive)
Me 410B  Me 410 B-1 · Me 410 B-1/U2 · Me 410 B-2/U4 (Defensive) · Me 410 B-6/R3 (Defensive)
Bombers 
BV 238  BV 238 (Defensive)
Do 217  Do 217 E-2 (Defensive) · Do 217 E-4 (Defensive) · Do 217 K-1 (Defensive) · Do 217 M-1 (Defensive)
He 111  He 111 H-16 (Defensive)
He 177  He 177 A-5 (Defensive)
Ju 288  Ju 288 C (Defensive)
Me 264  Me 264 (Defensive)

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Aircraft machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  Browning · M134 Minigun
12.7 mm  Browning M2 · Browning M3
Germany 
7.62 mm  MG 3
7.92 mm  MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81
12.7 mm  FN M3P
13.0 mm  MG 131
USSR 
7.62 mm  DA · PV-1 · ShKAS
12.7 mm  Berezin UB · A-12.7 · YaK-B
Britain 
7.7 mm  Lewis · Vickers E · Vickers K · Browning .303
Japan 
Army 
7.7 mm  Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 special
7.92 mm  Type 98
12.7 mm  Ho-103 · Ho-104
Navy 
7.7 mm  Type 92 · Type 97
13.0 mm  Type 2
13.2 mm  Type 3
Italy 
7.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm)
7.92 mm  FN Browning
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm) · Scotti M1933
France 
7.5 mm  Mle 33 · Darne 1933 · Mle 1923 · FN Browning Mle 38 · MAC 1934
7.62 mm  PKA