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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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The '''L37A2''' is a British 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), it is an Enfield L7 GPMG with modifications to make it suitable for use as as a turret mounted machine gun on Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), in game it is found as the turret mounted machine gun for some British Rank 6 tanks. The Enfield L7 GPMG of which the [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L8A1]], [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)|L8A2]], [[L37A1 (7.62 mm)|L37A1]]and L37A2 are all variants, is itself a British licence-built version of the Belgian [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|FN MAG]] GPMG. As such the L37A2 performs identically to the [[L37A1 (7.62 mm)|L37A1]] and almost identically (having a slightly higher rate of fire) to the [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|FN MAG]], [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L8A1]] and [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)|L8A2]]. 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 ===
 
=== Vehicles equipped with this weapon ===
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The l37A2 is used as the roof mounted machine gun on the Challenger 1 series of tanks, these are:
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* [[Challenger Mk.2]]
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* [[Challenger Mk.3]]
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
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The L37A2 performs identically to the [[L37A1 (7.62 mm)|L37A1]] and has a slightly higher rate of fire than the [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|FN MAG]], [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L8A1]] and [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)|L8A2]].
  
 
=== Available shells ===
 
=== Available shells ===
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Like the the L8A1, L8A2 and L37A1, the L37A2 can only be equipped with one ammo belt consisting of two Armour Piercing (AP) bullets, followed by one Tracer (T) bullet. Neither bullet has much penetration (maximum of 10mm), however the AP bullet performs much better than the tracer bullet.
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
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|-
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! colspan="6" | '''Penetration''' '''''in mm''''' '''@ 90°'''
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|-
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! 10m
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! 100m
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! 500m
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! 2000m
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| AP || 10 || 9 || 7 || 4 || 1 || 0
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| T || 5 || 4 || 2 || 1 || 0.1 || 0
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|-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="10" | Shell details
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|-
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" |Velocity <br /> in m/s
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! rowspan="2" |Projectile<br />Mass in kg
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! rowspan="2" | ''Fuse delay''
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''in m:''
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! rowspan="2" | ''Fuse sensitivity''
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''in mm:''
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! rowspan="2" | ''Explosive Mass in g<br /> (TNT equivalent):''
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! rowspan="2" | ''Normalization At 30° <br> from horizontal:''
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! colspan="3" | ''Ricochet:''
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! 0%
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! 50%
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! 100%
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| AP || 853 || 0.0108 || N/A || N/A || N/A || ??° || ??° || ??° || ??°
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| T || 835 || 0.0095 || N/A || N/A || N/A || ??° || ??° || ??° || ??°
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|}
 
=== Comparison with analogues ===
 
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The L37A2 performs identically to the [[L37A1 (7.62 mm)|L37A1]], while having a slightly higher rate of fire than the [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L8A1]], [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)|L8A2]] and [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|FN MAG]]. It has the same ballistic performance as the [[L3A1 (7.62 mm)|L3A1]] found on previous British Vehicles, but has a higher rate of fire.
  
 
== Usage in the battles ==
 
== Usage in the battles ==
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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 killing 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 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.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* Better rate of fire than [[L3A1 (7.62 mm)|L3A1]] machine gun.
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* Better rate of fire than [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L381]] and [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)|L382]] machine guns.
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* Better rate of fire than [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|FN MAG]] machine gun.
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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* Low penetration makes it ineffective against armour
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* Low Damage
  
 
== Historical part ==
 
== Historical part ==
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Along with the [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L8A1]], [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)|L8A2]] and [[L37A1 (7.62 mm)|L37A1]] the L37A2 is a British License built variant of the Belgian [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|FN MAG]] GPMG. The FN MAG is a Belgian 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun, it was designed in the early 1950s by Ernest Vervier, while working at the weapons company Fabrique Nationale (FN). Between 1956 and 1957 the British armed forces trialled the FN MAG against the american [[M60D (7.62 mm)|M60]], and selected the FN MAG. The MAG was built under license as the L7 GPMG by Enfield in Britain, with minor modifications being made. It entered service under the Designation L7A1 in 1963.
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The L37A1 variant was designed for use on pintle mounts near the commanders position on top of tank turrets and other AFVs. Like the [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)|L8A1]] it has the shoulder stock removed, but maintains the original barrel (without fume extractor) and has a modified trigger. The weapon is designed so that infantry can dismount it and use it for self defence if necessary. The L37A2 Variant is an [[L37A1 (7.62 mm)|L37A1]] with improved feed mechanism.
  
 
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== Read also ==
 
== Read also ==
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* [[L8A1 (7.62 mm)]]
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* [[L8A2 (7.62 mm)]]
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[[wikipedia:FN_MAG|Wikipedia - FN MAG]]
  
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[https://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=206 Military Factory - Enfield L7 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)]{{Tank machine guns}}
  
 
[[Category:Tank machine guns]]
 
[[Category:Tank machine guns]]

Revision as of 13:11, 9 February 2019

Description

The L37A2 is a British 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), it is an Enfield L7 GPMG with modifications to make it suitable for use as as a turret mounted machine gun on Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), in game it is found as the turret mounted machine gun for some British Rank 6 tanks. The Enfield L7 GPMG of which the L8A1, L8A2, L37A1and L37A2 are all variants, is itself a British licence-built version of the Belgian FN MAG GPMG. As such the L37A2 performs identically to the L37A1 and almost identically (having a slightly higher rate of fire) to the FN MAG, L8A1 and L8A2. 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 l37A2 is used as the roof mounted machine gun on the Challenger 1 series of tanks, these are:

General info

The L37A2 performs identically to the L37A1 and has a slightly higher rate of fire than the FN MAG, L8A1 and L8A2.

Available shells

Like the the L8A1, L8A2 and L37A1, the L37A2 can only be equipped with one ammo belt consisting of two Armour Piercing (AP) bullets, followed by one Tracer (T) 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 1000m 1500m 2000m
AP 10 9 7 4 1 0
T 5 4 2 1 0.1 0
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
AP 853 0.0108 N/A N/A N/A  ??°  ??°  ??°  ??°
T 835 0.0095 N/A N/A N/A  ??°  ??°  ??°  ??°

Comparison with analogues

The L37A2 performs identically to the L37A1, while having a slightly higher rate of fire than the L8A1, L8A2 and FN MAG. It has the same ballistic performance as the L3A1 found on previous British Vehicles, but has a higher rate of fire.

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 killing 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 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.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Better rate of fire than L3A1 machine gun.
  • Better rate of fire than L381 and L382 machine guns.
  • Better rate of fire than FN MAG machine gun.

Cons:

  • Low penetration makes it ineffective against armour
  • Low Damage

Historical part

Along with the L8A1, L8A2 and L37A1 the L37A2 is a British License built variant of the Belgian FN MAG GPMG. The FN MAG is a Belgian 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun, it was designed in the early 1950s by Ernest Vervier, while working at the weapons company Fabrique Nationale (FN). Between 1956 and 1957 the British armed forces trialled the FN MAG against the american M60, and selected the FN MAG. The MAG was built under license as the L7 GPMG by Enfield in Britain, with minor modifications being made. It entered service under the Designation L7A1 in 1963.

The L37A1 variant was designed for use on pintle mounts near the commanders position on top of tank turrets and other AFVs. Like the L8A1 it has the shoulder stock removed, but maintains the original barrel (without fume extractor) and has a modified trigger. The weapon is designed so that infantry can dismount it and use it for self defence if necessary. The L37A2 Variant is an L37A1 with improved feed mechanism.

Media

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

Read also

Sources

Wikipedia - FN MAG

Military Factory - Enfield L7 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)

Tank machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  M37 · M60D · M73 · M240 · M1919A4
12.7 mm  M2HB · M80 · M85
Germany 
7.62 mm  MG3A1
7.92 mm  MG13 Dreyse · MG34 · MG37(t) · MG42
USSR 
7.62 mm  DT · PKT · RP-46 · SGMT
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)
China 
7.62 mm  Type 86
12.7 mm  QJC88A
Italy 
7.62 mm  Beretta MG42/59 · FN MAG 60-40
8 mm  Breda Mod. 38
France 
7.5 mm  AAT-52 · MAC 31
7.62 mm  AAN-F1