MG 131 (13 mm)
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|
|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|
|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)|
|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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Usage in battles
Use the stealth belts so the aim of your cannons doesn't get thrown off. Especially because the MG 131 has a way higher muzzle velocity than your cannons, so the tracers may be misleading.
Try binding a second key to shoot just these MGs to make the most out of the MGs as a standalone weapon rather than being fired with the cannon.
Their are two main uses for this gun for fighter craft:
- Fire from a relatively long range (1km) at enemies that are about to outrun you. If they get hit they might get spooked and manoeuvre so you can catch them.
- Finishing off crippled enemies to save your cannon ammo.
Pros and Cons
- Very nice sound effect
- Can sometimes set fires
- Can be used to make enemies lose energy
- Basically no damage per second
- The muzzle velocity is way faster than the German cannons, meaning you cant really hit the target with both cannons and MGs at the same time
- If you don't have the belts the tracers are very annoying
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|Aircraft machine guns|
|7.62 mm||Browning · M134 Minigun|
|12.7 mm||Browning M2 · Browning M3|
|7.62 mm||MG 3|
|7.92 mm||MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81|
|12.7 mm||FN M3P|
|13.0 mm||MG 131|
|7.62 mm||DA · PV-1 · ShKAS|
|12.7 mm||Berezin UB · A-12.7 · YaK-B|
|7.7 mm||Lewis · Vickers E · Vickers K · Browning .303|
|7.7 mm||Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 special|
|7.92 mm||Type 98|
|12.7 mm||Ho-103 · Ho-104|
|7.7 mm||Type 92 · Type 97|
|13.0 mm||Type 2|
|13.2 mm||Type 3|
|7.7 mm||Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm)|
|7.92 mm||FN Browning|
|12.7 mm||Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm) · Scotti M1933|
|7.5 mm||Mle 33 · Darne 1933 · Mle 1923 · FN Browning Mle 38 · MAC 1934|
|8 mm||Ksp m/22 · Ksp m/22 Fh · Ksp m/22 Fv · Ksp m/22-37 R|
|12.7 mm||Akan m/40 · LKk/42|
|13.2 mm||Akan m/39 · Akan m/39A|