Vickers machine gun

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Vickers Medium Machine Gun
Vickers machine gun in the Battle of Passchendaele - September 1917.jpg
A typical Vickers machine gun crew in action
TypeMedium machine gun
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Service history
In service1912–1968
Used bySee Users
WarsWorld War I
Chaco War
World War II
Indo-Pakistan War of 1947
1948 Arab–Israeli War
Korean War
The Troubles
Congo Crisis
South African Border War
Production history
Designed1912
ManufacturerVickers
Produced1912–1968
Specifications
Mass33–51 lb (15–23 kg) all-up
Length3 ft 8 in (1.12 m)
Barrel length28 in (720 mm)
Crewthree man crew

Cartridge.303 British
Actionrecoil with gas boost
Rate of fire450 to 500 round/min
Muzzle velocity2440 ft/s (744 m/s)
Effective firing range2,187 yd (2,000 m)
Maximum firing range4,500 yd (4,100 m) indirect fire
Feed system250-round canvas belt

The Vickers machine gun (also known as the Vickers gun) was a machine gun that was used by the British Army from 1912 to 1968.[1][2] It was made by Vickers Limited.[1] The gun was very reliable.[1] It was one of the most commonly used weapons in the first world war.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Vickers Gun". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 2011-10-17.
  2. "THE VICKERS MACHINE GUN". Vickers Machine Gun Collection and Research Association. Retrieved 2011-10-17.