Weapons Light Machine Guns (LMGs)

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Weapons Light Machine Guns (LMGs)

When it comes to laying down high volumes of fire, few weapons are as effective as the light machine guns. Thanks to their large magazine capacities and high rates of fire, these hulking weapons can fire long bursts of automatic fire, sending your opponents diving for cover. This is the support kit’s primary weapon, ideal for suppressing opponents. Continue playing as the support class to unlock new light machine guns. All light machine guns come equipped with a Bipod for greater stability while firing automatic bursts.

LMG Unlock Progression

ImageNameScore
U-100 MK5

0

Type 88 LMG

4,000

LSAT

11,000

PKP Pecheneg

19,000

QBB-95-1

28,000

M240B

37,000

MG4

48,000

M249

N/A*

RPK-12

N/A**

Fundamentals

  • The LMGs can only be equipped by the support class.
  • Although capable of high rates of sustained fire, LMGs deal the most damage within 50 meters.
  • Whenever possible, deploy the LMG’s Bipod for greater accuracy and stability.
  • The belt-fed LMGs take a very long time to reload. Find a good hiding spot or have a squadmate watch your back while reloading.
  • Due to their cumbersome size, you can’t peek around cover while carrying an LMG.

* = unlocked in campaign

** = unlocked by completing Support Combat Expert Assignment

U-100 MK5

  • Ammo: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Rate of Fire: 590 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 45
  • Unlock: Default LMG

The MK5 is the latest variant of the U-100 line of light machine guns. Produced in Singapore and deployed by armed forces throughout the world, this variant is equipped with attachment rails and a 45-round box magazine. As the first LMG available, it comes equipped with a Bipod, HD-33 (1X) optic, a Magnifier (2X), and Muzzle Brake.

Unlock Progression

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Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HD-33 (1X) Optic (Close Range)

0

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

0

Muzzle Brake Barrel

0

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

10

PRISMA (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

20

Laser Sight Accessory

30

Compensator Barrel

40

Coyote (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

50

Flashlight

Accessory

60

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

70

LS06 Suppressor Barrel

80

JGM-4 (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

90

Angled Grip Underbarrel

100

Heavy Barrel Barrel

110

Type 88 LMG

  • Ammo: 5.8x42mm
  • Rate of Fire: 700 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 100
  • Unlock: 1,000 LMG Score

The Chinese belt-fed Type 88 LMG has only recently entered wide service with the Peopleʹ’s Liberation Army. The Type 88 LMG fires a special heavy DAP-87 version of the Chinese 5.8x42mm round and is equipped by default with a Bipod for supported shooting.

Unlock Progression

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Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HD-33 (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

PRISMA (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

Coyote (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

LS06 Suppressor Barrel

110

JGM-4 (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

LSAT

  • Ammo: 5.56x45mm LSAT
  • Rate of Fire: 700 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 100
  • Unlock: 2,000 LMG Score

This US JSSAP prototype is intended to significantly reduce the weight associated with small arms and their ammunition. Using a High Ignition Temperature Propellant, this prototype light machine gun features belt-fed caseless ammunition. Should the program be successful, this weapon system could become a great improvement over the heavier and more cumbersome squad automatic weapons currently in use.

Unlock Progression

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Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HOLO (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

M145 (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

Reflex (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

Suppressor Barrel

110

ACOG (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

PKP Pecheneg

  • Ammo: 7.62x54mm R
  • Rate of Fire: 600 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 100
  • Unlock: 3,000 LMG Score

Another modernization of a traditional Russian weapon, the PKP Pecheneg replaces the PKM machine gun in service with Spetsnaz units. Firing a heavier round than the RPK-74M, the Pecheneg is able to supply greater suppressive fire thanks to its increased power and belt feed. The Pecheneg comes equipped by default with a Bipod for supported shooting.

Unlock Progression

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Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

PKA-S (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

PK-A (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

KOBRA (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

PBS-4 Suppressor Barrel

110

PSO-1 (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

QBB-95-1

  • Ammo: 5.8x42mm DAP-87
  • Rate of Fire: 650 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 75
  • Unlock: 4,000 LMG Score

The Chinese QBB-95-1 is the most recent variant deployed as a squad automatic weapon for the People’s Liberation Army. Along with new ergonomic features on the exterior, the LMG’s barrel and firing mechanics have been upgraded to accommodate the heavier DAP-87 round. This variant is also equipped with a 75-round drum magazine and a Bipod for supported shooting.

Unlock Progression

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Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HD-33 (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

PRISMA (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

Coyote (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

LS06 Suppressor Barrel

110

JGM-4 (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

M240B

  • Ammo: 7.62x51mm NATO
  • Rate of Fire: 650 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 100
  • Unlock: 5,000 LMG Score

The M240B was first developed in Belgium and adopted by the USMC in 1991. The M60 was replaced first by the M240G, and subsequently by the M240B, which provides commonality between the Marines and the US Army. Firing the heavier 7.62mm NATO round, the M240B has greater power than the M249 and is equipped with a Bipod for supported shooting.

Unlock Progression

ImageAttachmentSlotKills

Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HOLO (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

M145 (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

Reflex (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

Suppressor Barrel

110

ACOG (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

MG4

  • Ammo: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Rate of Fire: 800 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 100
  • Unlock: 6,000 LMG Score

Selected by the German Bundeswehr as the replacement for the 7.62mm MG3, the aptly named MG4 is a belt-fed general purpose machine gun chambered in the smaller 5.56mm NATO round. This makes the weapon lighter and relatively easy to operate, putting it on par with M249. By default, the MG4 is equipped with a Bipod for supported shooting.

Unlock Progression

ImageAttachmentSlotKills

Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HOLO (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

M145 (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

Reflex (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

Suppressor Barrel

110

ACOG (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

M249

  • Ammo: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • Rate of Fire: 800 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 200
  • Unlock: Campaign Unlock

Adapted from the Belgian, the M249 was modified to conform to the United Statesʹ design requirements. The M249 has seen action in every major conflict since the 1989 invasion of Panama and has earned a reputation as a reliable weapon. A single M249 can supply suppressive fire equivalent to 15 riflemen. The M249 comes equipped with a Bipod for supported shooting.

Unlock Progression

ImageAttachmentSlotKills

Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

HOLO (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

M145 (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

Reflex (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

Suppressor Barrel

110

ACOG (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

RPK-12

  • Ammo: 5.45x39mm WP
  • Rate of Fire: 600 rpm
  • Magazine Capacity: 60
  • Unlock: Support Combat Expert Assignment

A derivative of the RPK-74, the RPK-12’s heritage dates back to the late 1950s. But there’s nothing old fashioned about this weapon. Constructed from durable, lightweight composite materials, the RPK-12 is a magazine-fed LMG that functions much like an assault rifle. When holding a fixed position, deploy its Bipod for greater accuracy and stability.

Unlock Progression

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Bipod (Default) Underbarrel

0

PKA-S (1X) Optic (Close Range)

10

Magnifier (2X) Accessory

20

Muzzle Brake Barrel

30

Stubby Grip Underbarrel

40

PK-A (3.4X) Optic (Medium Range)

50

Laser Sight Accessory

60

Compensator Barrel

70

KOBRA (RDS) Optic (Close Range)

80

Flashlight

Accessory

90

Ergo Grip Underbarrel

100

PBS-4 Suppressor Barrel

110

PSO-1 (4X) Optic (Medium Range)

120

Angled Grip Underbarrel

130

Heavy Barrel Barrel

140

Fundamentals

  • Sniper rifles remain the domain of the recon class, capable of 2-shot kills to the body or one-shot kills to the head.
  • These rifles have the longest effective range, dishing out optimal damage well beyond 100 meters.
  • Due to their cumbersome size, you can’t peek around corners while holding a sniper rifle.
  • Equip the Straight Pull auxiliary attachment to maintain line of sight with your target while operating the weapon’s bolt.
  • The Range Finder takes all guesswork out of zeroing your scope. Attach it as soon as it’s available.

Notes