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Battlefield 3 features a number of machine guns, ranging from smaller, lighter ones like the M27/RPK, all the way up to the heaviest ones like the Pecheneg and the M240. There are 2 starting machine guns in Battlefield 3, and 5 unlockable machine guns.


Battlefield 3 M27
The M27 is the starting LMG for the US side, and is based on the M416 assault rifle, but is fitted with a heavier barrel and larger magazine.


Battlefield 3 RPK
The RPK is the starting LMG for the Russian side in Battlefield 3, and is based on the AK74, fitted with a heavier barrel and larger magazine.


Battlefield 3 M249
The M249 light machine gun, also called the SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon), has been the main light machine gun of the US Army since its introduction in 1984. It is the first LMG to be unlocked in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 M240
The M240 is a Belgian designed light machine gun that has been used in the United States armed forces from the 1980s. The M240 is not only used as an LMG for infantry, but is used extensively as a mounted LMG on helicopters, cars, boats, and other vehicles as well.


Battlefield 3 M60
The M60 is a tried and tested light machine gun and returns in Battlefield 3 as an unlock. The M60 offers great balance between range, accuracy and firepower.

PKP Pecheneg

Battlefield 3 Pecheneg
The PKP Pecheneg is a relatively new Russian light machine gun, and is a modernized version of the popular PKM machine gun, with an improved barrel and internal mechanics. The Pecheneg is available as an unlock in Battlefield 3.

Type 88

Battlefield 3 Type 88
The Type 88 LMG, also known as the QJY 88, is a Chinese made general purpose machine gun introduced in 1988 and in use today. The Type 88 is one of the unlockable LMGS in Battlefield 3.


Battlefield 3 MG36
The MG36 light machine gun is based on the popular and reliable G36 assault rifle, but it uses a heavy barrel for increased heat resistance and accuracy. It was featured in Bad Company 1 and 2 and is expected to return in Battlefield 3 as an unlock.


  1. Solx
    March 10th, 2011 at 2:22 am

    NO M60….. really, that is my favorite large caliber, rape gun.

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    • BombApe
      July 15th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Does anyone know if thier will be mg3′s????

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      • tony
        August 31st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

        yes dice confirmed the mg3 and the mg4

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        • crkd
          November 26th, 2011 at 4:57 pm


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    • cami
      July 24th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      There possibly might not be an M60 in BF3 because its getting phased out by the M240, i think…

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      • Randomsnhere
        July 31st, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        The m60 the m240 and actually a lot of other support machine guns use the same caliber rounds.

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      • Nightstalker
        August 17th, 2011 at 1:26 am

        Actually the M60 has been long phased out by the M240, The M240 is actually being phased out by the IAR. Which brings me to the question of why isn’t the IAR being featured in Battlefield 3?

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        • Sminmorph
          August 18th, 2011 at 3:05 am

          (It was in the alpha, don’t worry)

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        • Fenix
          September 5th, 2011 at 4:00 am

          The M240 is NOT being phased out by the IAR, only the M249 and thats only with the USMC.
          The M240 fires the 7.62x51mm round and is a general purpose machine gun…
          Where the IAR ( like the M249 ) fires the 5.56x45mm and is a squad light machinegun/automatic rifle

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        • Fenix
          September 5th, 2011 at 4:03 am

          Further to my comment, the IAR is included in BF3, but under the M27 designation, and under tha assault rifles category.. so your wish is granted

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    • Ghost Orb
      August 10th, 2011 at 3:34 am

      M240 = M60, duh.
      The M240 is basically an upgraded and remodeled M60 with a longer barrel and higher rate of fire.

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      • jdepman
        August 16th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        the m240 and the m60 are completely different weapons, from different manufacturers. the only thing they have in common is their use of the 7.62 x 51 mm round.

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        • jdepman
          August 16th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

          also, on this website the m240 is classified as an ‘LMG’, referring to light-machine gun. the m240 is classified a GPMG-general purpose machine gun, not a LMG, by current standards.

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        • Booty
          August 25th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

          The M240 (GPMG) is a general purpose machine gun, but has a dual role as a light machine gun i.e. when deployed in a section (squad) using the bi-pod. It is classed as a medium machine gun when deployed in the sustained fire role i.e. mounted on the tri-pod or vehicle. It is designated as a general purpose system because of it’s multi-role capabilities. It is an outstanding weapon.

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    • A gamer
      September 1st, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      the M60 is confimed

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    • Tac0qvy
      September 5th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      The M240 is basically a “newer” version of the M60. It fires 7.62x51mm but it’s a more modern weapon system.

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    • chrome
      September 22nd, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      dont worry allmost everything on this is wrong i have preorderd

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    • CryptoFirehazrd
      September 30th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      I have confirmed that the M60 is an unlock.

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    • Bf3beta
      October 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am

      Yea there is gonna be m60e4 this is the new and improved m60 I unlocked it on the bf3 betta support class

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    • victory mike
      October 4th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      the m240 replaced the m60 in the us. army. same weapon just upgraded.

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    • L4DNdrew
      October 13th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      @ Solx
      the m60 was in the beta so i think its in there.

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    • alteredizzy1010
      May 29th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      their is a m60 look again

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  2. Sandbag
    March 10th, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Agreed M60 will be in there though

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  3. T3AM::RR::
    March 15th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    * I love to play Bad Company 2, but some of these weapons, looks like more a Sniper at long Range OMG. At more than 200 Mts distance and these weapons are too strong at long and close range .

    * Just my opinion

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    • GRZIL
      June 22nd, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Did U shoot with real mashin gun? Belive me it is ok also with long range!

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  4. Warmonger
    April 8th, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I’d love a portable M134 minigun
    the game’s based on “near-future”, after all.

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    • Mr Pink
      April 15th, 2011 at 12:22 am

      The problem w/ making that work is that the minigun requires an electric power source to spin up the barrels. The ones on vehicles are powered by battery/engines or something; the only ground versions are tripod versions setup like the M2 .50 cal.

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      • matman
        April 29th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

        I think there is also a version with a battery in a backpack.

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        • L4DNdrew
          October 13th, 2011 at 11:56 pm

          your thinking of resident evil 5. believe me that wouldnt work.

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      • Rodent
        July 7th, 2011 at 8:19 am

        hey, Robert, are you smoking crack? there is NO SUCH THING as a man portable mini gun. who ever talk you that is full of shit.

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    • Dude
      May 30th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      Are u watching terminator 2 or something?

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      • Anounymous Tipster
        June 5th, 2011 at 1:20 pm

        No he’s just been playing fallout too much.

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      • Robert Headleand
        June 29th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        no no no u can get them but the reason the army an all tha dont use em is cos there so fuckin heavy lol they weigh a tone so yeaqh they do exist but they never use them but i dont think they should have it cos it would be way to over powere :/ an unfair for every1 else

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        • hamieabn
          July 23rd, 2011 at 5:16 pm

          no dude, they dont exist, you’d have to have a gigantic battery to carry it and they fire so fast that there is no way a man could carry enough ammo in a back pack.

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          August 28th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

          the most amount of ammo you can carry with the battery would be about 1000 rounds and the minigun would swallow that in less than a minuite

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        • mooselove
          September 2nd, 2011 at 7:19 pm

          its true they do exist, with the ammo in the backpack.
          the amount of ammo that you could carry would only allow you to fire for 20 seconds.
          i think it would be pretty stupid to put it in battlefield 3, m240 will do fine for me

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  5. MauserK98
    April 17th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I would like to see the MG3 again, because it is widely used in middle east.

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  6. Tag
    April 18th, 2011 at 3:57 am

    No M240B? It is featured in the f_ing teaser videos!!

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    • Tag
      April 18th, 2011 at 3:58 am

      So yeah…we can only hope this website is not fully informed caused its clearly in the game. Hopefully available in MP

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  7. Me
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    The Machineguns are really accurrate at long distances, because of weight (overall and barrel) and barrel lenght. But most are open-bolt and full auto only, so this reduces it a lot.
    The M2, in single shots, can make hits at distances greater than 1km.

    The M60 only survived in low fi units (national guard, military police, support non-combatant units, and such) and in the Navy (with the SEALs and fielded in boats and ships).
    It’s newest version, the mk43 looks really tasty, but is unlikely to be spotted in a actual firefight.

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  8. m240
    April 26th, 2011 at 3:08 am

    wht no m240 tht sucks tht’s one of favorite lmg gun of all time

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    • Marines
      July 21st, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      they have to have the M240 Bravo, or ill be upset

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  9. nick
    May 1st, 2011 at 6:59 am

    need mk 48 mod 0

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  10. Sport_ing15
    May 8th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    HK21; MG3; RPK-74 they are also good weapons

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  11. .50 Caliber
    May 25th, 2011 at 3:45 am

    would be nice if there was a .50 caliber sniper rifle that would take large chunks out of some walls.

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  12. Why?
    May 25th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    why in the world are there no new guns?? Same guns as in bb2?? well there be new ones?

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  13. Gunny Gibs
    June 4th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    My vote: The Ruchnoy Pulemyot Kalashnikova M1974

    It’s the RPK, this time chambered for the current 5.45 x 39mm Soviet cartridge.

    These rounds don’t rip through you, oh no, they flip and spin around inside you like a bumper car.

    Welcome to the world of bullet physics :)

    The Soviets decided to leave the area close to the tip of each individual projectile empty, which gives you a highly unstable bullet. These little monsters will tear through body tissue like…Oh I don’t know….A FLESH EATING VIRUS!!!

    Next is, imagine you pumping out a whole ton of these rounds at a group of enemies in your sights. *Taa daa*

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    • Fenix
      September 15th, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      Its called Internal Balistics,
      and the 5.56x45mm has been doing it better, and for longer than the Russian 5.45x39mm

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  14. Jordan
    June 9th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I am surprised the M27 is not in here. The M27 is now being deployed for replacement of the FN Minimi, or M249 SAW for all you weapon loves that learn from COD and BF.

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    • Rodent
      July 7th, 2011 at 8:22 am

      the M27 is being used solely by the USMC only to replace a few M249s. they basically conned their way into getting the M27 (since it’s basically a HK416) to replace a ton of ancient M4s.

      and the M249 IS what it’s called. it’s the licensed version of the FN minimi and has been heavily modified. they’re definitely similar, but not the same gun.

      take from a guy ‘in the know’, ok?

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    • DietPepsi1997
      August 27th, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      The M249 saw is the millitary designation of the Fn minimi with a bunch of improvements including the p.i.p. (product improvement program). its only called the Fn minimi when its NOT being used by the US army and Marines. the name Fn minimi is used by the belgians and FN herstal. In this game its being used by the Marines so you call it the m249 saw/lmg not the fn minimi.

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  15. Phoenixx
    June 10th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    As far as weapon accuracy goes, when I want to play a fast paced arcade style FPS, I play CoD franchise… But when I want to play a realistic tactical combat simulator, I play the Battlefield series. That being said, I’d much rather see EA/ Dice utilize the most realistic ballistic weapon effects (ie: accuracy/ damage) they can manage. Nothing worse than tagging someone with a M95 shot or a M60 from 30 yards and seeing the guy spin and pop you before you get your second round off. M95 will rip a human body in half for F_cks sake. There’s a lot of things along those lines I hope they correct in the next game

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  16. James
    June 10th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    You know even though the Guns in the Reveal are not on here, Doesnt mean that they wont be in the Game. Dice or who ever owns this site or Updates it proberly doesnt have pictures of the M240, The Mk 11, Pecheneg, AK-74M and the SKS are not on this Site but were confirmed by DICE.

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  17. griffin wells
    June 11th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    m249 what kind is it? para things like that or is it the saw its self?

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    • DietPepsi1997
      August 27th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      from the pictures i think its a pip para, im not sure. im not going by the picture on this page though because thats from battlefiled bad co 2.

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  18. Jaden
    June 13th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    the m60 is like old i like the guns they have because they are what we use today i do not belive the m60 is in use today but you have to realize this game is based in 2014 so we dont need any old guns at least if the m60 is in the game it needs to be a newer upgraded model

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    • cronicstain
      July 10th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      The M60 is still used in the Navy seals, and in other branches of the USMC.

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  19. frostydelta
    June 14th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    agreed to for the m60 we need tha weapon or you need a modification like the mk43

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  20. Wetrox47
    June 19th, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Yeah put the MK43 is really good weapon :)

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  21. ShadowNick3
    June 25th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Same weapons from BFBC 2

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  22. iloria
    June 25th, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    WHERE IS THE M60 and MG 3 ?????????
    SO FU***NG BAD !!!

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  23. someone
    June 26th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Pacheneg is PKM?

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  24. dan
    June 27th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Im looking for some skilled team working players i play bfbc2 mainly for bf3 names. Witchdoctor87

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  25. dan
    June 27th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Play on ps3

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    • Thibby95
      June 27th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      add me: Thibby95

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    • ImStalkinYou
      July 9th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      add me too: rolphern

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