Desert War Weapons Are the Highlight of the New ‘Battlefield 1’ Trailer

WIB cultureWIB history August 24, 2016 War Is Boring 0

https://medium.com/media/3c443bd39b214cfdc65db8fdc11d279c/href Desert War Weapons Are the Highlight of the New ‘Battlefield 1’ Trailer Mostly-authentic shotguns, rifles, submachine guns and pistols by MATTHEW MOSS This new trailer for...

Desert War Weapons Are the Highlight of the New ‘Battlefield 1’ Trailer

Mostly-authentic shotguns, rifles, submachine guns and pistols

by MATTHEW MOSS

This new trailer for EA’s Battlefield 1 — a World War I shooter due for release in October 2016 — focuses on the game’s Middle East setting and showcases some interesting and authentic-seeming firearms.

Remington Model 10A

The first weapon we see is a hammerless shotgun, a Remington Model 10A with a stylized British flag on its receiver. In the background, two aircraft fly over some temple ruins.

Beretta M1918

Next we see a soldier, armed with a Beretta M1918 submachine gun, firing at a horseman riding through the ruins. The Italian M1918, chambered in nine-millimeter Glisenti, was a development of the earlier Villar-Perosa. Italy produced some 5,000 M1918s and they saw limited service toward the end of the war.

Ottoman Mauser

Here we have a Mauser rifle, probably a Gewehr 98, outfitted with a scope and an anachronistic bipod, again with a stylized flag — this time Ottoman — on the receiver.

MG 08/15

An armor-clad soldier wields an MG08/15 light machine gun complete with belt-drum.

Borchardt C93

The unmistakable Borchardt C93 is an interesting choice on the game-designers’ part, as it was obsolete by the war’s outbreak in 1914. The trailer showcases the pistol’s unusual action.

Lewis Gun

The Lewis Gun appears several times, mounted in a number of vehicles. A Mk. II Aerial Lewis Gun shows up first, followed by similar weapons on tank and armored-car mountings.

Cei-Rigotti Rifle

The unmistakable Cei-Rigotti pops up during a street-fighting stage. The rifle is one of several weapons that, despite appearing in Battlefield 1, in fact never played any part in World War I. It debuted in 1900 and, while a fascinating design, it never actually entered the inventory of any country.

Bergmann M1915 n.A

Another light machine gun, the Bergmann M1915 n.A, appears briefly as something explodes in the distance. It shows up again toward the end of the trailer.

Steyr M1912

The Steyr M1912 makes its appearance as an anachronous desert armored train passes by and a biplane explodes overhead. The M1912 had an internal box magazine in its grip and fed via stripper clips.

Standschutze Hellriegel

Another interesting inclusion is the Austro-Hungarian Standschutze Hellriegel submachine gun that saw service starting in 1915. Its distinctive receiver and large drum magazine are apparent.

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