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NOTE: This article is about the Mk18 ABR in ArmA 3. For the Mk18 Mod 0 manually-operated grenade launcher featured in ArmA 3's S.O.G. Prairie Fire Creator DLC, see Mk18 Mod 0 (S.O.G.).


« The Mk18 Advanced Battle Rifle is a more compact and lightweight evolution of the Mk14 Battle Rifle. The ABR is an ergonomic rifle that can be accessorized and was designed for high accuracy. It's chambered for a 7.62x51 mm cartridge and is typically used in ranges from 600 - 800 m.
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The Mk18 ABR 7.62 mm battle rifle.

The Mk18 ABR (full name: Advanced Battle Rifle[1]) is a 7.62 mm designated marksman rifle used by both Altian government Loyalists and the AAF in ArmA 3.

Overview[]

The Mk18 ABR is a selective fire, gas operated, rotating bolt battle rifle that is chambered for the 7.62×51 mm NATO round.

It can load either 20- or 10-round box magazines, and can attain a fire rate of up to ~ 705 rounds per minute on full auto[CfgWp 7][Formula 1] with a muzzle velocity of 850 m/s.[CfgMa 3] The Mk18 accepts accessories on its top[CfgWp 8], side[CfgWp 9] and underbarrel[CfgWp 10] rails, and can also be suppressed with muzzle attachments.[CfgWp 11]

The Mk18 excels at taking down distant targets and is particularly effective at close-medium ranges. Its main drawback is that it has a low magazine capacity (incidentally a problem that all 7.62 mm battle rifles share) and that there is significant muzzle climb whilst firing it on full auto.

Though it is not nearly as light as its CSAT counterpart, the Mk18 ABR - in stark contrast to NATO's Mk-I EMR, is lighter to carry and doesn't inflict as much of a penalty on the user's stamina. Consequently however, it is less accurate at longer ranges compared to its NATO counterpart and has a slightly lower effective firing range as a result.

Ironsights[]

Arma3-mk18-ironsight-overview

The Mk18 ABR's ironsights allows for a minimum zeroing of 100 metres up to a maximum of 600 metres (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600).[CfgWp 12] By default, it is set to a zeroing of 200 metres.[CfgWp 13] Both the front and rear sights are illuminated. In daylight, the front sight post and the three triangle-shaped arrows on the rear sight appear white. Under low-light conditions, they will glow in a lime green colour instead.

If an optical sight with a zeroing limit greater than 600 metres is attached onto the top rail (e.g. LRPS), the Mk18 will allow for an absolute maximum zeroing of 1,600 metres.[CfgWp 14]

Camouflage[]

  • White: Mix of black, light greys and white-coloured furniture.


Western Sahara Creator DLC only

NOTE: The following camouflage schemes will only be available if the third party-developed Western Sahara Creator DLC is activated.

  • Black: All-black colour scheme.
  • Snake: Snakeskin-style spraypaint pattern applied over a black finish.


Ammunition[]

Ammo parameter 7.62 mm NATO (Ball)
Base damage value 11.6[CfgAm 1]
Aerodynamic friction -0.001[CfgAm 2]
Muzzle velocity (m/s) 850[CfgMa 3]
Expected velocity (m/s) 800[CfgAm 3][note 1]
Penetration depth (mm) 20.4[CfgAm 4][Formula 2]
Deflection angle (degrees) 15°[CfgAm 5]

The Mk18 can load two types of magazines.[CfgWp 15] The 20-round magazines have a weight of 12[CfgMa 4] "mass" units while the 10-rounder magazines have a weight of 6[CfgMa 5] "mass" units:

7.62 mm 20Rnd Mag[]

Arma3-ammunition-20rndmk18

Standard 20-round box magazine loaded 7.62 mm NATO ball ammunition.[CfgMa 6] It is fully interchangeable with the Mk14/Mk-I EMR/SPAR-17.

None of the rounds fired will emit visible tracers.

7.62 mm 10Rnd Mk14 Mag[]

Arma3-ammunition-10rndmk14

Reduced capacity 10-round box magazine intended to be used with the Mk14 Classic.

As with the 20-rounder magazines, none of the rounds will emit visible tracers.

Trivia[]

  • The Mk18 is based on the real-world "Mark 14 Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle" (EBR) designed by Arizona-based company Smith Enterprise Inc. for the U.S. Navy.
    • Its name should not be confused with the real "Mk18" series of modified carbines used by the U.S. military (also known as the "Close Quarter Battle Receiver" or CQBR).
  • It appears to be Lieutenant James' weapon of choice, as he is consistently seen wielding it throughout The East Wind and in Apex Protocol.
  • Prior to its addition in Game Update 1.04, the Mk18 ABR served as a placeholder DMR for CSAT forces until the Rahim was finally included into the base game.[2]
    • Following Game Update 1.06, the ABR was also used by NATO Recon Marksmen as their primary weapon.[3] This was later re-factored with the release of the Marksmen DLC in Game Update 1.42, which reverted them back to using the MXM, making the Mk18 an AAF-exclusive weapon once more.[4]
    • However, with the release of the Tac-Ops DLC the Mk18 would also be depicted as the standard issue weapon of Altian Government Loyalist sharpshooters (predecessors of the FIA) in the DLC's first mini-campaign, Beyond Hope, removing its exclusivity status from the AAF again.[5]
  • Before the release of the Nexus Update, the Mk18 ABR featured a different reload animation that only showed the user pulling out the magazine and inserting a fresh one. Unlike the current animation, the charging handle was not pulled after the magazine was loaded.[6]
    • Its reloading animation was further improved with the Laws of War DLC's platform update (as part of Game Update 1.76's changes). The change mostly sped up the animation slightly so that it better matched the magazine's movement after it was released.[7]
  • In the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development, the Mk18 was simply referred to as the EBR.[8]

Gallery[]

Config/script references[]

CfgAmmo

  1. CfgAmmo >> B_762x51_Ball >> hit
  2. CfgAmmo >> B_762x51_Ball >> airFriction
  3. CfgAmmo >> B_762x51_Ball >> typicalSpeed
  4. CfgAmmo >> B_762x51_Ball >> caliber
  5. CfgAmmo >> B_762x51_Ball >> deflecting

CfgMagazines

  1. CfgMagazines >> 20Rnd_762x51_Mag >> count
  2. CfgMagazines >> 10Rnd_Mk14_762x51_Mag >> count
  3. 3.0 3.1 CfgMagazines >> 20Rnd_762x51_Mag >> initSpeed
  4. CfgMagazines >> 20Rnd_762x51_Mag >> mass
  5. CfgMagazines >> 10Rnd_Mk14_762x51_Mag >> mass
  6. CfgMagazines >> 20Rnd_762x51_Mag >> ammo >> "B_762x51_Ball"

CfgWeapons

  1. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> Single >> dispersion
  2. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> FullAuto >> dispersion
  3. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> WeaponSlotsInfo >> mass
  4. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> recoil
  5. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> inertia
  6. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> dexterity
  7. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> FullAuto >> reloadTime
  8. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> WeaponSlotsInfo >> CowsSlot_Rail >> compatibleItems >> {optic_aco,optic_ACO_grn,optic_ACO_grn_smg,optic_aco_smg,optic_ams,optic_AMS_khk,optic_AMS_snd,optic_Arco,optic_Arco_AK_arid_F,optic_Arco_AK_blk_F,optic_Arco_AK_lush_F,optic_Arco_arid_F,optic_Arco_blk_F,optic_Aro_ghex_F,optic_Arco_lush_F,optic_DMS,optic_DMS_ghex_F,optic_DMS_weathered_F,optic_DMS_weathered_Kir_F,optic_ERCO_blk_F,optic_ERCO_khk_F,optic_ERCO_snd_F,optic_hamr,optic_Hamr_khk_F,optic_Holosight,optic_Holosight_arid_F,optic_Holosight_blk_F,optic_Holosight_khk_F,optic_Holosight_lush_F,optic_Holosight_smg,optic_Holosight_smg_blk_F,optic_Holosight_smg_khk_F,optic_KHS_blk,optic_KHS_hex,optic_KHS_old,optic_KHS_tan,optic_LRPS,optic_LRPS_ghex_F,optic_LRPS_tna_F,optic_MRCO,optic_Nightstalker,optic_NVS,optic_SOS,optic_SOS_khk_F,optic_tws,optic_tws_mg}
  9. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> WeaponSlotsInfo >> PointerSlot_Rail >> compatibleItems >> {acc_flashlight,acc_pointer_IR}
  10. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> WeaponSlotsInfo >> UnderBarrelSlot_rail >> compatibleItems >> {bipod_01_F_blk,bipod_01_F_khk,bipod_01_F_mtp,bipod_01_F_snd,bipod_02_F_arid,bipod_02_F_blk,bipod_02_F_hex,bipod_02_F_lush,bipod_02_F_tan,bipod_03_F_blk,bipod_03_F_oli}
  11. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> WeaponSlotsInfo >> MuzzleSlot_762 >> compatibleItems >> {muzzle_snds_B,muzzle_snds_B_arid_F,muzzle_snds_B_khk_F,muzzle_snds_B_lush_F,muzzle_snds_B_snd_F}
  12. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> discreteDistance[] >> {100,200,300,400,500,600}
  13. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> discreteDistanceInitIndex >> "1"
  14. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> maxZeroing
  15. CfgWeapons >> srifle_EBR_F >> magazineWell[] >> {"M14_762x51"}

Formulae

  1. 60 / reloadTime = 60 / 0.085
  2. initSpeed * caliber * 15 / 1000 = 850 * 1.6 * 15 / 1000

Notes[]

  1. Damage will be reduced if the projectile's velocity drops below this value.

References[]

  1. ARMA 3 2013 [Video Game], Bohemia Interactive a.s., Field Manual/Weapons/Mk18 ABR 7.62 mm, "The Mk18 Advanced Battle Rifle is a more compact and lightweight evolution of the Mk14 Battle Rifle. The ABR is an ergonomic rifle that can be accessorized and was designed for high accuracy. It's chambered for a 7.62x51 mm cartridge and is typically used in ranges from 600 - 800 m."
  2. van 't Land, J.J. 2013, SPOTREP #00013, Arma 3, viewed 21 January 2018, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00013>.
  3. van 't Land, J.J. 2013, SPOTREP #00015, Arma 3, viewed 19 September 2017, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00015>.
  4. van 't Land, J.J. 2015, SPOTREP #00040, Arma 3, viewed 19 September 2017, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00040>.
  5. ARMA 3: Tac-Ops 2017 [Video Game], Bohemia Interactive a.s., Beyond Hope, Avenging Furies
  6. van 't Land, J.J. 2015, SPOTREP #00049, Arma 3, viewed 15 May 2022, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00049>.
  7. van 't Land, J.J. 2017, SPOTREP #00073, Arma 3, viewed 8 December 2023, <https://dev.arma3.com/post/spotrep-00073>.
  8. Arpone, G 2011, ARMA 3 GamesCom Presentation 5/8, viewed 7 March 2024, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqWMolhgwoU>.

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