7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Machine Gun Parts

Learn how to obtain Machine Gun Parts and what they can be used for

Automatic weapons are complex machinery that use the blowback from their ignition to cycle their reloading mechanism. In 7 Days to Die, crafting these incredibly powerful and complicated weapons will require specialized Machine Gun Parts you can’t make yourself.

This guide will teach you everything about scavenging and using Machine Gun Parts in 7D2D and how they can be best used.

How to get Machine Gun Parts in 7 Days to Die

Machine Gun Parts are rare, specialized components designed for fully automatic weapons. They cannot be crafted, so there are only a few ways to get your hands on these valuable materials:

1. Scavenging

A Shotgun Messiah Box with a bird nest behind it on a rooftop
Locating a Shotgun Messiah Crate

As with all advanced weapon parts, you can search for Machine Gun Parts anywhere you’d expect to find a functional firearm. Gun safes, weapon bags, hardened chests, gun racks, and weapon crates are all great locations to find these components.

2. Scrapping

The crafting screen for an AK-47 machine gun in 7 Days to Die
Breaking Down Spare Machine Guns for Parts

Waste-not, want-not. If you need Machine Gun Parts, you can also scrap existing non-pipe Machine Guns to reclaim a portion of their parts. These weapons can be found in the same locations as their parts, including the AK-47 Machine Gun, Tactical Assault Rifle, and M60 Machine Gun.

3. Trading

Standing infront of Trader Hugh in his Gun Shop in 7 Days to Die
Buying Machine Gun Parts From Trader Hugh

Some traders will carry weapon parts in their inventory for sale. This is typically the most costly method of collecting these components, but it can be much faster than searching for them if you have dukes to spend. Trader Hugh in the Snow Biome of Navezgane is typically your best bet to find what you need, as he specializes in weapons and ammo.

Tips for farming Machine Gun Parts in 7 Days to Die

These parts are not easy to find by any means. Fortunately, you’ll probably only need a few unless you’re crafting many machine guns. But we’ve got you covered if you need tips to make your search more effective.

1. Machine Gun Perks

Inspecting the Machine Gunner Skill Perk in 7 Days to Die
Machine Gunner Skill Perk

With the addition of the crafting skill system in the A21 Update, players can now increase their chances of finding specialized parts for a certain weapon or tool by investing in its relevant perk. For Machine Gun Parts, players should consider putting points into the Machine Gunner perk to increase the odds of finding what they want.

2. Gun Shops and Factories

Looking at the Shotgun Messiah Factory in 7 Days to Die
Approaching the Shotgun Messiah Factory

Navezgane is dotted with numerous gun shops of various sizes, shooting ranges, and the coveted Shotgun Messiah Factory in the Wasteland Biome of Navezgane. These locations are great places to search for weapon parts of any kind, in addition to ammo, armor, and explosives. Remember: The all-in-one brand for firearms in 7D2D is “Shotgun Messiah,” so any buildings or crates with that name on them are likely to be carrying guns, weapon parts, and ammo.

3. Government Buildings and Military Bases

Looking down at an abandoned military base in 7 Days to Die
Approaching an Abandoned Military Base

Governmental buildings (such as police stations, fire stations, etc.) can be found inside and near the outskirts of cities and often conceal at least one gun safe or an entire armory in some cases. Additionally, the abandoned military bases dotting the countryside are bound to carry at least a few high-value weapon containers. Be careful, however, as these locations are often well-defended and swarming with armored and feral undead.

Using Machine Gun Parts in 7 Days to Die

Machine Gun Parts are specialized components specifically designed for use in full-auto weapons. As such, they are used for crafting modern machine guns (anything tier-2 and above). The following three recipes can be crafted using this resource.

1. AK-47 Machine Gun

The AK-47 Machine Gun Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
AK-47 Machine Gun Crafting Recipe

The AK-47 Machine Gun is an iconic tier-2 machine gun with decent range, damage, and ammo capacity. Though not special by any means, this weapon is a great low to mid-level gun for players of any kind.

2. Tactical Assault Rifle

The Tactical Assault Rifle Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Tactical Assault Rifle Crafting Recipe

Though not a machine gun by definition, the Tactical Assault Rifle is an accurate and extremely versatile tier-3 weapon. This firearm utilizes a variable-fire system and multiple modification options to take the title as one of the most adaptable weapons in the game.

3. M60 Machine Gun

The M60 Machine Gun Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
The M60 Machine Gun Crafting Recipe

The ultimate in crowd control, the tier-4 M60 Machine Gun is a devastating and surprisingly accurate weapon. This gun carries a massive box magazine and maintains its accuracy at range, making it ideal for mowing down hordes of zombies.

Final thoughts on Machine Gun Parts

As impressive as it is that our character is capable of crafting a Pipe Machine Gun from nothing more than scrap, we can’t expect modern machine guns to function correctly when they’re using a sewing needle as a firing pin. The Fun Pimps have decreed that the real zombie mowers will need to be constructed from proper parts.

If you’re looking for some more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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