The HMLMG is a high-damage, moderately accurate low-to-mid-range rifle craftable for combat in RUST. The HMLMG was introduced with the RUST Combat Update in June 2022.
Whether using the iron sights or pairing it with the 8x Zoom Scope, the HMLMG is capable of delivering devastating payloads down range with striking accuracy and damage. With the second highest capacity magazine of any weapon, minor drop over distance and nearly the same rate of fire as the more powerful M249, the HMLMG is well suited to both ground demolition or overwatch. The HMLMG is capable of delivering exactly the same amount of explosive rounds for raiding purposes as the M249.
When using this weapon, there is no hiding it unless you are using a silencer. The very distinct rapid fire burst of the gun reveals the location of the person wielding it much the same way a Rocket Launcher does. People will naturally gravitate towards its location when hunting for PVP.
However, the extended range gives value to several other tools for the HMLMG, namely the attachable Weapon Lasersight and the Tactical Gloves. Either one of these items will significantly reduce weapon sway and improve stability, particularly over distances above its recommended threshold.
While this isn’t hugely noticeable on short-range automatic weapons, weapon sway is a massive disadvantage when you’re looking down a scope.
Along with reducing weapon sway and improving your range, it is necessary to adapt to bullet drop. You can practice firing on battle tags servers, but nothing replaces trying to use the HMLMG on a live server.
The RUST HMLMG can be crafted at a tier 3 workbench, requiring a significant investment to both research and make. Players may also find this weapon in both elite and locked crates.
The HMLMG accepts the following bullet types: 5.56 Rifle Ammo, Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo, Incendiary 5.56 Rifle Ammo, HV 5.56 Rifle Ammo.
While potentially devastating, HMLMG’s are not a good option for Auto Turret defense systems. Other players will be attracted like moths to flame for an opportunity to shoot out the turret for a free highly-prized weapon.