M240 is a medium machine gun belonging to a family of belt-fed, gas-operated medium machine guns named FN MAG. It was designed by Ernest Vervier in the 1950s and is being used by the United States Armed Forces since 1977. Apart from the US armed forces it is also being used by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It is mostly used by the infantry. It is suitable for ground, water and air vehicles. Though it is not one of the lightest medium machineguns it is highly popular for its reliability. Besides it has been standardized within the NATO countries.
It fires 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge and 750-950 rounds per minute. The machine gun is 49.7 inches in length and the barrel is 24.8 inches in length. It has many variants like M240E4/M240B, M240C, M240E1, M240D, M240G, M240E5/M240H and M240L. The weight varies according to the variant. Such as M240B weighs 27.1 pounds (12.3 kg), M240G is of 25.6 pounds (11.6 kg) and the M240L weighs 22.3 pounds (10.1 kg). All the variants supports both tripod and bipod mounting facility; and the effective firing range is 800m in bipod and 1800m while being shot from a tripod.
A Iraqi soldier and his buddy are in a bind, trying to get a break from an ISIS “sniper” somewhere in their area. They have an M240 Machine Gun in hand, a lot of unused 7.62mm ammo bullets, and a working video camera to show everything that happened. In a panic, the soldier focuses on reloading his gun, no […]
Ironclad Gloves – Easier and Nicer Looking In the old days, the soldier’s GI issue glove for changing out the barrel of the M240 Machine Gun (and other MGs) was the standard ugly-looking asbestos glove. Also the asbestos gloves of old are often no longer included in the crew served kits because of medical concerns. Units […]