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Saturday, March 19, 2011

M240 Medium Machine Gun

Machine Gun, 7.62 mm, M240
PEO M240B Profile.jpg
Type General purpose machine gun
Place of origin
  •  Belgium
  •  United States
Service history
In service 1977-present
Used by United States Armed Forces
  • Gulf War
  • Iraq conflict
  • Afghanistan conflict
Production history
Designer Ernest Vervier
Designed 1950s
Manufacturer FN Manufacturing, LLC
Produced 1977–present
Variants See Variants
Weight 25.99 lb (11.79 kg)
Length 49.7 in (1,263 mm)
Barrel length 24.8 in (630 mm)
Width 4.7 in (118.7 mm)
Height 10.4 in (263 mm)

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, open bolt
Rate of fire 650–1,000 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 2,800 ft/s (853 m/s)
Effective range
  • Bipod: 880 yd (800 m)
  • Tripod: 1,800 m (1,980 yd)
Maximum range 4,074 yd (3,725 m)
Feed system Non-disintegrating DM1 or disintegrating M13 linked belt
Sights Folding leaf sight with aperture and notch, front blade

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