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E0994 – MK19 Mod3 40mm Grenade Machine Gun

The MK19 Mod3 40mm Grenade Machine Gun was first developed by the Navy in the early 1960's. TACOM-ARDEC has since suggested modifications to this system which has enabled the Army to deploy the MK19 in the harsh environments encountered during world-wide operations and has therefore enhanced its performance. The MK19 firing rate is over 350 grenades per minute and it is effective to ranges of over 2200 meters. The system was deployed in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Storm and devastated enemy infantry.
Manufacturer: Saco Defense Industries
Length: 43.1 inches (109.47 centimeters)
Bore diameter: 40mm
Weight:

  • Gun: 72.5 pounds (32.92 kilograms)
  • Cradle (MK64 Mod 5): 21.0 pounds (9.53 kilograms)
  • Tripod: 44.0 pounds (19.98 kilograms)
  • Total: 137.5 pounds (62.43 kilograms)

Muzzle velocity: 790 feet (240.69 meters) per second
Maximum range: 2200 meters
Maximum effective range: 1600 meters

Rates of fire:

  • Cyclic: 325-375 rounds per minute
  • Rapid: 60 rounds per minute
  • Sustained: 40 rounds per minute

Unit Replacement Cost: $13,758

Features: The MK19 40mm machine gun, MOD 3 is an air-cooled, disintegrating metallic link-belt fed, blowback operated, fully automatic weapon and is crew transportable over short distances with limited amounts of ammunition. It can fire a variety of 40mm grenades. The M430 HEDP 40mm grenade will pierce armor up to 2 inches thick, and will produce fragments to kill personnel within 5 meters and wound personnel within 15 meters of the point of impact. Associated components are: MK64 Cradle Mount, MOD 5; M3 Tripod Mount; and the AN/TVS-5 Night Vision Sight. The MK19 also mounts in the up-gunned weapons station of the LVTP7A1 model of the AAV and vehicle ring mounts.
Background: Although the MK 19 is a relatively recent entry into the Army guns inventory, development began in 1963. The first version was a hand-cranked multiple grenade launcher called the MK 18. In 1966, the need for more fire power inspired the development of a self-powered 40-mm machine gun called the MK 19 MOD 0. This model was neither reliable enough nor safe enough for use as a military gun. Product improvements begun in 1971 resulted in the 1972 MOD 1, of which only six were produced. The MOD 1 performed effectively in Navy riverine patrol craft, and broader applications for the MK 19 were found. In 1973, the Navy developed the MOD 2, which featured improved reliability, safety and maintainability. In 1976, a complete redesign resulted in the MK 19 MOD 3, which the Army adopted in 1983. The Army will use the MK 19 within the tactical environment for defense, retrograde, patrolling, rear area security, MOUT, and special operations.AMMUNITION: The MK 19 fires six types of cartridges: M430I / M430A1 high-explosive dual-purpose grenades, M383 high-explosive grenade, M385I / M918 training practice, and M922/M922A1 dummy rounds.

E0989 – M240B Medium Machine Gun

The M240B, is the standard US Marine Corps medium machine gun. The Marine Corps replaced the M60E3 with the M240G and subsequently replaced by the M240B. The ground version of the M240 allows for a common medium machine gun throughout the Marine Corps. The M240B Machine Gun is the ground version of the original M240/M240E1, 7.62mm medium class weapon designed as a coaxial/pintle mounted machine gun for tanks and light armored vehicles. The rate of fire may be controlled by three different regulator settings. The M240G is modified for ground use by the installation of an "infantry modification kit," comprised of a flash suppressor, front sight, carrying handle for the barrel, a buttstock, infantry length pistol grip, bipod, and rear sight assembly.

The M240B is equipped with an integrated optical rail feed cover and a handguard with heat shield to provide thermal protection to the operator.
Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale Manufacturing, Inc.
Length: 47.5 inches (120.65 centimeters)
Weight: 24.2 pounds (10.99 kilograms)
Bore diameter: 7.62mm (.308 inches)
Maximum effective range: 1.1 miles (1.8 kilometers) on tripod mount
Maximum range: 2.31 miles (3.725 kilometers)
Rates of fire:

  • Cyclic: 650-950 rounds per minute
  • Rapid: 200 rounds per minute
  • Sustained: 100 rounds per minute

Unit Replacement Cost: $6,600

E0980 – M2(A1) .50cal Machine Gun HB

Builder: Saco Defense
Length: 61.42 inches (156 centimeters)
Bore diameter: .50 inches (12.7mm)
Weight:

  • Gun: 84 pounds (38 kilograms)
  • M3 Tripod (Complete): 44 pounds (19.98 kilograms)
  • Total: 128 pounds (58 kilograms)

Maximum effective range: 2000 meters with tripod mount
Maximum range: 4.22 miles (6.8 kilometers)

Cyclic rate of fire: 550 rounds per minute
Unit Replacement Cost: $14,002
Features: The Browning M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun, Heavy Barrel is an automatic, recoil operated, air-cooled machine gun with adjustable head-space and is crew transportable with limited amounts of ammunition over short distances. By re-positioning some of the component parts, ammunition may be fed from either the left or right side. A disintegrating metallic link-belt is used to feed the ammunition into the weapon.
This gun is has a back plate with spade grips, trigger, a relatively new safety, and bolt latch release. This gun may be mounted on ground mounts and most vehicles as an anti-personnel and anti-aircraft weapon. The gun is equipped with leaf-type rear sight, flash suppressor and a spare barrel assembly. Associated components are the M63 antiaircraft mount and the M3 tripod mount.
Required: headspace an timing verification before firing.
Background: Numerous manufacturers originally produced the M2 Heavy Machine Gun.
The replacement for the M2, the M2A1, of which the Army is the PICA, no longer requires headspace an timing.

E0960 – M249 Squad Automatic Weapon

Primary function: Hand-held combat machine gun
Manufacturer: Fabrique Nationale Manufacturing, Inc.
Bore diameter: 5.56mm (.233 inches)
Length: 40.87 inches (103.81 centimeters)

Weight:

  • With bipod and tools: 15.16 pounds (6.88 kilograms)
  • 200-round box magazine: 6.92 pounds (3.14 kilograms)
  • 30-round magazine: 1.07 pounds (.49 kilograms)

Maximum effective range: 3281 feet (1000 meters) for an area target
Maximum range: 2.23 miles (3.6 kilometers)

Rates of fire:

  • Cyclic: 725 rounds per minute
  • Sustained: 85 rounds per minute
  • Unit Replacement Cost: $4,087

Features: The Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), or 5.56mm M249 is an individually portable, gas operated, magazine or disintegrating metallic link-belt fed, light machine gun with fixed headspace and quick change barrel feature. The M249 engages point targets out to 800 meters, firing the improved NATO standard 5.56mm cartridge.
The SAW forms the basis of firepower for the fire team. The gunner has the option of using 30-round M16 magazines or linked ammunition from pre-loaded 200-round plastic magazines. The gunner's basic load is 600 rounds of linked ammunition.

Background: The SAW was developed through an initially Army-led research and development effort and eventually a Joint NDO program in the late 1970s/early 1980s to restore sustained and accurate automatic weapons fire to the fire team and squad. When actually fielded in the mid-1980s, the SAW was issued as a one-for-one replacement for the designated "automatic rifle" (M16A1) in the Fire Team. In this regard, the SAW filled the void created by the retirement of the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) during the 1950s because interim automatic weapons (e.g. M-14E2/M16A1) had failed as viable "base of fire" weapons. Early in the SAW's fielding, the Army identified the need for a Product Improvement Program (PIP) to enhance the weapon. This effort resulted in a "PIP kit" which modifies the barrel, handguard, stock, pistol grip, buffer, and sights.

E0892 – M203A2 Grenade Launcher

The Colt M203 Grenade Launcher is a lightweight single shot breech loaded 40mm weapon designed especially for attachment to the M16A2 Rifle and M4 Carbine.

Caliber:    40mm (1.57')
Weight: 3.0 lbs. (empty)    3.6 lbs. (loaded)
Overall Length: 15"
Barrel Length 12"
Height: 3.3" (below rifle bbl C/L)
Width:    3.3' (maximum)

Ammunition Type:  Most commonly used CN/CS/OC tear gas rounds, smoke, non lethal projectiles, signal and practice rounds as well as standard 40mm TP rounds.

E0195 – M4 Carbine

Colt M4 Carbine is a versatile weapon system with proven combat utility and performance providing the operator with the confidence required to accomplish any mission. Featuring a 14.5 in. (37 cm) barrel it is designed for use wherever lightness, speed of action, mobility and fire power are required. It can be comfortably carried, yet be instantly available to provide the power, accuracy and range of a 5.56mm Rifle. Proven in military operations, it stands alone as a first-line weapon system. Colt M4 Carbine is today's weapon of choice; the weapon of the 21st century soldier.

The M4 Carbine is an extremely accurate and effective weapon under all practical field applications. It is a favorite with both first line infantry operations as well as special forces, unit commanders and vehicle crews. Available with a Safe/Semi/Full Auto 3-position selector (model R0977) the M4 Carbine is today’s weapon of choice.

The M4 Carbine barrel is designed to accept the M203 Grenade Launcher which can easily be assembled to the carbine offering the user both point and area firing capabilities. Also, all US and NATO rifle grenades can be fired without any supplementary equipment.

The M4 Carbine features a redesigned 4-position sliding buttstock allowing it to adapt to soldiers of different sizes and physical characteristics as well as various firing positions or clothing variations. Almost all mechanical components are interchangeable with those of the M16 rifle, ensuring quality, commonality of parts and reduced maintenance costs.