Length: 43.1 inches (109.47 centimeters)
- 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
- Cyclic: 325-375 rounds per minute
- Rapid: 60 rounds per minute
- Sustained: 40 rounds per minute
Unit Replacement Cost: $13,758
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
Length: 61.42 inches (156 centimeters)
Bore diameter: .50 inches (12.7mm)
- 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)
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.
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)
- 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.