M240B Machine Gun

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This is the Best Modern Machine Gun in the World

Performance

This gun is completely reliable and very accurate for an open-bolt machine gun. It's not often that you can say the military did what was best for the troops when discussing guns, but the replacement of the M60 with the M240 series definitely falls under that category.

Features

The M240 series comes in several different variations for different purposes. The different models and uses are as follows:

The M240/M240C model is designed as a coaxial machine gun for tanks and
7.62MM fire power on light armored vehicles.

The M240D model is designed as a pintle mounted window/door gun for use in rotary aircraft.

The M240B/M240G model is designed as a tripod mounted or bipod supported machine gun for use by ground forces.

The M240E1 model is designed with front and rear sights and spade grip trigger device, and is pintle mounted on light armored vehicles.

The M240N model is designed with front and rear sights; and is configured for mounting on water craft.

The rail on the top cover assembly allows a wide variety of optics to be mounted on the M240. One very common optic is the M145 Machine Gun Optic (MGO) made by Elcan, a Canadian company. This sight is very rugged, but has a very unforgiving eye relief which makes it much better suited for static postitions than mounted to a vehicle. The M240 can also be fitted with a rail system under the barrel to allow other aiming devices to be mounted, so if the 26-29 pound gun isn't heavy enough already, you can add more stuff to look cool in the pictures

Appeal

Well, it's a belt-fed machine gun (aka high-velocity sprinkler system), so the appeal is off the charts.

Summary

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This is the Best Modern Machine Gun in the World

Performance Rating: 
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Performance: 

This gun is completely reliable and very accurate for an open-bolt machine gun. It's not often that you can say the military did what was best for the troops when discussing guns, but the replacement of the M60 with the M240 series definitely falls under that category.

Features Rating: 
9
Features: 

The M240 series comes in several different variations for different purposes. The different models and uses are as follows:

The M240/M240C model is designed as a coaxial machine gun for tanks and
7.62MM fire power on light armored vehicles.

The M240D model is designed as a pintle mounted window/door gun for use in rotary aircraft.

The M240B/M240G model is designed as a tripod mounted or bipod supported machine gun for use by ground forces.

The M240E1 model is designed with front and rear sights and spade grip trigger device, and is pintle mounted on light armored vehicles.

The M240N model is designed with front and rear sights; and is configured for mounting on water craft.

The rail on the top cover assembly allows a wide variety of optics to be mounted on the M240. One very common optic is the M145 Machine Gun Optic (MGO) made by Elcan, a Canadian company. This sight is very rugged, but has a very unforgiving eye relief which makes it much better suited for static postitions than mounted to a vehicle. The M240 can also be fitted with a rail system under the barrel to allow other aiming devices to be mounted, so if the 26-29 pound gun isn't heavy enough already, you can add more stuff to look cool in the pictures

Appeal Rating: 
10
Appeal: 

Well, it's a belt-fed machine gun (aka high-velocity sprinkler system), so the appeal is off the charts.

The M240 series machine gun is a wonderful replacement for the M60. I was a young infantry soldier when we made the switch, so I had the opportunity to compare the guns side by side and there really is no comparison. There is a reason so many professional armies around the world use the FN M240/GPMG. The rate of fire, 650-950 rds/min for all models but the B and N models allows for very good supression of an enemy position. The Technical Manual warns against setting the gas regulator to the high rate of fire posititon as it causes excessive wear on the gun. the B and N models use a hydraulic buffer assembly which limits the cyclic rate of fire to 600-650 rds/min. This lower rate makes more sense as it allows better control of the gun and consumes less ammo, which is definitely a plus for those who have to lug the ammo while dismounted. at 5.5 lbs per hundred rounds of linked 7.62 ammo, ammo consumption is a big issue if you have to hump it. I have had an M240B mounted on top of my truck for three tours to Iraq and have had nothing but good experiences with it. This gun is very easy to maintain, yet is very reliable and can take a lot of abuse before needing maintenance. Overall, if I had to choose one machine gun to take into battle, it would be the M240B without hesitation.

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