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Jul 29

M240 Machine Gun

The M240 Machine Gun provides Marines with a continuous and high rate of fire with which to engage long-range targets. It is a heavier automatic weapon than the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) but provides a faster rate of fire and a greater effective range.

M240 Machine Gun Specs:

  • Cartridge: 7.62×51mm NATO
  • Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
  • Rate of Fire: 750–950 rounds/min
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,800 ft/s (853 m/s)
  • Effective Range:
  • Bipod: 800 m (880 yd)
  • 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
  • Weight:
    • M240B: 27.1 pounds (12.3 kg)
    • M240G: 25.6 pounds (11.6 kg)
    • M240L: 22.3 pounds (10.1 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)