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M240B Machine Gun

Mission of the M240B Machine Gun
Deter, and if necessary, repel adversaries by enabling individuals and small units to engage targets with
accurate, lethal, direct automatic fire.

Entered Army Service
1997

M240 Description and Specifications
The M240B Machine Gun is a ground-mounted, gas-operated, crew-served machine gun. This reliable 7.62mm
machine gun delivers more energy to the target than the smaller caliber M-249 SAW. It is being issued to
infantry, armor, combat engineer, special force/rangers, and selected field artillery units that require medium
support fires and will replace the ground-mounted M-60 series machine guns currently in use.

Caliber:   7.62 mm
Weight:   27.6 lbs
Max. Effective Range:   1800 m (area target) 800 m (point target)
Rate of Fire:   200-600 rounds per minute

Manufacturer
FN Manufacturing (Columbia, SC)
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