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The Ever-Popular M240

One of the most loved weapons among the infantry in the United States Armed Forces is the M240 Machine Gun.  In use since the 1980s, the M240 is a belt-fed, gas operated medium machine gun that uses the 7.62 x 51mm NATO cartridge.  While it isn’t the lightest machine gun in its class, it is one of the most reliable and most widely used.

The M240 is often found among rifle companies, as well as ground vehicles, watercraft and aircraft.  This machine gun is usually fired from a bipod, tripod, or a mounted position on a vehicle.  There are many variants of this weapon, with each deviation designed to meet a specific area of the military.  One of the most common variations is the M240G, which is most commonly found in the Marines.  It allows for commonality throughout the Corps, regardless of whether the weapon is used in infantry, vehicular or airborne roles.

The video is a demonstration of the M240B.  It takes place during an Air Force training session in Virginia.

Posted by on August 1st, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military