Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Gun of the Day- The "There's an M-60 in There Somewhere" Edition

The M-60 Machine Gun

Service history
In service 1957–present
Vietnam War
Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian–Vietnamese War
The Troubles
Gulf War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Cambodian–Thai border stand-off
Colombian armed conflict
various others
Production history
Designed Late 1940s–1957
Manufacturer Saco Defense
U.S. Ordnance
Unit cost $6,000
Produced 1957–present
Weight 10.5 kg (23.15 lb)
Length 1,105 mm (43.5 in)
Barrel length 560 mm (22.0 in)
Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62 mm (0.308 in)
Action Gas-operated, short stroke gas piston[2], open bolt
Rate of fire 500–650 rounds/min (rpm)
Muzzle velocity 2,800 ft/s (853 m/s)
Effective range 1,200 yd (1,100 m)
Feed system Disintegrating belt with M13 Links
Sights Iron sights

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