The M240 Machinegun provides Marines with a continuous and high rate of fire 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 longer effective range. Typically, the tripod is employed when the weapon is to be used for defensive situations, or when precise fire is needed in support of maneuver units. The bipod is always attached and is suitable for use while patrolling.
Weight with bipod: 24 pounds
Length: 47.5 inches
Maximum effective range with tripod: 1800 meters (1.1 miles)
Maximum range: 3725 meters (2.31 miles)
Maximum rate of fire: 100 rounds/minute (sustained), 200 rounds/minute (rapid), 650-950 rounds/minute (cyclic)
During rapid fire, the barrel should be changed every two minutes
Can be mounted on tanks and light armored vehicles
Just a few of the enlisted roles that operate this weapon are:
- LAV Crewman
- Machine Gunner
- M1A1 Tank Crewman
View a list of roles in the Marine Corps.