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purpose

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.

 

features

Ammunition: 7.62mm
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

roles

Just a few of the enlisted roles that operate this weapon are:

  • LAV Marine
  • Machine Gunner
  • Rifleman
  • Armor Marine

View a list of roles in the Marine Corps.

 

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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.