M240 Machine Gun Family, 7.62mm
The M240, formally United States Machine Gun, 7.62mm, is a family of belt-fed, gas operated medium machine guns firing the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge (w/ M13 Link). It is the US designation for the Belgian FN MAG 58 machine gun.
The M240 has been used by the United States armed forces since the late 1970s. It is used extensively in a dismounted role by infantry units, and is also mounted in ground vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft. Despite not being the lightest medium machine gun in service, the M240 is highly regarded for reliability, and its standardization among NATO members is also seen as a major advantage.
|1005-01-025-8095||For use on vehicles. The "egress" kit can be used to convert it to the 240B Infantry variant.|
|1005-01-412-3129||Standard Infantry 240 Variant.|
|1005-01-085-4758||Variation of the 240B, with a right-handed feed.|
(See Further Down for Egress Kit NSNs)
|Aircraft variant with a front and rear sight, and a trigger grip which accomodates the spade grip device. May be converted to the ground version with an 'egress' package.|
|N/A||Known as the "240 Golf", this is the U.S. Marine variant.|
Egress Kit NSN: 1005-01-M98-0425
|Improvement of the M240D. Features a rail-equipped feed cover, an improved flash suppressor, and can be more quickly converted to the 240B via the Egress kit.|
|N/A||Experimental version currently in testing. Features a lighter receiver block and a retracting butt-stock.|
All variants of the M240 series are fed from disintegrating belts, and are capable of firing most types of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition. All variants of the FN MAG 58, including the M240, can use European-type non-disintegrating belts (following replacement of a few easily-swappable parts). They all share the same basic internal parts, which are also interchangeable, for the most part, with other members of the FN MAG family. There are significant differences in weight and some features among some versions for which this does not apply. The M240 is manufactured by the American division of FN Herstal, a Belgian company with historically deep ties to U.S. arms procurement.
Loading the weapon is performed by pulling the charging handle which locks the bolt to the rear. The weapon is placed on safe and the charging handle is pushed forward (this is spring loaded on the tank mounted version). The feed tray cover is then lifted and rounds are laid inside the feed tray. The feed tray cover is then closed and the weapon is ready for operation.
Clearing the Weapon
Clearing the weapon is performed by ensuring the bolt is locked to the rear and the weapon is on safe. The feed tray cover is then lifted, the remaining belt (if any) is swept out of the feed tray, the feed tray is lifted to visually inspect the rear of the barrel and the face of the bolt. Any links or brass casings are removed. The weapon is now clear. In the unlikely event that a live round is on the bolt face, it is knocked loose with a cleaning rod or another rigid object. If there is a live round lodged in the barrel, the operator must immediately decide if the barrel is hot enough that there is a chance of it cooking off. If there is, he will immediately move his face away from the opening of the weapon. He should then wait for the barrel to cool off before attempting to remove it. In many cases, attempting to remove the barrel will cause the round to detonate as soon as the barrel is unlocked from the receiver. He can also attempt to extract the round by taking the weapon off of safe, pulling the trigger and pulling back on the charging handle. This has a fair chance of causing the weapon to fire, so care should be made in ensuring that the weapon is pointed in a safe direction first.
Rate of Fire
The rate of fire may be controlled by three different settings. The first setting allows the weapon to cycle at 750 round/min. The two remaining settings increase the rate of fire by 100 round/min per setting second setting being 850 round/min and third setting, 950 round/min). These settings are changed by dismounting the barrel, removing the gas regulator collar and turning the gas regulator to allow more or less gas to move through the weapon system. It is generally performed before missions, as changing the setting is distracting at best under field or combat conditions.
The barrels can be exchanged rapidly, thanks to a barrel release button located on the left side of the weapon. The weapon is cleared first and then the button is held down, while the barrel's carrying handle is moved from the right side of the weapon to the center, unlocking it from the receiver. At this point, the button is released and the barrel is then pulled free of the receiver and placed to the side. The new barrel is inserted into the receiver and then the carrying handle is shifted to the right, locking it into place.
During prolonged firing, care must be taken to not allow exposed skin to come
in contact with the weapon. The barrels can become hot enough to inflict second
degree burns instantly without becoming visibly different. However, such barrels
glow brightly to anyone using any sort of optics sensitive to infrared radiation,
such as night vision devices.
(Content extracted from Wikipedia)
25.63 lb (11.1 kg)
Rate of Fire
Cyclic 650-850 rds/min
Effective Ranges: Point
1100 m (Tripod)
|1005-01-529-8411||ammo pouch||9M||50 round ammo pouch for M240 machine gun|
|1005-01-487-8049||240B rail kit||?||rail system for the machine gun|
|1005-01-431-8324||ammunition adapter||9M||allows user to attach ammo can to weapon mount|
|1005-01-439-6899||weapon sling with hook assembly||9M||padded and adjustable|
|7.62mm molle ammo pouch|
|8465-01-524-7694||issue acu molle 300 round ammo pouch||2B||ui ea|
|8465-01-515-7639||issue desert molle 300 round ammo pouch||2F||ui ea|
|8465-01-513-4186||issue woodland molle 300 round ammo pouch||2F||ui ea|
|8465-01-515-5695||eagle molle M60 ammo 100 round pouch with det top part||?||ui ea|
|8465-01-516-8384||eagle FSBE khaki M60 ammo pouch||?||ui ea|
|8465-01-538-4086||blackhawk gen-4 molle M60 100 round ammo pouch||?||ui ea|
|M240D egress package||*note these parts turn a door gun into an infantry weapon|
|1005-01-408-5901||buttstock and buffer assembly||9M||ui ea|
|1005-01-408-6669||trigger and pistol grip assembly||9M||ui ea|
|1005-01-408-5905||machine gun bipod||9M||ui ea|
|1005-00-603-4834||traversing and elevating mechanism||9M||ui ea for use with the M122A1 machine gun flexible mount|
|1005-01-254-0332||M240E1 machine gun mount||9M||ui ea for the M240B machine gun|
|1005-01-411-6340||flexible machine gun mount||2M||ui ea for mounting the M240B to M122A tripod and other machine gun mounts|
|1005-00-710-5599||M122 machine gun tripod||7M||ui ea old style tripod used with the M60 machine gun|
|1005-01-433-1617||M122A machine gun tripod||7M||ui ea new style tripod for the M240B machine gun|
|1005-01-413-4098||M197 machine gun mount||2M||ui ea for mounting the M240B hummers and other trucks|
|sights and mounts|
|1240-01-519-1600||M240B optic kit||?||M145 in optic kit|
|1240-01-411-6350||machine gun sight M145||2M||ui ea can also be used on M249 machine gun|
|6650-21-920-2496||anti-reflection lens M145 machine gun sight||9M||ui ea|
|6135-01-398-5922||lithium battery||9B||ui ea for M145 machine gun sight|
|5340-01-390-3812||AN/PAQ-2, AN/PAQ-4 lazer mount||9T||ui ea for mounting paq-4 lazer to M240B machine gun|
|5340-01-458-0473||ANPAQ-2, AN/PAQ-4 picatinny rail grabber||9T||ui ea for mounting paq-4 lazer to M240B machine gun|
|5340-01-458-0990||ANPAQ-2, AN/PAQ-4 low profile rail grabber||9M||ui ea for mounting paq-4 lazer to M240B machine gun|
|5365-01-447-8991||AN/PVS-4 spacer adaptor||9T||ui ea for mounting an/pvs-4 night sight to M240 machine gun via rail system|
|5340-01-449-8533||AN/PVS-4 mounting bracket||9G||ui ea for mounting an/pvs-4 night sight to M240 machine gun via rail system|
|1005-01-044-1026||machine gun barrel||9M||24 inches long|
|1005-01-251-9701||machine gun barrel||9M||24 inches long|
|1005-01-408-5897||machine gun barrel||9M||for M240G machine gun|
|1005-01-526-3464||B E meyers co M240 flash suppressor||?||ui ea 4.37 inches long used for night time operations|
|tools and cleaning items|
|5340-01-265-2683||cleaning rod handle||9M||3 inches long|
|1005-00-726-6109||cleaning rod section||9M||11 inches long|
|1005-00-726-6110||swab holder section||9M||3 1/2 inches long for machine gun use|
|1005-01-033-3925||cleaning brush gas cylinder||9M||round spiral brush with threaded end|
|1005-00-556-4174||cleaning brush small arms bore||9M||copper brush with threaded end|
|1005-00-690-3115||cleaning brush small arms chamber||2M||4 inches long|
|1005-00-350-4100||cleaning brush small arms receiver||2M||nylon and stainless bristles in brush|
|4933-01-033-1504||combination regulator scraper||2B||scraper|
|4933-01-033-1503||combination scraper and extractor tool||2B||disassembly tool screwdriver and scraper|
|4933-01-033-1510||ruptured cartridge extractor||2B||for use on pulling blown cartridges out of the chamber|
|4933-01-047-3394||reamer||2B||used on M240 machine gun famliy|
|1005-01-458-7004||front sight adjustment tool||9M||used on front sight|
|5143-00-329-4306||mechanics tool pouch||2B||part of weapon BII|
|9150-01-102-1473||clp 1/4 oz bottle||36||ui ea|
|9150-01-079-6124||clp 4 oz bottle||36||ui ea bottle comes with extender tube|
|6850-00-224-6656||rifle bore cleaner 2 oz bottle||36||ui ea|
|6850-00-224-6657||rifle bore cleaner 6 oz bottle||36||ui cn|
|9150-00-292-9689||lubricating weapons oil||36||ui qt|
|9150-00-889-3522||lubricating weapons oil 4 oz||36||ui bt|
|9150-00-949-0323||lubricating weapons (with teflon) oil 8 oz||36||ui tu usmc issue only|
|7920-00-205-1711||wiping rag||2E||ui bundle wt 50 pounds|
|9920-00-292-9946||tobacco pipe cleaner||2B||ui box 1344 per box|
|1005-00-288-3565||cotton cleaning swab||9M||ui pg 1000 per pg|
|4933-01-038-7183||cover disassembly tool||2B||ui ea|
|4933-01-038-7179||ejector removing tool||2B||ui ea|
|5140-00-077-2081||spanner wrench||2B||ui ea|
|cases and bags|
|8465-01-408-5431||carrying case||?||ui ea|
|1005-01-408-5422||carrying case spare barrel||9M||ui ea|
|1005-00-550-6573||cleaning rod case||9M||ui ea|
|1005-01-038-6025||spare barrel case||9M||ui ea|
|1005-01-442-8626||spare barrel case||9M||ui ea|
|1005-01-470-3006||spare barrel case||9M||ui ea|
|8415-01-092-0039||heat protective mitten||2F||ambidextrous mit for pulling a hot barrel|
|1005-01-448-2614||protective shield assembly||9C||discontinued with out replacement|
|1005-00-312-7177||sling assembly||9M||does not come with hooks|
|1005-01-411-9003||swivel sling hook||9C|
|1005-01-148-7437||M21 blank adapter||2M|
|1005-01-480-0289||M24 blank adapter||9M|
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