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M60E3 light machine gun

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M60E3 light machine gun

M60E3 light machine gun - PR.92.

  • M60E3 light machine gun

    M60E3 light machine gun - PR.92.

Date: 1970 | Object number: PR.92

M60E3 light machine gun

Description

Collection no: PR.92
Country: USA
Date: 1970
Calibre: 7.62 × 51 mm NATO
Barrel length: 665 mm
Overall length: 1008 mm

Mechanically based upon the German FG42 automatic rifle of the Second World War, the M60 was designed as a belt-fed light machine gun firing the then-new 7.62 × 51 mm NATO round, and entered service in 1957.

It developed a reputation for unreliability and required the use of an absestos glove to change an overheated barrel. It was also adapted for use as an aircraft door-gun, where the ability to give sustained fire might be less crucial.

In any case, in improved form it remains in production and U.S. military service today, as it is relatively light in weight for its calibre.

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