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Machine Gun, 7.62 mm, M240
PEO M240B Profile.jpg
Type General-purpose machine gun
Place of origin * Belgium
Service history
In service 1977–present
Used by United States Armed Forces
Wars * Gulf War
Production history
Designer Ernest Vervier
Designed 1950s
Manufacturer FN Manufacturing, LLC
Produced 1977–present
Variants See Variants
Weight M240B: 27.1 pounds (12.3 kg)
M240G: 25.6 pounds (11.6 kg)
M240L: 22.3 pounds (10.1 kg)
Length 49.7 in (1,263 mm)
Barrel length 24.8 in (630 mm)
Width 4.7 in (118.7 mm)
Height 10.4 in (263 mm)

Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Action Gas-operated, open bolt
Rate of fire 750–950 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity 2,800 ft/s (853 m/s)
Effective range * Bipod: 800 m (880 yd)
  • Tripod: 1,800 m (1,980 yd)
Maximum range 4,074 yd (3,725 m)
Feed system Non-disintegrating DM1 or disintegrating M13 linked belt
Sights Folding leaf sight with aperture and notch, front blade

The M240 machine gun is a type of machine gun. It fires the 7.62mm NATO cartridge. It is gas-operated and the bullets are fed into the chamber by a belt. The M240 has been used by the United States Armed Forces since the late-1970s. It is used a lot by infantry. The M240 is also mounted onto ground vehicles, boats, and helicopters.

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