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M60 7.62mm Machine Gun

The M60 machine gun is a gas-operated, belt-fed, air-cooled weapon which fires from an open bolt and in automatic mode only. It was once the primary squad support machine gun of the United States military, being fielded in the squad support and vehicle mounted roles. The vehicle mounts included naval patrol boats, naval vessels, helicopters, wheeled and tracked vehicles.
M60 7.62mm Machine Gun

Characteristics

Dimensions
Barrel length: 1 105 millimeters 43.5 inches
Overall length: 560 millimeters 22.5 inches
Weight
Empty weight: 10.51 kilograms 23.17 pounds
Features
Caliber: 7.62×51 millimeter NATO
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Feed: Disintegrating link belt-fed
Rate of fire (sustained): 100 rounds per minute (6- to 9-round bursts; 4 to 5 seconds between bursts; barrel changed every 10 minutes)
Rate of fire (rapid): 200 rounds per minute (10- to 13-round bursts; 2 to 3 seconds between bursts; barrel changed every 2 minutes)
Rate of fire (cyclic): 550 rounds per minute (Fire continuous burst; barrel changed every minute.)
Muzzle velocity: 853 meters per second 2 800 feet per second
Effective range (tripod, area target): 1 100 meters 3 609 feet
Effective range (tripod, point target): 800 meters 2 625 feet
Effective range (bipod, area target): 800 meters 2 625 feet
Effective range (bipod, point target): 600 meters 1 968.5 feet
Effective range (bipod, moving target): 200 meters 656 feet
Maximum range: 3 725 meters 12 221 feet

Timeline

1957 - Date deployed