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"Ah the Machine gun, force multiplier, a weapon that can turn one soldier into a squad can suppress the enemy from distance in order for his comrades to advance.
My experience with the military was colored wonderfully by the M60, a monster of a weapon by today's standard. I learned by being the team gunner (we had 3-4 per squad in the MP corps) that this monster could be used from simple suppression to the more complex clearing of buildings (within and without) from full-auto glory to a single shot killer. Good teachers and practice could make it unbelievably accurate, and a good steady position could control an area without equal.
Ah how i miss the "Hog" and the 27 pounds of weapon it was, not counting the 200 to 600 rounds usually on my assistant gunner and myself. (yeah, 1200 rounds of wreckage).
my experience was limited but enjoyable with the M249 SAW. it burned through ammo far to quickly for my tastes, but then you got to carry twice as much when fielding it"
First machine gun was invented in USA by Hiram
Maxim in 1883 and patented two
years later. First wars Maxims' MGs was taken into was colonial war in South
Africa and Russia-Japan war
(1904-1905). During WW 1 all sides used many machineguns, both heavy
(on wheels or tripods) and ligth (on bipods). After WW1 MGs become a standart
issue as a squad weapons for ground and anti-aircraft warfare.
Most widely used MGs were Maxims (in many modifications), Brownings M1919,
Gotchkiss. Between two World Wars first appeared large caliber MGs (as a rule,
its caliber was .50", or 12.7mm). Best examples - Belgian/American Browning M2
and Soviet DShK-12.7. During WW2 Germans developed first mass "universal" MG
(Mg42, later - Mg43), which can be used as a "ligth" MG on bipod or as a "heavy"
one on tripod against ground or air targets. This MGs set the trend, so almost
all modern "medium" MGs such as Belgian MAG, American M60, Russian PKM may be
used on bipod or tripod, as needed.
Today the main role of all MGs is to provide
sustained firepower for troops against enemy troops and unarmored targets. Heavy
(.50/12.7mm) MGs can deal with lightly armored targets such as APCs, recon
Almost every infantry squad in the world has at
least one light MG. Russian squad usually equipped with one RPK-74 MG, US Army
squad - with two M249 SAWs. Medium MGs usually are installed on vehicles (APCs,
Jeeps, tanks) and used in infantry on ground mounts on troop and company level.
Heavy MG are sometimes used as anti-aircraft weapons on tanks, main weapons on
APCs and recon veichles and company level support weapons in infantry.
Almost all heavy and medium MGs, and many light
ones, have quick interchangeable barrels. Usually every MG comes from factory
with one or two spare barrels, wich may be changed in battle environment within
seconds. This feature provides ability to sustain intensive fire for longer time
while one barrel is being used, the spare one can be cooled - intensive heating
during the fire can dramatically decrease accuracy and reduce the
lifetime of the barrel.
The feeding systen of almost all medium and heavy
MGs is build around belted (or linked) ammunition. Early belts were made from
textile, modern belts are made from metal. Metal belts may be "disintegrated" or
In the disintegrated belt the metal links are
linked ty each other by the cartridge. When feeding system of the MG removes
cartridge to feed the MG, links fall apart, thus "disintegrate" the
single belt into the links. In non-disintegrated belts links are connected by
the means of special details, and belts remains "one piece" even when all
cartridges are removed. Usual belt capacity for heavy MG is 50-100 rds, for
medium and light ones - 100-250 rds.
Light MG often employs the magazine feeding
system, using the standard 'assault-rifle' style box magazines for 30-45 rounds
each or hi-capacity drum or dual drum (Beta-C and others) magazines for 50-100
rounds each. In light MGs, made from assault rifles, magazines usually
exchangeable between LMG and assault rifle. Good examples are AK and RPK
Russian, Steyr AUG Austrian and L85/L86 British systems. Some light MGs such as
FN Minimi/M249 are dual-feed and can use belts or box magazines without any
"have had some experiance with Assault weapons, limited from my service time and tagging along with dads coworkers and friends.
M16a1, M16a2, FN-FAL, SKS, M-1 Garand, M14, Mini-14 GB rifle and the civilian version of the SCAR.
All have been fun to shoot, and easy to use with the exception of the FAL, that was a beast to handle and it kicked like a mule... worse than the M60..."
Assault rifles are primary offensive
weapons of modern troops. Today's AR (Assault Rifles) usually have calibers
ranging from 5.45mm to 7.62mm, magazine capacity of 20-30 or more rounds,
selective full auto and single
shot modes of fire, plus, in some models, 2 or 3 round burst mode. Effective
range of fire is some 600 meters or so; effective rate of fire - up to 400-500
rounds per minute in full auto mode. Many assault rifles shown here are, in
fact, parts of whole families of assault firearms (from short carbines to light
machineguns - Steyr AUG is a good example). Almost all AR's may be equipped with
bayonet, optical or Night Vision scope/sight and, some of them, with underbarrel
grenade launcher or rifle grenade launcher (rifle
grenades usually are put on the barrel and fired with a blank cartridge). Todays trends in AR
design are wide usage of hardened plastics and lightweight alloys and built-in
holographic (collimator) or optical scopes with magnitfication of 1X to 4-6X
(usually 1X or 1.5-3X).
Most of the worlds' recent assault rifles are
designed in bull-pup configuration. This means that buttplate is attached
directly to the receiver and handle with the trigger placed ahead of the
magazine veil. The only major countries that still stick to conventional AR
design are Germany (their latest G36 looks a little bit more 'conservative',
comparing to Austrian AUG or latest Israeli Tavor), and Russia, where latest ARs
are developed in both 'classic' (AN-94, AK-10x) and 'bull-pup' (Groza OC-14)
The history of the concept of the assault rifle
started in the early 1910's, when the famous Russian armorer, col. Fedorov
designed a small-bore selective-fire rifle with detachable box magazine.
Initially, Fedorow designed a brand new small-caliber 6.5mm cartridge for his
rifle, but, due to WW1, switched to the Japanese 6.5mm Arisaka load, which was
less powerful than the Russian 7.62x54R and available in quantity. This rifle
was aquired by the Russian army in small numbers in 1916 and
served (in very limited quantities though) with the Russian and Soviet (Red)
Army up to 1925. While the design of the selective-fire rifle was not unique for
that time, the concept of the "lightened" cartridge, more suitable for full-auto
fire, was new. Also, col.Fedorov invented the idea of infantry weapons families
(assault rifle, light machinegun, medium machinegun, vehicle and/or aircraft
mounted MGs) based on the same actions and receivers.
The next step in this history was made by Germany
- in the 1930's, theybegan research to develop a medium-power cartridge, which
would be much lighter than 7.92mm German and easier to fire accurately in
full-auto mode. This development led to the 7.92x33mm cartridge (Pistolenpatrone
7.92mm). The Germans developed some weapons designs for this load, including the
MP43 and Stg.44, but this was too late for Germany... Further development of
such designs was made by German engineers in Spain, and later in West Germany,
and led to the HK G3/G41 family of battle&assault rifles.
The United States also put in some effort to this
idea, and before WW2 developed a special less-than-medium powered cartridge
.30Carbine and a rifle for this cartridge - a so-called "baby-Garand" in
semi-auto M1 and selective-fire M2.
But the largest stride forward was made by the
USSR, when, in 1943, the Soviet Army adopted a new cartridge - the 7.62x39mm
medium-power load. In 1945 , the Soviet Army adopted the semi-auto SKS rifle in
this chambering, and, in 1947 - the AK (known for the West as AK-47). The AK was
Worlds' first sucessful assault rifle, and one of the most widely used. The Last
major step on this road was made by US again - in the late 1950's, the US Army
adopted a new (for the US) concept of military selective-fire rifle using a
small-caliber cartridge. The first of such weapons adopted was the Armalite
AR15/Colt M16, designed by Eugene Stoner. This adoption lately set the new world
trend for small-caliber (5.45-5.56mm / .22in.) high-velocity cartridges.
All further research and development, such as
caseless ammunition, multiple-bullet or sabot cartridges, etc., still haven't
produced any practical results.
"_mofo let me know if you all have any requests for coverage on the next episode"