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FN Minimi MK3 Belgian 5.56mm Light Machine Gun

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notes"The FN Minimi series is a family of belt-fed, fully automatic, gas-operated, air-cooled light machine guns chambered in 5.56 × 45 mm. The name is a contraction of the French Mini Mitrailleuse; “mini machine gun”. It is designed to provide infantry with direct fire support capability at the section level. The FN Minimi is designed to provide greater fire at the section level while still being easily mobile. The Mk 3 has updates to the furniture and manufacturing processes over the original. The operating processes and components described here apply to all previous generations of the Minimi unless otherwise stated. In November 2013, FN Herstal unveiled the improved Mk3 version of the Minimi light machine gun. The upgrades were based on operational experience and user feedback over the past 10–15 years. It can be converted to fire in either 5.56×45mm or 7.62×51mm rounds. The stock is 5-position adjustable that is also adjustable for cheek rest height with a folding shoulder rest and hydraulic buffer. The feed tray has retaining pawls to hold ammunition from the belt in place while loading. The handguard has three forward Picatinny rails. A new bipod is a 3-position height adjustable and seamlessly integrates into the shape of the handguard when folded back regardless of accessories that may be attached. Other features include a more ergonomic cocking handle and an optional heat shield, enabled by an added-on long pin, to protect from barrel heat. Users that already have Minimi machine guns can partially or completely upgrade their existing weapons with the Mk3 features."
dateOfIntroduction2013
countryOfOrigin"Belgium"
proliferation"Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Egypt, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Libya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Viet Nam, Yemen"
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name"Alternate Designation"
value"FN Minimi MK3 5.56mm Light Machine Gun"
name"Caliber"
value"5.56 mm"
name"Type"
value"Light Machine Gun"
name"Manufacturer"
value"FN Herstal"
name"Length, Overall"
value"1,040 mm"
name"Length, Collapsible stock Fixed and Extended"
value"939 mm with 349 mm barrel."
name"Length, Collapsible stock Fixed and Stowed"
value"863 mm with 349 mm barrel."
name"Barrel Length"
value"Long barrel: 465 mm; Short barrel: 349 mm."
name"Width"
value"133 mm"
name"Height"
value"230 mm"
name"Height, Bipod Extended"
value"340 mm"
name"Weight, Unloaded"
value"7.8 kg"
name"Rifling"
value"RH, 1 in 178 mm"
name"Action"
value"The weapon is a belt-fed, fully-automatic, long-stroke gas-operated light machine gun, firing from an open bolt."
name"Mode of Fire"
value"Fully-automatic only"
name"Mode of Locking"
value"Rotating bolt"
name"Cyclic Rate of Fire"
value"±800 rds/min"
name"Maximum Firing Range"
value"1,000 m"
name"Effective Firing Range"
value"500 m"
name"Feed System"
value"Belt, disintegrating link and STANAG box magazine."
name"Sights, Rear"
value"Semi-fixed hooded post, adjustable for windage and elevation"
name"Sights, Front"
value"Aperture, adjustable for windage and elevation. (300 to 1,000 m)"
name"Sight Radius"
value"490 mm"
name"Ancillaries"
value"The Mk 3 Minimi is fitted with a bipod mounted at the front of the weapon, just behind the gas regulator. The bipod legs can be extended to accommodate different terrains, environments, and shooting positions, and have three different length positions available."
name"Accessories"
value"Standard equipment supplied with the Minimi consists of three ammunition boxes, a cleaning kit stored inside the forearm, lubricant bottle, sling and blank-firing barrel."
name"Ammunition"
properties
name"Type"
value"Rifle"
name"Caliber"
value"5.56 mm"
name"Cartridge"
value"5.56 × 45 mm NATO"
name"Basic Load"
value"INA"
variants
name"FN Minimi Mk 3 (5.56×45mm or 7.62×51mm)"
notes"In November 2013, FN Herstal unveiled the improved Mk3 version of the Minimi light machine gun. The upgrades were based on operational experience and user feedback over the past 10–15 years. It can be converted to fire in either 5.56×45mm or 7.62×51mm rounds. The stock is 5-position adjustable that is also adjustable for cheek rest height with a folding shoulder rest and hydraulic buffer. The feed tray has retaining pawls to hold ammunition from the belt in place while loading. The handguard has three forward Picatinny rails. A new bipod is a 3-position height adjustable and seamlessly integrates into the shape of the handguard when folded back regardless of accessories that may be attached. Other features include a more ergonomic cocking handle and an optional heat shield, enabled by an added-on long pin, to protect from barrel heat. Users that already have Minimi machine guns can partially or completely upgrade their existing weapons with the Mk3 features."
name"M249 SAW"
notes"The M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) is the US-manufactured version of the Minimi, in service with the US Army and US Marine Corps (USMC). Featuring slight changes to the construction such as the barrel, addition of a heat shield, and a revised operating rod, the gun was also optimised for US manufacturing processes. The M249 light machine gun (LMG), also known as the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) which continues to be the manufacturer's designation and formally written as Light Machine Gun, 5.56 mm, M249, is the American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN). The M249 is manufactured in the United States by the local subsidiary FN Manufacturing LLC in Columbia, South Carolina and is widely used in the U.S. Armed Forces. The weapon was introduced in 1984 after being judged the most effective of a number of candidate weapons to address the lack of automatic firepower in small units. The M249 provides infantry squads with the high rate of fire of a machine gun combined with accuracy and portability approaching that of a rifle. The M249 is gas operated and air-cooled. It has a quick-change barrel, allowing the gunner to rapidly replace an overheated or jammed barrel. A folding bipod is attached near the front of the gun, though an M192 LGM tripod is available. It can be fed from both linked ammunition and STANAG magazines, like those used in the M16 and M4. This allows the SAW gunner to use rifle magazines as a source of ammunition in case they run out of belts. However, rifle magazines should only be used in emergencies due to their high malfunction rate. M249s have seen action in every major conflict involving the United States since the U.S. invasion of Panama in 1989. Due to the weight and age of the weapon, the United States Marine Corps is fielding the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle with plans to partially replace the M249 in Marine Corps service. The M249 is a belt-fed light machine gun. It fires the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge, usually a combination of one M856 tracer and four M855 ball cartridges fed from M27 linked belts. Belts are typically held in a hard plastic or soft canvas box attached to the underside of the weapon. The M249 can also fire rifle grenades. It fires from an open bolt and is gas operated. When the trigger is pulled, the bolt and bolt carrier move forward under the power of the recoil spring. A cartridge is stripped from the belt, chambered, and discharged, sending a bullet down the bore. Expanding propellant gases are diverted through a hole in the barrel into a chamber. This pressure moves a piston providing the energy to extract and eject the spent casing as well as advance the belt and compress the recoil spring, thus preparing for subsequent shots. At 1,041 mm (41 in) long and 7.5 kg (17 lb) in weight (10 kg (22 lb) including a 200-round belt and plastic ammo box), the M249 is a cumbersome weapon. The M249’s air-cooled barrel is equipped with a mechanism to remove and replace the barrel assembly with a spare, this makes it easy for operator to easily change the barrel on the field when it gets too hot during extensive amounts of fire. The barrel has a rifling twist rate of one turn in 180 mm (7 in). A folding bipod with adjustable legs is attached near the front of the weapon, though there are provisions for hard-mounting to a M192 Lightweight Ground Mount tripod or vehicle mount. The M249’s original gas regulator featured two different gas port sizes, normal and adverse. The adverse setting increases the cyclic rate of fire from 700–850 rounds per minute to 950–1,150 rounds per minute and is used only in extreme environmental conditions or when heavy fouling is present in the weapon's gas tube. The two-position gas regulator was discarded as part of a product improvement program, which made the M249’s that received the product improvement kit can no longer fire at higher cyclic rate. The sustained rate of fire, the rate at which the gunner can fire continuously without overheating, is around 100 rounds per minute. Whilst the rapid rate of fire is around 200 rounds per minute."
name"Mk 46 Mod 0"
notes"The Mk 46 Mod 0 is the M249 modified for service with US Special Operations Forces. Previously known as the M249 Special Purpose Weapon (SPW)."
name"Mk 46 Mod 1"
notes"The Mk 46 Mod 1 is the product improved version of the Mk 46 Mod 0, designed for service with US Special Operations Forces."
name"Mk 48 Mod 1"
notes"The Mk 48 Mod 1 is the FN Minimi variant chambered in 7.62 × 51 mm and modified for service with US Special Operations Forces."
name"F89 Minimi"
notes"Original production version of the Australian version of the Minimi, manufactured by ADI Ltd."
name"F89A1 Minimi"
notes"Updated model of the F89 Minimi, currently in service with the Royal Australian Navy."
name"F89A2 Minimi"
notes"Current upgraded standard of the F89 in service with the Australian Armed forces."
name"Para Minimi"
notes"Compact variant of the Australian F89, in service with special forces and airborne units."
name"C9A2"
notes"The C9A2 is the current production model in use with the Canadian Armed Forces."
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