M60 Machine Gun, 7.62mm

The M60 7.62mm machine gun has been the U.S. Army's general purpose medium machine gun since the late 1950s. The M60 fires standard NATO 7.62mm ammunition and is used as a general support crew-served weapon.

M-60 being inspected by Thai officer and USAF Sgt. at U-Tapao Air Field, Thailand, March 1969.  The vehicle is an M151 jeep.
M-60 being inspected by Thai officer and USAF Sgt. at U-Tapao Air Field, Thailand, March 1969. The vehicle is an M-151 jeep.

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M60 Machine Gun, 7.62mm

The Machine Gun, 7.62mm, M60 series (Medium Machine Gun) was type classified in 1957 as a companion to the 7.62mm M14 rifle. The M60 is lighter than the .30 cal. M-1919A6The M60E4, and a variant called the Mk 43, were developed in the mid to late 1990s. By the mid-2000s the M60E4 and the Mk 43 had merged to become the same weapon, described by the manufacturer as:

The 7.62mm NATO Mk43 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) features the latest improvements to the M60 Series Machine Guns. It is a gas-operated, disintegrating-link, belt-fed, air-cooled machine gun. It fires from an open bolt and features a quick-change barrel. The Mk43 Mod 1 features a machined aluminum feed cover with an integrated M1913 Picatinny rail for mounting optics. An aluminum M1913 rail handguard affords mounting of infrared laser aiming devices and other sensors, giving the weapon 24-hour capability. The Mk43 Mod 0 features an injection-molded, composite handguard and typically is used as an infantry machine gun. (U.S. Ordnance)

Older M60 weapons can be converted to Mk43 system using a conversion kit by an armorer on-site in less than 30 minutes per weapon, using standard tools. The Operator's Manual for the weapon is available at this link.

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