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Weapons: Scopes Make Machine-gun More Lethal
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July 14, 2009: The U.S. Marine Corps is spending $33 million to equip many of its M240B 7.62mm machine-gun with an optical scope from Trijicon. This firm supplies a wide range of rifle and machine-gun scopes for police and military customers. Trijicon has an 8x48 machine-gun scope that weighs less than half a pound and retails for $2,500. This scope has a red chevron aiming point, bullet drop compensator and two-eyes-open aiming capability. The sight does not need a battery and is waterproof. The marines will get 25 of these scopes within a year, and the rest within the next four years.

The M240 replaced the four decade old M60 machine-gun, and is more reliable and easier to use. It is effective against point targets out to 800 meters, and area targets out to 1,100 meters. The Trijicon scope will enable gunners to get more hits with the first burst. Otherwise, the first burst makes it clear how close the gunner is to the target, while the second burst is usually on target. But when the first burst misses, the enemy has time to dive for cover. Thus the scope makes the M240B much more lethal.

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trenchsol    M-60 E4   7/14/2009 10:18:50 AM
I've read that latest M-60 E4 is a great improvement, especially in terms of reliability.  How does it compare to  M-240 (FN MAG)  ?

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strat-T21C       7/14/2009 11:44:13 AM

I've read that latest M-60 E4 is a great improvement, especially in terms of reliability.  How does it compare to  M-240 (FN MAG)  ?




DG



I've fired the M-60 in the past and found it wanting vs the FN. Granted it was not the improved version of M-60, it is slow and too jittery with too many parts that move (the bolt and carrier) The FN/M-240 is the AK of GPMG's, reliable and deadly accuate. I've rarley had a stoppage with it if maitained properly.
 
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esmoore5       7/14/2009 1:50:35 PM
That reminds me of Hathcock's use of a scope on the .50 cal machine gun in Vietnam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Hathcock#Marine_Corps_career Though that was used to fire single shots. > According to: http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/9741919888/m/4041982359/p/8 "The .50 was being used in Vietnam as a sniper weapon before Hathcock arrived in country on his first tour. Some had a monster starlight scope on them over at the 1st Cav in An Khe." > Are there any earlier examples of machine guns with scopes?
 
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smitty237       7/15/2009 1:46:48 AM

That reminds me of Hathcock's use of a scope on the .50 cal machine gun in Vietnam:
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Though that was used to fire single shots.

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According to:
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"The .50 was being used in Vietnam as a sniper weapon before Hathcock arrived in country on his first tour. Some had a monster starlight scope on them over at the 1st Cav in An Khe."

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Are there any earlier examples of machine guns with scopes?
The Japanese put scopes on some or their machine guns during WWII, particularly light machine guns. 

 
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MAJ Mike    MG Scopes   7/15/2009 8:53:36 AM
The heavy ground mounts for the WWII German MG-34 and MG-42 multi-purpose machine guns had a small optical sight.  These mounts were used in defenesive positions were the weapons was in a more stationary position.  I've no information as to the power of the scopes.  Perhaps another reader has additional information.
 
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