Infantry weapons / Heavy machine guns / 50MG

50MG

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Heavy machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Singapore

  • NICKNAMES
    Senapan Mesin Berat-Quick Change Barrel / SMB-QCB (Indonesian designation)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Chartered Industries of Singapore

  • PRODUCTION
    1988 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Indonesia - Pindad
    Singapore - ST Kinetics

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited weight
    Double feed
    Quick change barrel
    Complex feed system

Introduction

The 50MG is a modern heavy machine gun of Singapore origin. It was designed as a lighter and more modern alternative for the M2HB. Lessons of the Ultimax light machine gun and US Dover Devil program are incorporated into the design of the 50MG.

Design

The 50MG is a gas operated weapon with two gas pistons alongside the barrel and uses the constant recoil principle. It is belt fed though a dual feed system. The 50MG features a quick change barrel and is fitted with spade grips.

Firepower

The 50MG fires the 12.7x99mm round at a cyclic rate of fire of 400 to 600 rounds per minute. It is unusual in as it is a dual feed weapon that allows fast switching to another type of ammunition. Depending on the mount the maximum effective range is 1 to 2 km.

Users

The 50MG is mainly used by Singapore but has been exported to a few nations. Given the age of M2HB and DShK in many inventories the 50MG may see more export sales in the future.

Variants

50MG

50MG: The 50MG is a heavy machine gun that fires the 12.7x99mm round. It is unusual in as it is a dual feed weapon that allows fast switching to another type of ammunition. This feature is normally found only on autocannon. The 50MG fires from the open bolt position and has a relatively low rate of fire.

  • Specifications:
  • 50MG
TypeHeavy machine gun
Caliber12.7x99mm NATO
MagazineBelt fed, dual feed
OperationConstant recoil, dual gas piston
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire400 - 600 rpm
Barrel length1.141 mm
Rifling8 grooves, 381 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length1.670 mm
Width190 mm
Height?
Weight30 kg without tripod
SightsIron sights, 1.000 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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