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FN MAG Coaxial


MAG 60.40 | M240C | L8A1


Overview


MAG Coaxial

A M240C coaxial machine gun of US origin.
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Origin
Belgium
Type
Vehicle machine gun
Entered service
Early 1960’s
Status
In service
Development
Late 1950’s
Developer
Belgium - Fabrique Nationale
Production
Early 1960’s - present
Producer
Belgium - Fabrique Nationale
United States - Fabrique Nationale
Number produced
Produced in large quantities
Designations
MAG 60.40
MAG Coaxe
M240, M240C (US models)
L8A1, L8A2 (UK models)
Notable users
United States
United Kingdom

Description


The MAG Coaxial is an early Cold War era vehicle machine gun of Belgian origin. The MAG Coaxial is a further development of the FN MAG general purpose machine gun for infantry use.

The coaxial models lack buttstock, carrying handle and bipod. They can be either trigger or solenoid fired. Some nations issue egress kits that allow a coaxial model to be converted for infantry use.

Since the early 1960's a wide range of Western vehicles has been fitted with the MAG Coaxial. These range from small armored cars to main battle tanks. The MAG Coaxial remains in widespread service today.

MAG 60.40
Original Belgian coaxial model of the FN MAG. Also known as MAG Coaxial or Coaxe. Various sub models have been developed over the years. These may differ in the type of belt they use, the feed direction on vehicle specific mounting brackets.
M240 & M240C
American production model of the MAG 60.40. The US production models are known as the M240 and M240C, with left and right hand feed respectively.
L8A1 & L8A2
British service models, acquired from Belgium and produced locally. In the UK the coaxial models are known as the L8A1 and L8A2 with improved feed mechanism. The L37A1 and L37A2 are variants of the L8A1 and L8A2 for flexible use. They feature a normal trigger assembly and there is a kit for dismounted use.

Details


Facts M240C
General
Origin
United States
Type
Vehicle machine gun
Caliber
Caliber
7.62x51mm NATO
Feed system
Belt fed
Barrel length
627 mm
Rifling
4 grooves, 305 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
840 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated, long stroke gas piston
Trigger
Solenoid fired
Fire selector
0 - F
Rate of fire
650 - 850 rpm
Dimensions
Stock type
None
Length
1.046 m
Weight
10.35 kg
Sights
Mechanical
Optional

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The PKT can be considered the Soviet counterpart of the MAG Coaxial. The PKT is a belt-fed machine gun firing the 7.62x54mm Russian round. These machine guns are used in main battle tanks and various light armored vehicles.