M240L SP HLW Edit
The M240L (or M240B Weight Reduction Program, formerly the M240E6), reduces the weight of the existing M240B by 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg). To acheave 18% weight savings the M240L incorporates titanium construction and alternative manufacturing methods for fabricating major components. The resulting improvements reduced the soldier's combat load while allowing easier handling and movement of the weapon. The M240L may replace the M240B in U.S. Army service. It was type classified in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010.
Titanium was used to make the receiver body, front sight post, and carrying handle while maintaining steel operating system components. The manufacturing process had to be adjusted because titanium takes longer to machine than steel and requires more frequent replacement of tooling bits; more pliable stainless steel rivets were used and the receiver was coated with boron and chrome carbo-nitride coatings with a ceramic-based top coat to preserve it under extreme operating temperatures. The M240L weighs 22.3 lb (10.1 kg) with a standard-length barrel and standard stock, and weighs 21.8 lb (9.9 kg) with a shorter barrel and collapsible stock. The short barrel is 4 in (100 mm) shorter than a standard M240 barrel, and with the collapsible stock the M240L can be made 7 in (180 mm) shorter. The Army initially bought 4,500 M240Ls, and plans to buy 12,000 total.
M240L 7.62mm Medium Machine Gun (Light) Specifications:
- Operation: Gas-operated (full-auto)
- Length: 48.5 inches (44.5 inches with short barrel)
- Weight: 22.3 pounds (22.3 lbs)
- Caliber: 7.62mm NATO (7.62x51mm NATO)
- Maximum effective range: 1,100 meters with tripod and T&E
- Maximum range: 3,725 meters
- Tracer burnout: 900 meters
- Cyclic rate of fire (hydraulic buffer): 550–650 rounds per minute
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