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Armed Forces - a5a14.4 - British Army - The Infantry - 12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)

THE INFANTRY

12.7MM HEAVY MACHINE GUN (HMG)

The L1A1 12.7 mm Heavy Machine gun (HMG)

The 12.7 mm Heavy Machine gun (HMG) is an updated version of the Browning M2 'Fifty-cal' generally recognised as one of the best heavy machine guns ever developed.


Currently, the HMG provides integral close-range support from a ground mount tripod or fitted to a Land Rover TUM using a Weapon Mount Installation Kit (WMIK) and a variety of sighting systems.

The performance of the HMG has recently been enhanced with a new 'soft mount' (to limit recoil and improve accuracy) and a quick change barrel. During early 2001 the 1,500th HMG was delivered, and in time this number will rise to 2,500.

12.7mm Heavy Machine Gun Specifications

Effective Range

up to 2000m

Calibre

12.7mm

Muzzle Velocity

915m/s

Length

1,656mm

Barrel Length 1,143mm

Weight

38.15kg (gun only)

Cyclic Rate of Fire

485 - 635rpm