The M240 Machine Gun, 7.62 mm, M240, is the US military designation for the FN MAG (French: Mitrailleuse d'Appui Général, English: general-purpose machine gun), a family of belt-fed, gas-operated medium machine guns that chamber the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge.
The M240 is a belt-fed, gas-operated, air-cooled, crew-served, fixed headspace general-purpose machine gun. Its versatility is demonstrated by its ability to be fired effectively from its integral bipod, mounted on a tripod, on ground vehicles, watercraft and aircraft.
The M240C (Coaxially mounted) machine gun is mounted in M2/M3 Bradleys adjacent the M-242 25 MM Busmaster Chain Gun on the Bradley Commander side of the turret. The M240C is controlled by the Gunner and BC handstations using the same reticle. The M3A3 Bradleys have significant upgrades including advanced thermal imaging, laser range finder and independent BC thermal sight for tracking and identifying targets.
General-purpose machine gun
Place of origin
Belgium (designed) United States (manufactured)
Georgia, Kenya, Lebanon, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Iraq and Philippines
Gulf War Iraq War War in Afghanistan Syrian Civil War Iraqi Civil War (2014–present)
FN America, U.S. Ordnance, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing
M240, M240E1, M240C, M240D, M240G, M240B, M240L, M240H, Barrett 240LW and 240 LWS
27.6 lb (12.5 kg) (M240B) 25.6 lb (11.6 kg) (M240G) 22.3 lb (10.1 kg) (M240L)
49.7 in (1,260 mm)
24.8 in (630 mm)
4.7 in (120 mm)
10.4 in (260 mm)