Servicemembers swap weapons for a day

Sounds like great fun!

I liked all the weapons I was armed with over the years (with the exception of the M-60- the M240 is a much better gun!), but always enjoyed the opportunity to “fam fire” other weapons.



AK-47 rifles, Squad Automatic Weapons, Steyr AUG models, M-4 carbines and even the Singaporean SAR 21s were up for test fire during a weapons familiarization range Mar. 11, at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.

Combined Team Uruzgan sent an open invitation to all nations of Multi-National Base Tarin Kot to receive instruction on and shoot different small arms weapons from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States.

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3 thoughts on “Servicemembers swap weapons for a day”

  1. I got to play with both the M-60 and the M-240, before became the M-240 (it was the FN-MAG then). The Army was considering changing and I agreed wholeheartedly after I fired and stripped the weapon. A few years back, Peter Kokalis (formerly of Soldier of Fortune Mag) wrote an article on the 60 and described everything I saw wrong with the weapon and then some (he had been a Tech Intell specialist after all). I didn’t see an awful lot of difference when I fired them, but it was clear when you had to strip the weapons for maintenance.

    Strangely, the M-60 outlasted the FN-MAG in sustained fire tests. The FN-MAG failed at abut 90,000 rounds and the 60 at about 120,000. I think the receiver was cracking on the 60, but can’t remember what killed the FN. I can’t find my “Small Arms Of The World” anymore, dating from the mid 70s, that the results of a number of endurance tests other than for GPMGs.

    Still, the 60 was a nice toy if someone else was buying the fodder for it. I fired them several times when I was in the TNARNG. Feels great when it’s free.

  2. No comparison between M240 and M60. M240s don’t have any tempermental parts like the leaf-spring on the M60 that was apt to fall off or the gas piston that fouled easily, or the belt that would cause a failure to feed merely by twisting it about 1-2 degrees. The 240B, ground weapon, is essentially non-stop action, with no malfunctions. The 240 or 240C (in combat vehicle coax) are also incredible weapons that will fire and fire until the typical crew gets a tight zero and then is scared to pull the guts to clean it. Slow down? Just pull the gas cylinder and rotate it to a bigger hole and you are on your way. Accurate? Routinely knock down e-type targets at 700 meters. (My tank gunner hit a moving truck at 1140m once, well beyond tracer burnout.) I’ll take 1 M240 for any 2 M60s, any day. But, as above, I’ll fire anything for free.

    1. Hard to argue with free. But I’ll take the 240 into combat any day over the 60. The SEALs liked to take 60s and cut the barrel back even with the gas cylinder to lighten it. They also loved the Stoner system, which I got to put a belt through one time. The Stoner was a nice idea, but it could go full auto on you with little provocation. To stop it you had to twist the belt to jam it. That they would like the piece made me wonder about them, and I had friends who were SEALs (why I got to run a belt through one) and *really* wondered about them.

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