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The US military could replace the M240 and legendary ‘Ma Deuce’ a lot sooner than you think | Military Times
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The US military could replace the M240 and legendary ‘Ma Deuce’ a lot sooner than you think | Military Times

Weapons designers with U.S. Special Operations Command and Marine Corps could soon produce a new machine gun that would replace both the 7.62mm M240 in the infantry and the .50 caliber M2 Browning “Ma Deuce” in some units.

The new machine gun would use a powerful, long-range cartridge that’s being integrated into some special operators’ sniper rifles and packs much of the same lethality at similar ranges to the .50 cal — but in a dramatically lighter package.

Officials with U.S. Special Operations Command’s weapons development office say the machine gun could hit the force within three years.

Dubbed the Lightweight Medium Machine Gun, SOCOM and the Marine Corps posted a notice to industry for sources for up to 5,000 of the weapons chambered in .338 Norma Magnum last year.

Source: The US military could replace the M240 and legendary ‘Ma Deuce’ a lot sooner than you think | Military Times

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