FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)

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FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)
Weapon FN MAG 60-40 7.62mm.jpg
General characteristics
7.62 mmCalibre
200 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minRate of fire
835 - 853 m/sMuzzle velocity
10 mm Maximum penetration

Description

The FN MAG 60-40 is a Belgian 7.62 mm General Purpose Machine Gun. At present the FN MAG is only found on a couple of high rank vehicles, however a number of its derivatives (L8A1, L8A2 , L37A1, L37A2, M240) appear on vehicles in-game usually performing the same or similar to it. Being only a 7.62mm machine gun it is largely ineffective against all but the most weakly armoured, or open cabin, vehicles.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The FN MAG 60-40, like its derivatives, is a fairly standard 7.62 mm machine gun.

Available shells

Like most of its derivatives, the FN MAG 60-40 can only be equipped with one ammo belt consisting of two Armour Piercing (AP) bullets, followed by one Tracer (T) bullet. Neither bullet has much penetration (maximum of 10mm), however the AP bullet performs much better than the tracer bullet.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1,000m 1,450m 1,500m
AP 10 9 7 4 1 0
T 5 4 2 1 0.1 0
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
AP 853 0.0108 N/A N/A N/A  ??°  ??°  ??°  ??°
T 835 0.0095 N/A N/A N/A  ??°  ??°  ??°  ??°

Comparison with analogues

The FN MAG 60-40 performs identically to the L8A1 (7.62 mm) and L8A2 (7.62 mm), but has a slightly lower rate of fire (600 rpm vs 650 rpm) than the L37A1 (7.62 mm) and L37A2 (7.62 mm). It also has a lower rate of fire (600 rpm vs 750 rpm) than the M240 (7.62 mm)., but gets a slightly better ammo belt consisting of 2/3 AP bullets instead of 1/2 AP. Compared to war time machine guns like the M1919A4 (7.62 mm) and L3A1 (7.62 mm) the FN MAG 60-40 has a better rate of fire.

Usage in battles

Due to the very low penetration this weapon it is largely ineffective against enemy armour (although you may be able to penetrate some vehicles with extremely thin armour). The gun is primarily useful for incapacitating exposed crew members in open topped vehicles (although there are few such vehicles at the battle ratings this gun is found at). The gun can also be used for ranging on some vehicles, as well as marking enemy vehicles and obscuring the view of enemy players (shooting at their gun sight). You can use the gun against aircraft however it does minimal damage, and being co-axially mounted on most tanks can often not be brought / kept on target against aircraft. Clearing trees and bushes is another use.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Better rate of fire than L3A1 and other allied WW2 machine guns
  • Slightly better ammo belt than M240

Cons:

  • Lower rate of fire than L37A1, L37A2 and M240
  • Low penetration makes it ineffective against armour
  • Low damage

History

The FN MAG 60-40 is a Belgian General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) chambering the 7.62×51 mm NATO round. The weapon is made by the Fabrique Nationale Herstal company and its name is an abbreviation for Fabrique Nationale Mitrailleuse d'Appui Général or Fabrique Nationale General Support Machine Gun. Following WW2 Fabrique Nationale set about creating a new GPMG, development of the MAG began in the early 1950s, under the supervision of chief weapon designer Ernest Vervier, and was completed in 1957. The weapon took heavy inspiration from the German MG 42 (7.92 mm) and American M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle.

The FN MAG entered service with the Belgian and British (under the designation L7) armed forces in 1958. Despite facing competition from the German MG 3 and American M60 the FN MAG (or variants of it) rapidly became widely adopted by many western armies. Eventually, after the failure of the M73 machine gun, America also adopted the FN MAG under the designation M240.

The FN MAG 60-40 is a variant of the FN-MAG designed for use on armoured vehicles. It has the stock and bipod removed , among other changes.

Media

An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

External links


Tank machine guns
USA  7.62 mm: M1919A4 · M37 · M60D · M73 · M240
  12.7 mm: M2HB · M85 · M8C
Germany  7.62 mm: MG 3A1 · FN MAG 60-40
  7.92 mm: MG 13 Dreyse · MG 34 · MG 42 · vz.37
USSR  7.62 mm: DT · Maxim · SGMT · PKT · RP-46
  12.7 mm: DK · DShK · NSVT
  14.5 mm: KPVT
Britain  7.62 mm: L3A1 · L8A1 · L8A2 · L37A1 · L37A2 · L94A1
  7.7 mm: Vickers
  7.92 mm: BESA
  12.7 mm: L21A1
Japan  6.5 mm: Type 91
  7.62 mm: Type 74
  7.7 mm: Type 97
  12.7 mm: Type 60 (B)
Italy  7.62 mm Beretta MG 42/59
  8 mm: Breda Mod. 38
France  7.5 mm: MAC 31 · AAT-52
  7.62 mm: AAN-F1