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The Most Lethal Weapons Of Modern Warfare Part 2
The Most Lethal Guns Of Modern War Part 2
M240 Machine Gun:
The M240 Machine Gun is currently used by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, as well as by other 68 countries. It has been around for such a long time, that at least one of the countries that were using it no longer exists (Rhodesia).
The M240 is the American replica of another gun, the Belgian FN-MAG, designed in the 1950s. Better known as the MAG, this weapon combined features of various weapons from both Allied and Axis armies. This made it become one of the most popular choices of many NATO countries. The MAG has served many countries around the world such as Iraq, Afghanistan and South Africa.
The M240 features a 7.62mm caliber and a maximum effective range of 1,800m. It is good for targeting both light vehicles and individual soldiers. This gun can also provide suppressive fire.
Although many people believe the presence of the war belongs to nuclear weapons, the truth is that modern wars still rely heavily on infantry. This means they still need reliable guns.
The original M16 was replaced by the M1A1 in 1967 and by the M1A2 in 1986. The next two models, M16A3 and M16A4, were built for Navy SEALs and for the U.S. Marine Corps. The current infantry weapon which is the standard in the U.S. Army is the M4A1 carbine, which is identical to the previous model, the only exception being its shorter barrel, its fully automatic shooting mode, and its collapsible stock.
The M16 is a reliable gun. This weapon is modular and versatile, being therefore suitable for various purposes such as infantry rifle, designated marksman rifle, and squad automatic weapon. There's also a civilian version of this gun, the AR-15, which has become extremely popular over the past few years since the Federal assault-weapons ban came to an end. The author of this article is the happy owner of two such guns. If you intend to buy firearms online, you should definitely consider taking a closer look at the features of the AR-15.
M 240 Machine Gun:
The M240 machine gun is the weapon of choice of the U'S. Army and of the U.S. Marine Corps. It has served almost 70 countries across the entire world, many armies choosing it over their other options.
The M240 draws its origins from the FN-MAG, a weapon designed in the 1950s by a Belgian weapons manufacturer, Fabrique Nationale (FN). Thanks to its advanced features and to its reliability, the MAG quickly became the choice of many NATO countries. It served in many wars, including the ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The M240 is perfect for engaging point targets, including individuals and light vehicles. Its bullet has a 7.62mm caliber, and it can reach an effective range of 1,800 meters.
The M240 weighs less than 30 pounds. If you add its accessories and spare parts, it reaches a little less than 50 pounds. The M240 is able to fire 100 rounds per minute without overheating. If needed, it can fire up to 650 rounds per minute, but it will surely overheat in the process.
The M240 can be found on all armored vehicles in the U.S. Army, each of the infantry platoons having two of them. The U.S. Marine Corps issues these guns at a rate of six per infantry company. Their deployment is flexible, so company commanders can distribute them as they see fit.
PK Machine Gun:
PK is the acronym for Pulemyot Kalashnikova, which means Kalashnikov’s machine gun. It is a light machine gun heavily used by the Soviet Union. Just like the AK-47, the PK has quickly become tremendously popular in many countries, so you can find the two gun models in pretty much the same corners of the world.
Mikhail Kalashnikov was the one who invented the PK. Although similar to the M240, the PK belongs to another class of weapons, together with NATO's M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon and the M-27 Infantry Automatic Rifle used by the U.S. Marine Corps.
The PK is one of the very few Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW) that enable their users to fire in full auto mode. Other lightweight rifle models that include this feature are mostly inaccurate and huge ammunition hogs. Trained soldiers may not use full-auto fire that much, but the average infantryman would.
A single weapon like the PK can function very well as designated squad automatic weapon. It features a heavier barrel, able to absorb heat and recoil when it comes to sustained fire. When mounted on a tripod, this weapon offers excellent results up to 800 meters.
The PK and the AK-47 use similar sights. The PK features a heavier hitting round that the other gun models in its class. This is also something to keep in mind when you want to buy firearms online.
The PK can target pretty well low-flying helicopters and on drones. This isn't too bad, but in some situations, it may not be enough to provide proper anti-aircraft defense.
QBZ-95 Assault Rifle:
The QBZ-95 is the standard assault rifle used by the Chinese army. It replaces the Chinese AK-47, and it is issued to the People's Armed Police and to the People's Liberation Army.
The QBZ-95 has the magazine placed behind the trigger. This bullup design contributes to making the rifle shorter. The result is a weapon that has a longer barrel than the M4 carbine but is shorter on overall length. It also has a built-in carrying handle. However, this isn't the ideal choice, as it may create problems when attaching various optics.
The QBZ-95 has been the starting point for the development of an entire line of infantry guns. The carbine version is a bit shorter, and it is suitable for vehicle crews and special forces. The heavier barrel version is excellent for boosting squad firepower. However, the heavier barrel one can't take belt-fed ammunition. This creates serious problems when it comes to providing high-volume firepower.