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Posted: 11/11/2002 6:03:29 PM EDT
I was at the Celebrate Freedom Festival in Columbia, SC on Sunday and FN Manufacturing had a booth. Besides a couple of M240 MG variants, the neatest gun they had on display was a USN Mk46 Mod 0 squad automatic weapon. This is the neatest version of the M249 SAW I have seen yet. It is a short barreled version of the M249 with an almost full length picatinny rail along the top of the weapon. It uses a fixed buttstock. According to the FN rep, it has been bought by the Navy for use by "special units". I would assume SEALs. Has anybody seen this MG in service yet?
Link Posted: 11/11/2002 7:24:46 PM EDT
I've used it extensively in many different environments, and I've found it to be versatile and reliable, capable of laying down suppressing fire for extended periods, light enough to use in the assault, a truly great weapon.

Of course all this was while I was playing "Ghost Recon..."
Link Posted: 11/12/2002 2:14:27 PM EDT
If I remember correctly, it was in Small Arms Review Magazine several months back. Heavy, non-detachable barrel, NO option for magazine feed, and a special coating where the weapon could be fired for 600 rounds with no lubricant and still not fail to function. 600 rounds was used due to most SEALs not carrying more than 600 rounds for the SAW. This is all according to the magazine. Looked like a nice weapon.

jd1
Link Posted: 11/12/2002 4:04:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jd1:
If I remember correctly, it was in Small Arms Review Magazine several months back. Heavy, non-detachable barrel, NO option for magazine feed, and a special coating where the weapon could be fired for 600 rounds with no lubricant and still not fail to function. 600 rounds was used due to most SEALs not carrying more than 600 rounds for the SAW. This is all according to the magazine. Looked like a nice weapon.

jd1



Not more than 600...well they have tabbed on with 1000+ 7.62x51 rounds for various M60 models so......
Link Posted: 11/12/2002 6:29:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jd1:
...Heavy, non-detachable barrel...



FN had a pic on their website, and they showed it with a light-weight, fluted barrel.
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