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M60
M60
Production information
Manufacturer

Saco Defense

Type

General-purpose machine gun

Technical specifications
Size

Length

  • 110.5 cm
Feed system
  • Belt-fed
Ammunition
  • 7.62×51mm NATO
Operation

Gas-operated, short stroke gas piston, open bolt

Rate of fire

500–650 rounds/min

Range

1,100 m

Usage
Era(s)

Mid 20th-21st century

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The M60 is a family of American-made general-purpose machine guns chambered in 7.62×51mm NATO, most famously used by US troops during the Vietnam War.

OverviewEdit

The M60 was developed from German designs employed during World War II, most notably the FG 42 and the MG 42. The weapon is typically operated by a team of two or three individuals, owing to the weight of the weapon itself and the amount of ammunition it consumes when fired. While usually operated in a mounted role or fired from the integral folding bipod, it can be fired accurately from the shoulder at short ranges. In Vietnam, the weapon was known as "The Pig" due to its weight and size, factors that often led to the duty of carrying the weapon being shared between all the members of a rifle squad.

The M60 was partially replaced in the 1980s by the smaller, lighter M249 SAW, although the M60 was still retained in certain roles due to its greater power and range compared to the 5.56mm M249. Today, the M60 has essentially been superseded by the M240, although it continues to see use with some branches of the United States military, including the Navy SEALs, the Coast Guard and some reserve units. However, it has largely been superseded by the M240.

AppearancesEdit

M60E3

An M60E3 with shortened barrel, the weapon used by Mac in Predator.

In Predator, Mac carries an M60E3 with a shortened barrel as his main weapon, using it to wound the Jungle Hunter during the "jungle destruction" scene of the film.

In Predator 2, some of the Colombians with El Scorpio are seen arming themselves with full-size M60s just before the City Hunter breaks in and slaughters them. Later, a member of the OWLF taskforce is seen carrying an M60 with the folding bipod removed.

TriviaEdit

  • The shortened M60 used by Mac in Predator, along with the Valmet M78/83 machine guns used by the Val Verde rebels, are quite possibly the exact same guns used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his earlier film Commando, as firearms for both movies were supplied by Stembridge Gun Rentals.
  • When Predator was released in 1987, the M60E3 was a relatively new weapon and had only started being fielded around 1986. In fact, Predator was the third film to feature the weapon, behind Rambo: First Blood Part II (whose screenplay was written by James Cameron) and the aforementioned Commando. Furthermore, in addition to Commando and Predator, Stembridge also supplied weapons used in Rambo: First Blood Part II, and the M60E3 used by Rambo is identical to the one used by Mac and Matrix, featuring (in a continuity error) the same shortened barrel, making it possible that all three are the exact same gun.

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