7.62 Minimi LMG

#1
While looking around the FN Herstal website (yeah im sad :oops: ) i happened acrooss this web page.

Minimi in 7.62

Now i have read how much the ARRSE members who have been in Afghanistan love the GPMG and the fact it fires 7.62. (target will fall when hit being the mantra banded around these pages :p ) Would a minimi in 7.62 be of use to the guys out in the field?
 
#3
Might save on training time.

However that would be admitting that the GPMG is not the single most supreme weapon of war ever and reducing the British Inafntry to ruin.
 
#5
As it has a shorter barrel, it would not be as good at distance as a gimpy or as acurate.

Stilts
 
#6
Can the 7.62 minimi be fitted out for the SF role?
 
#7
Just mentions a pintle mount.
 
#8
box-of-frogs said:
Can the 7.62 minimi be fitted out for the SF role?
Can't see a problem. We managed to mount the normal MINIMI's onto the GPMG vehicle mounts without hiccup.
 
#9
Why not stick with the GPMG? The reason why it's that long and heavy is because it needs to be to provide accurate fire out to 800m. A 7.62 Minimi would bounce everywhere and be useless at longer range.

A combination of the two is ideal. If it ain't broke...
 
#11
The 7.62 Minimi weighs 18 lb unloaded, the GPMG 24 lb in the same condition. Personally, I'd rather carry the extra 6 lbs, and have the extra range and SF capability.

But what do I know.
 
#12
Themanwho said:
The 7.62 Minimi weighs 18 lb unloaded, the GPMG 24 lb in the same condition. Personally, I'd rather carry the extra 6 lbs, and have the extra range and SF capability.

But what do I know.
AN awful lot more than i do! :D
 
#14
Surely it is ok as it is.

The MINImi for a bit of Section level smashing up capability at Section ranges with section ammo.

The best General the Army has for long range smashing up of the OpFor.
 
#15
Has anyone actually shot the 7.62mm Minimi?

They claim “Additionally, the MINIMI™ 7.62 is equipped with a hydraulic buffer contained in the butt, which ensures stabilized fire rate and reduced recoil forces.”

If it actually works the weight saving would be worth having. However, there is no point in a 7.62mm weapon that is not controllable enough to make use of the range of the cartridge.
 
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#16
Got admit the gimpy is one sexy MG but the minimi m249 is pretty good saying it can fire m16/sa80/lsw/m4 mags aswell as a 5.56 100rnd chain.
 
#17
Mobat said:
Has anyone actually shot the 7.62mm Minimi?

They claim “Additionally, the MINIMI™ 7.62 is equipped with a hydraulic buffer contained in the butt, which ensures stabilized fire rate and reduced recoil forces.”

If it actually works the weight saving would be worth having. However, there is no point in a 7.62mm weapon that is not controllable enough to make use of the range of the cartridge.
90% of gat's (SLR/LMG/GPMG/'SA80'<NOT L98> ect) contain baffles in the butt housing to absorb recoil usually made up of a series of 'washer's',spring & guide.
It's nowt new.
Spike
 
#18
spike7451 said:
Mobat said:
Has anyone actually shot the 7.62mm Minimi?

They claim “Additionally, the MINIMI™ 7.62 is equipped with a hydraulic buffer contained in the butt, which ensures stabilized fire rate and reduced recoil forces.”

If it actually works the weight saving would be worth having. However, there is no point in a 7.62mm weapon that is not controllable enough to make use of the range of the cartridge.
90% of gat's (SLR/LMG/GPMG/'SA80'<NOT L98> ect) contain baffles in the butt housing to absorb recoil usually made up of a series of 'washer's',spring & guide.
It's nowt new.
Spike
Sure, virtually all automatic weapons contain some sort of buffer, but the devil is in the detail.

Detailed improvements could make the lighter gun as controllable as the GPMG, and if they have managed this then the 7.62mm Minimi would be a good idea, at least in the light role.

However, I don't know if they have managed this, hence my question.
 
#19
Surely a 7.62 minimi, is just a GPMG witha short barrel, as the two are vertualy the same internaly.

I heard the septics have variations of barrels for their GPMG's for different tasks, one of which is a short barrel for FIBUA style room clearence, so is a 7.62 minimi not a total waste of time?
 
#20
Lincs10 said:
Surely a 7.62 minimi, is just a GPMG witha short barrel, as the two are vertualy the same internaly.

I heard the septics have variations of barrels for their GPMG's for different tasks, one of which is a short barrel for FIBUA style room clearence, so is a 7.62 minimi not a total waste of time?

Not really. 130mm of barrel doesn't weigh 3.5kg.
 

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