7.62mm Minimi LMG for UK

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by winnfield, Jun 12, 2011.

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  1. (hat tip : Think Defence)
    Its official, UK MoD buying 7.62mm Minimi LMG - but only 176 + 250 options. Deliveries to start from 2012.

    Overall weapon length with extended butt 1,000m (39.37")
    Overall weapon length with retracted butt 865mm (34.04")

    Weapon weight - 8.4 kg (18.51 lb)
    Barrel length - 502mm (19.76")
    Cyclic rate of fire - 680 to 800 RPM
    Maximum effective range - 1,000m

    FN Herstal press release
    gmpg, caliber flame war on!
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  2. Be interesting to see an Infanteer's take on the upsizing of the calibre.
  3. According to wiki the Minimi was originally designed as 7.62, then scaled down.
    FN Minimi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  4. An order of such small amount means it's prob going to something like sfsg/sf/etc which is a real shame, nearly everyone I know has been saying the weapon should be 7.62mm for yonks, the extra punch and the simplicity of ammo resup/carriage by the sections make it a no-brainer. Would be interesting to see if the army start slowly upscaling the quantities of sharpshooter as well (unlikely tbf) as that is first choice over sa80 by all at work. The post-tour procurement discussion has started at work and the 5.56mm/7.62mm is one of the big topics to be spoken about, interestingly brought up by the ones asking the questions not the blokes.
  5. Majormi is just not quite a General.
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  6. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    the septics have had them for a while as the m248 if memory is correct and it seems to work. wether it has the same lifespan only time will tell.

    Now the minimi can fire standard mags but I bet they didnt do the job properly and make it so you can use slr mags in it.
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  7. Flaw in that plan though, no one else in the section uses SLR to supply mags...... 7.62 LMG mag anyone?
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  8. The minimi fires 5.56 mags like old people ****, tis for absolute emergencies only, ie when you've run out of rocks to throw at the enemy.
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  9. Pararegtom

    Pararegtom LE Book Reviewer

    7.62mm Only way forward, A real Soldiers Calibre
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  10. its mk48


  11. And they don't use it as a chance to mag to grid that gopping stock. Shame.
  12. We have tried, trust me. We in the PT need the users to get on to the powers that be to change it, they hold the purse strings (very tightly at the moment).
  13. it's bigger.
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  14. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    ah but there has to a mention of the slr in at least one in 4 threads or the oldies get antsy.

    the yanks issue both variants with the fixed old skool stock so why dont we?
  15. A Gimpy for girlymen.

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