Originally designed for both 5.56x45mm and 7.62x51mm ammunition, the FN MINIMI® machine gun was finally developed and manufactured in 5.56x45mm as a result of the NATO acceptance of the caliber for light weapons.
In the early 2000's, following a requirement for a 7.62x51mm lightweight machine gun from USSOCOM (United States Special Operations COMmand), the FN MINIMI® 7.62 was brought back into development and updated to meet the required specifications. FN Herstal won the competition and the FN MINIMI® 7.62 was adopted by USSOCOM under the MK 48 designation.
The FN MINIMI® 7.62 light machine gun offers the advantage of a lightweight machine gun - the FN MINIMI® 5.56 - firing the powerful 7.62x51mm cartridge.
The FN MINIMI® 7.62 is available in 4 versions:
FN MINIMI® 7.62 Standard Fixed Butt
FN MINIMI® 7.62 Standard Sliding Butt
FN MINIMI® 7.62 T.R. Fixed Butt
FN MINIMI® 7.62 T.R. Sliding Butt
The FN MINIMI® 7.62 Standard Sliding Butt incorporates most of the features found on the FN MINIMI® 7.62 Standard Fixed Butt, except a sliding buttstock, which reduces the overall length of the weapon by 150mm.
- Easy to Carry
The primary role of the FN MINIMI® 7.62 is to be used as a support weapon by troops who operate on foot over rough ground for prolonged periods, out of range of supporting fire from vehicles. The FN MINIMI® 7.62 can also be used as a pintle-mounted weapon that can be easily dismounted.
The weight of the FN MINIMI® 7.62 Standard Sliding Butt (8.4 kg) means that the weapon is easy to carry.
Easy to Shoot
Certain types of terrain or fighting in buildings may require the user to shoot from the standing position. Here again, the weight of the FN MINIMI® 7.62 is a real advantage.
Additionally, the FN MINIMI® 7.62 is equipped with a hydraulic buffer contained in the buttstock for stabilized firing rate and reduced recoil forces.
Finally, the FN MINIMI® 7.62 is handled exactly like the FN MINIMI® 5.56, which is serving over 45 countries worldwide. Consequently, whoever is familiar with the FN MINIMI® 5.56 is able to use the FN MINIMI® 7.62 with no extra training.
- Safe Sustained Fire
Belt feeding provides high volume of fire.
An open bolt firing mechanism (no risk of cook-off) and a quick change barrel guarantee safe sustained fire.
- Long Range Capability
The FN MINIMI® 7.62 fires the 7.62 cartridge for an effective range of up to 1,000m.
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