The FN Minimi Light Machine Gun

M249, L108A1, L110A2, and other variants

The FN Minimi Light Machine Gun cover

The FN Minimi Light Machine Gun

M249, L108A1, L110A2, and other variants

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Description

In 1974, renowned Belgian arms company Fabrique Nationale brought out a ground-breaking new light machine gun, the Minimi. Its success has been meteoric, arming more than 45 countries around the world.
The Minimi offers the ultimate in portable firepower. Firing the high-velocity 5.56×45mm round, the Minimi is a gas-operated, lightweight, belt- or magazine-fed weapon, able to burn through cartridges at a cyclical rate of up to 1,150 rounds per minute, making it the weapon of choice for fire support at squad level.
This study uses gripping first-hand accounts and striking combat photographs, following the Minimi to war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. It tracks its design and development, as well as investigating what has made it so compelling a choice for armed forces around the world for more than 40 years.

Table of Contents

Introduction /Development /Use /Impact /Conclusion /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 23 Feb 2017
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472816214
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 53
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

Author

Chris McNab

Dr Chris McNab specializes in military history and…

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Johnny Shumate

Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator li…

Illustrator

Alan Gilliland

Alan Gilliland, a contributor to more than 70 Ospr…

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