light machine gun


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light machine gun

[′līt mə′shēn ‚gən]
(ordnance)
Any aircraft machine gun of .30 caliber or smaller.
In U.S. Army usage, any lightweight machine gun, including the .30-caliber air-cooled machine gun and excluding fully automatic rifles, submachine guns, and machine pistols.
In specific nonofficial context, any fully automatic rifle or any machine gun having total weight, with mount, between 20-30 pounds (9-14 kilograms) approximately; for example, the Browning automatic rifle and the Lewis machine gun.
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The prototype T52 and T161 combined features of the M1941 Johnson light machine gun and the German MG42.
Five Japanese Type 99 Nambu Light Machine Guns (LMGs)--one of the few excellent small arms designs to come out of World War ll-era Japan, though most often it has been converted to fire the 7.62x39mm ComBloc cartridge in the Asian countries where it is still fielded.
Both Type 96s and Type 99s have bayonet studs--a waste of steel and brain cells because anyone doing bayonet fencing with a 20-pound light machine gun is almost certain to lose the fight.
Herstal Group manufactures the widely-used "Hi Power 9mm semi-automatic pistol, the FN Fal 7.62mm assault rifle and the "Minimi" light machine gun in 5.56mm and 7.62mm calibres.
British service one Para Minimi, designated the L110A1, is issued to every four-man infantry fire team to provide suppressive fire at ranges of 600 metres, while one BAE Systems Royal Ordnance L86A2 LSW, which proved unsatisfactory as a light machine gun, is retained in each fire team for use by a designated marksman to engage targets at 800 metres.
While little known to all but serious students of military firearms, the Hotchkiss Portative/Benet-Mercie machine rifles helped to popularize the concept of the light machine gun, a weapon that has been a major player on the world's battlefields ever since.
The British and the Belgians, on the other hand, were equipped with the world's first widely fielded light machine gun, the Lewis, which without its bipod weighed only 26 pounds.
They are only compatible with the program's light machine gun, which has a new cartridge feed mechanism.
But he ignored the pain and fought on using up 4,500 rounds of heavy ammunition, 2,000 more from his light machine gun, two Javelin missiles and 600 rifle bullets.
Dale, who served with 1st Battalion The Highlanders, was trying to clear a blockage in his Minimi light machine gun when it went off and killed him.
The gun was the Johnson M1941 Light Machine Gun, used successfully during World War II by U.S.
Manning's light machine gun was found by the TNI following the detention of three suspected militiamen near Laktutus, also on the border, on Oct.