they make it, it will
The ultimate indicator of the commercial viability-and
generally, battlefield success-of a military small arm, assault
rifle, machine gun or sidearm, is distribution.
If that postulate is indeed true, the Belgian FN MAG
Machine Gun is certainly one of this century's most successful
military small arms. The bottom line says it all.
Dozens of countries use the FN MAG in their inventory,
many as standard issue.
In the early 1950s, Belgian arms designer Ernest Vervier
and Fabrique Nationale (FN) came up with this general purpose machine
gun. The FN MAG is chambered in 7.62mm. It is an air-cooled,
gas-operated weapon that weighs about 24 pounds.
Well, not exactly. With the butt and bipod, it weighs
Sans the butt and bipod, the MAG tips the scales at 22
MAG is the French abbreviation for Mitrailleuse
d' Appui General-general
purpose machine gun. This little baby comes in three configurations:
Model 60-20, standard infantry; Model 60-40, armored fighting
vehicle; and Model 60-30, aircraft.
The FN MAG is your basic Browning automatic rifle (BAR)
with a few modifications and a belt feed, not a box magazine like the
ever popular American BAR.
has seen service in a half dozen wars-to include the Falklands,
the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan-and it shows every
indication of being around for some time.
The FN MAG is an example of first-class engineering. It
has a quick change barrel feature and was designed (like the M60) to
be used on a bipod (light machine gun) or on a tripod (heavy machine
gun), and it boasts an impressive variable
rate of fire.
Adjust the gas system from low (700 rpm) to high, and
you're cooking 1000 rounds per. Wow! This weapon has one
'speed'-full auto and fires from an open bolt.
Muzzle velocity is 2,800-fps, and range is good to 1500
meters, about a mile.
Dropping a thousand rounds on an Afghan hillside 1500
meters away is sweet.
If you're not active military and haven't
already been issued one, it's not likely you'll add a MAG
to your collection, 'less you have deep pockets and a federal
But it's always fun to dream.