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FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled
      #329428 - 18/06/19 01:02 AM

https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/fn-mk-...hOsqyx1cmxPOkJI

FN Herstal has announced a prototype for the newest variant of the MK 48 machine gun. The Mod 2 variant is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The prototype is styled as the FN MK 48 Mod 2 6.5CM.

Debuted at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa May 18-23, the machine gun is part of FNís response to USSOCOMís qualification of the caliber last year. If civilian shooters had any reservations about the acceptance and longevity of the 6.5 Creedmoor, this should dispel them.

The FN MK 48 Mod 0, adopted as a USSOCOM program of record in 2003, was developed from FN Herstalís 7.62x51mm FN MINIMI at the militaryís request for a compact and easily-maneuverable machine gun in a heavier caliber.

The prototype FN MK 48 Mod 2 6.5CM features the latest upgrades for FNís series of light and medium machine guns, including

an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height;
improved, locking charging handle;
improved, double-notched sear;
improved handguard with 3-, 6- and 9-oíclock positions with improved bipod; and,
more robust feed tray latch, ensuring the feed tray cover locks into place during reloads.
Once development is complete, existing MK 48 Mod 1 models can be configured at the armorer level to the Mod 2 variant, or another chambering, with the addition of the upgrade kit and barrel conversion.

The improvements to the MK 48 Mod 0 were also incorporated into the M249 series and is in service with USSOCOM as the MK 46 5.56x45mm machine gun. In addition, FN also holds current USSOCOM contracts for the MK 17 7.62-caliber carbine and MK 20 SSR precision rifle.

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Re: FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled [Re: Ripp]
      #329435 - 18/06/19 04:16 AM

if FN would like to make a good selling rifle for the civilian market they have to build the original FAL rifle version in 8x33 Kurz.
probably they are to blind in Herstal to see this.

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Re: FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled [Re: lancaster]
      #329444 - 18/06/19 05:30 PM

6.5 Swede in new clothes. What's not to like?

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Re: FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled [Re: Hunter4752001]
      #329472 - 19/06/19 02:30 PM

I don't understand what a 6.5mm Creedmoor machine gun would be used for? What introduce yet another cartridge choice and logistical requirement? Need 5/56, 7.62, .50, 9mm, .40s and now 6.5mm ......

Wouldn't this MG only be sensible if all the common rifles also were upgraded to 6.5 mm?

And yes, the Swedes had it right, with the original a hundred years ago.

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Re: FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled [Re: NitroX]
      #329491 - 20/06/19 09:23 AM

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I don't understand what a 6.5mm Creedmoor machine gun would be used for? What introduce yet another cartridge choice and logistical requirement? Need 5/56, 7.62, .50, 9mm, .40s and now 6.5mm ......

Wouldn't this MG only be sensible if all the common rifles also were upgraded to 6.5 mm?

And yes, the Swedes had it right, with the original a hundred years ago.





From what I hear, read, etc.. several of the "specialists" are being switched to the 6.5CM for many of the reasons mentioned in the article you posted on 6.5CM vs .308

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Re: FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled [Re: Ripp]
      #329493 - 20/06/19 02:08 PM

The slight improvement in results seems a crazy trade off for increased logistical problems by yet another ammo type being needed.

However as I have said, the Swedes knew it all a hundred years ago.

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Re: FN MK 48 machine-gun-prototype- 6.5CM -unveiled [Re: NitroX]
      #329513 - 20/06/19 10:09 PM

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The slight improvement in results seems a crazy trade off for increased logistical problems by yet another ammo type being needed.

However as I have said, the Swedes knew it all a hundred years ago.




Who knows what they are actually doing..

I have read reports of contracts being awarded to various manufacturers in 6.5CM, 6.5PRC, 300PRC... so???? Time will tell..



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