The 240B machine gun was developed as a general purpose weapon system, and is currently in use by several branches of the US Armed Forces.
Manufactured by FN Herstal, the 240B is an air-cooled, belt-fed, gas operated system that fires 7.62x51mm rounds from an open bolt. The gun is capable of firing 950 rounds-per-minute, and features a quick-change barrel system for swapping out hardware during heavy strings of fire.
The 240B machine gun replaced the venerable M60 as our general purpose machine gun. Adaptable for many different objectives, the 240B can be mounted to a bipod, tripod, aircraft or vehicle.
In this segment of Guns & Ammo TV on the Sportsman Channel, David Fortier travels to Ft. Benning, Ga., to take a closer look at the 240B general purpose machine gun.