Fact file: Browning M4 MMG

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The M4 is Browning M1919A4 0.30 inch calibre medium machine gun modified by Lyttleton Engineering Works, now Denel Land Systems, to fire the 7.62x51mm round. The MG4 has been in use with the South African military for many years, and is generally fitted to armoured and infantry vehicles as a secondary or tertiary armament.

Type:

Medium Machine Gun.

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Manufacturer:

Browning.

Calibre:

7.62x51mm NATO.

Mass:

15kg (complete weapon), 3.2kg (barrel).

Magazine capacity:

Unlimited (belt fed); uses disintegrating link ammunition.

Length:

0.940m (co-axial variant), 1.015m (pintle-mount version).

Barrel length:

0.595m.

Muzzle velocity:

840m/s.

Rate of fire:

800rpm.

Effective range:

1200m.

Comment:

The M1919 is an air-cooled development of the M1917 designed by John Browning and has been widely used since 1919, when it first entered service. It has been issued to infantry, with both a bipod and a tripod; and mounted on a wide range of vehicles, aircraft and rotorcraft. It is very similar in design to the larger 12.7x99mm M2 heavy machine gun, also designed by Browning.