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Old 11-08-2019, 10:37 AM
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Default Distinction between LMG MMG/GPMG and HMG



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Hey guys. I've read a lot about the machine gun terminology last days. Also watched the video from forgotten weapons. But it's since then as unclear for me as it was before. So how I interpretend it. A LMG or GPMG (which is basically a MMG) or HMG is not classified by its caliber but by its role/usage or how its mounted. Is that right? So weapons like the m249 is an LMG. It was build for beeing deployed at squad level and support them. a M60, M240, PKM are GPMG but can be considered as LMGs too when using their bipod or beeing fired from shoulder. Russia special forces using the Pkp as their LMG. But it's classified as an GPMG. That's what really confuses me. So could a m249 become also a gpmg or mmg when mounted on a tripod. I know that caliber differentation makes sense... Since all "GPMGs" are full rifle caliber.... Because they offer more range.

But older LMGs also fired full power caliber. So LMGs today could also be full power caliber aso they were in the past? The Negev NG7 for example also uses 7.62 nato and is classified by IWI as an LMG.

So this LMG or MMG/GPMG classification thing has nothing to to like for example the difference between an assault rifle and battle rifle? Assault rifle = intermediate cartridge
Battle rifle = full power cartridge?
And a LMG MMG/GPMG is not beeing classified by its caliber but by its usage and mounting like I said before? So a M60 E6 or M240L could be considered as an LMG too?

Sorry... Text may sound a little confusing... But I hope you get my point.
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