The U.S. Army Soldier Weapons Center at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., has ordered three prototypes of a first-of-its-kind lightweight .50-cal. machine gun made by General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (ATP). The gun fires with less recoil force and can be carried more easily in rough terrain than the Army’s current .50-caliber weapon, service officials said.
The gun weighs in at 38-pounds, which is less than half as much as the 82-pound M2 that is currently used overseas.
“The gun uses what is called impulse averaging, so it doesn’t come to a hard stop. With an M2 today, you would have to take your eye away from the sight because it would shake,” said program manager for soldier weapons U.S. Army Col. Carl Lipsit. For more details on the gun and its T&E, click here and return back to comment.