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FN America recently announced it won an a contract from Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to supply machine gun barrels to the U.S. military. The contract value is approximately $9.9 million.

FN Machine Gun Barrels

The contract lasts up to five years and will send machine gun barrels to the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The contract is for an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery, with work slated to end by 2024. FN says it will produce all barrels in the company’s Columbia, South Carolina manufacturing facility.

Just last September, FN won a contract to Supply USSOCOM with MK 46, MK 48 Light Machine Guns. That award valued $13.4 million and included spare parts and engineering services.

Eighty-five percent of that work was announced to take place at FN America’s Columbia, S.C. facility as well. The other 15 percent will be performed in Herstal, Belgium. The expected completion date is August of 2023. Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane is the contracting activity here.

For more information, visit fnamerica.com.

Below, check out the specs on the 5.56x45mm NATO FN MK 46, and the 7.62x51mmNATO MK 48.

FN MK 46

  • CALIBER: 5.56x45mm NATO
  • OPERATION: Open-bolt
  • WEIGHT: 15.44 lb.
  • BARREL LENGTH: 16.3″
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 36.22″
  • EFFECTIVE RANGE: 800m, point target
  • MAXIMUM RANGE: 1,800m
  • RATE OF FIRE: 730 RPM
  • HEIGHT: 9.33″
  • TRIGGER PULL: 7.87 – 15.7 lb.

FN MK 48

  • CALIBER: 7.62x51mm NATO
  • OPERATION: Open-bolt
  • WEIGHT: 18.26 lbs
  • BARREL LENGTH: 19.75″
  • OVERALL LENGTH: 39.75″
  • EFFECTIVE RANGE: 800m, point target
  • MAXIMUM RANGE: 3,600m
  • RATE OF FIRE: 730 RPM
  • HEIGHT: 9.33″
  • TRIGGER PULL: 6 – 13 lb.

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