Infantry: February 15, 2001

Archives

The US Army is receiving the first of its new Mk46 Special Purpose Weapons. Developed from the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, the Mk46 has several distinctive features. Both are 5.56mm belt-fed weapons. The Mk 46 barrel is fluted (has grooves cut in the length of it) to withstand heat better. The gas system is a monobloc design without small parts that could be lost. The weapon is 908mm long. The bolt is finished with electroless nickel, allowing it to fire 1,000 rounds without any lubrication. There are four Picatinny Rails on the weapon, one on top, one on each side, and one under the barrel. These can be used by the gunner to customize the weapon with sights, handgrips, laser aiming devices, and flashlight systems. The Army plans to buy 2,506 of these M46 weapons, mostly for use by special forces units.--Stephen V Cole

 


Article Archive

Infantry: Current 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 


X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close