Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Alaskan

    but but but..acoording to ANY video game and the internet..you cannot suppress a LMG..and to put a suppressor on one is heresy?

    /end sarcasm.

    Good vid. Glad there is a company that makes SS rounds that a LMG can use.

  • charles222

    The Mk 46 aggravates me in the sense that it’s like 5 pounds lighter than a regular SAW and has 25% more available rail space. Also, you don’t need a foregrip to fire from standing comfortably. :p

  • Lance

    A suppressed LMG looks a little redundant to me.

  • Brandon

    Sounds pretty quiet, I wonder what the decibel level is

  • zincorium

    Doesn’t the suppressor make it less useful for suppressive fire? Because last I checked, that’s what belt fed machineguns were good at.

  • Sian

    @charles222 “Also, you don’t need a foregrip to fire from standing comfortably. :p”

    Say that after 600 rounds rapid. You want your support hand as far away from the barrel as possible!

  • charles222

    A suppressed weapon of any kind is never redundant because it facilitates ease of communication and therefore maneuver. Ever crack off a few mags worth of 5.56 inside a building? You’ll be screaming at each other from a few feet away after that; forget about hearing stuff further away unless it’s over a radio.

  • Schadavi

    From the perspective of someone who never served in the military: The purpose of a machine gun ist to keep enemy heads down, while your guys sneak around and shoot them in the back, right?
    So who needs a supressed lmg?
    #Next time they come up with a non-lethal sniper rifle, for stunning enemy high value targets in an ethical way…

  • Gabe

    I’m pretty sure the Russians have a suppressed LMG either in the works or enjoying limited use that is silent past two hundred meters. (Don’t hold me to that, I’m not really sure about the distance)
    The place where I read it said it was so troops being suppressed wouldn’t know where the fire was coming from
    (Its a suppressor flash hider combo)

  • charles222

    Impressive how little muzzle rise there is. Usually there’s a crapton on a SAW from standing.

  • charles222

    Schadavi: That’s one purpose. However, the M249 is not used the way a traditional machine gun is used (ie, with a crew and from a typically fixed position.) It’s closer to being a fourth rifle; the official Army term for a guy with a SAW is ‘automatic rifleman’, which should tell you a hell of a lot about how the SAW is employed-it’s intended to be basically used as an individual not crew, weapon that moves with the rifle team and squad. A typical automatic rifleman doesn’t carry nearly enough ammunition to engage in long-term suppressive fire, either-I was a SAW gunner for 2 years (on and off) and the most I ever carried in a combat zone was about 600 rounds. That is not alot, especially when you compare it to the amount of ammunition an MMG crew with an M240 brings along-typically between 900 and 1200 rounds for one M240. In one simulated firefight at the Joint Readiness Training Center (which is about as real as it gets without people actually dying) i went through about 350 rounds in approximately 5-10 minutes.

    You can find out more about weapons employment in the article I published here a few weeks ago, “Combined Arms In The Infantry Platoon And Company.”

  • charles222

    I meant through “don’t need a foregrip” in terms of how the Mk.46’s rail system isn’t a foot-wide continual monstrosity that is next to impossible to get a good grip on. It’s slim. The M249 one certainly is not.

  • M Gallo

    I saw this there and started drooling immediately. I wasn’t able to get a chance to shoot it, however.