M60E6 “Pig” in Slow-Motion by Vickers Tactical

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Vickers Tactical has posted up a video showcasing the M60E6 “Pig” in b-e-a-utiful slow motion. Not content to showcase only an original M60, Vickers Tactical had access to US Ordnances latest M60E6 variant. The E6 was just picked up by the Danish military and features US Ordnance’s Stellite-lined barrels for increased heat mitigation.

My personal favorite moment is at about 1:35, whicher it showcases the ejection and loading process.



Nathan S.

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  • Evan Ferguson

    Ruined a perfectly good sleeping mat.

  • Lance

    Too bad FN bought out the Pentagon in the late 90s. Id take this over a heavy and bulky 240 any time any place.

    • Joshua

      The M60 has never been a good gun, now I hear the M60E6 is a superb gun but the 240 outperformed every other iteration of the M60.

    • Pete

      Well, personally I wish we could have both. The 240/MAG is a superb medium machine gun. In a fixed emplacement or off of a vehicle pintle, it is basically unbeatable. But it is heavy, long, heavy, not well suited to shoulder fire, and… heavy. It is also terribly unsuited to carrying ammo on the receiver – those starter belt nutsacks suck balls (see what I did there). The 240 can handle the extra beating of tripod/pintle mounting in a way that M60s historically couldn’t (and which seems to be creating similar issues in Mk48’s now). Basically it is not a very good LMG, but it is a great MMG.
      This new M60E6 seems a better setup than the Mk48. It’d be nice if we could just admit that LMG’s and MMG’s are different roles which call for different guns. A dedicated dismount LMG that has a good ammo carrying system, is lighter, smaller, and suited to shoulder firing would be nice. That weight savings buys an extra 150 rounds, better handling (easier displacement of firing position), and a weapon that looks a hell of a lot more useful in a react to contact scenario.

  • Mmmtacos

    This is mesmerizingly beautiful.

    The M60E6, not Vickers.

  • Pete Sheppard

    The Pig has lost some pork.

    • 1911a145acp

      And the 60 looks pretty good too!!

      • Pete Sheppard

        That was MEAN! šŸ˜€ Took me a second…

        • 1911a145acp

          I suppose I should be careful, I am scheduled to take a carbine class from him in December.

          • Pete Sheppard

            He’ll probably get a chuckle from it; a bit of friendly payback may be forthcoming, though. šŸ˜‰

      • Grindstone50k

        Oddly enough, the LAV did put out a video “Why I’m Fat”. It’s actually kind of worth a watch, but anybody that knows his history knows he has nothing to apologize for. He’s earned himself some bacon.

        • Joshua

          Never saw the video, but unless it is a medical thing there is no excuse to be over weight.

          watching intake and exercising is not a hard concept to master.

          • Grindstone50k

            Watch the video.

          • Joshua

            I did, and all I heard was excuses for I eat more than I burn.

            He even joined x-fit and still is overweight.

            As LAV puts it, that is what I call a clue.

          • Grindstone50k

            Yeah, you’re right. Decades of service and surviving helo crashes are just ‘excuses’.

          • Joshua

            Yeah I am. If he is capable of doing cross fit, which burns an absurd amount of calories in a 30 minute period he could lose weight.

            But he takes in more than he burns. It’s as simple as that.

          • Joshua

            And let me say this. The 3 instructors I can think of off the top of my head, who also served in SFOD-D are Mike Pannone, Dale Comstock, and Pat McNamara.

            All 3 stay in shape, Even after I retired I stayed in shape. It’s not a super hard thing to do.

            Larry just let himself go, it’s that simple. He’s not a cripple, and he doesn’t have a Thyroid problem. He could be in shape if he chose, but if you consume more calories than you burn you gain weight.

      • Joshua

        What you did there……I see it.

  • robert w

    The casing gets ejected so violently compared to the links.

    With the slow mo I am just imagining the links popping out the side going “Weee!” “WooHoo!” “Yipee!” lol

    • SentMKG

      Man that thing does eject that spent brass some SERIOUS gusto. Very nice.

    • Ripley

      Very different to the M240 that just drops everything in a nice pile.

      • Hillary’s Gaping A-Hole

        A sign of a poorly balanced design. The bolt and op rod are moving way too fast, so they’re going to batter themselves in short order. Frequent (and serious) stoppages can be expected before then, as the extractor rips through the rims on less-than-perfect rounds.

        Classic problems with the M60, that have STILL not been fixed in the latest version.

  • Isaac Newton

    The camera work is amazing! Vickers must have hired a pro.

  • Grindstone50k

    I would’ve liked less post-production sound effects added in (A beating heart? Really?).
    Otherwise awesome video.

  • nadnerbus

    Is it me or is the barrel flexing like crazy? I knew it happens, but it really looks like it’s bobbing up and down pretty good.

    Anyone have any experience with this new model of the M60? How well has it solved all the problems with the original?

    • mechamaster

      I’m not the expert on this, but (maybe) it is called the “barrel harmonics vibration”

      • nadnerbus

        I know it is a thing, but it looks excessive to me.

        • Giolli Joker

          It looks excessive just because we’re not used to see the world in slow motion.
          It can be reduced with a much thicker (heavier) barrel, though.

        • mechamaster

          From my point of view ( please correct me if I got the wrong point )
          ,the barrel thickness and material composition, the power of the 7,62x51mm contact in the rifling groove, and gas piston-operated of the M60 has playing the bigger role in the excessive amount of vibration induced to the system.

          I see the same case of the slow-motion AK family and AR family. Generally, the AK has the most excessive amount of vibration than AR.

          • iksnilol

            Barrels flex when firing, it happens with all guns. Even with ARs.

            AKs seem to flex much but that is because of the thin barrel. An AK barrel in 5.45 or 5.56 flexes just as much as a regular AR barrel in 5.56 does.

        • claymore

          It’s actually a GOOD thing in an AREA weapons system. One does NOT want pinpoint accuracy in a lmg. Because the more the rounds are spread by the weapon and not the operators action the more enemy you can hit in an AREA.

      • Hank Seiter

        I have a brother-in-law, a very smart and very precise man, who has a degree from the University of Illinois in Mechanical Engineering. He owns a machine shop near Seattle, WA and has a shop full of CNC, conventional milling machines, waterjet cutting machines, wire cutting machines, etc. which create precision parts (to five ten thousands of an inch – .0005!) out of exotic metals like titanium, chrome moly steel, a plethora of aluminum alloys and the such. So he knows a thing or two about metallurgy as well as physics. His shop also mills high-end rifle receivers capable of less than quarter MOA accuracy! He cringes when he hears the term “barrel harmonics” and he prefers the terms “barrel frequency”, “barrel vibration” or “barrel resonance.”

        But at the same time I think we all know what is meant by “barrel harmonics” just like we know what someone means by saying “the sun rises in the east and sets in the west” when indeed one is actually dealing with apparent motion as perceived by an observer standing on an orb which is rotating (not revolving) on an axis tilted 23 degrees perpendicular to the Sun.

        I believe some of the barrel vibration or flex we’re seeing in super-duper slo-mo may be more than just “harmonics”. The barrel whip may also be exaggerated because of some extra flex due to voids or clearances in the locking collar between the mating surfaces of the removable barrel and the receiver.

    • n0truscotsman

      According to US Ordnance, they extensively upgraded and improved the M60 to address the previous glaring problems that led to its replacement. http://soldiersystems.net/2014/03/11/u-s-ordnance-m60e6-wins-royal-danish-army-gpmg-replacement-program/

      Im very skeptical of those claims, however.

      You ask good questions that I would like to see answered too.

  • mechamaster

    Recent model M60 is ” the bacon”.. more flavorful and can get well with another spice and food.. I mean get along with modern tactics and accessories.

  • tony

    That dudes needs to lose some weight, to be called “tactical”

    • Ripley

      That’s tactical IIIA bodyfat.

    • claymore

      Dude you need to know the REASON he has gained weight. Here is his reason and it’s a good one. What is YOUR excuse?

      http://soldiersystems.net/2015/03/26/lav-answers-critics-im-fat/

      • Joshua

        So I watched that and I don’t see a reason. Plenty of guys stay in shape after the Military. Hell Mike Pannone was SFOD-D, Marine Recon, Army SF, and trainer for Army AWG. He managed to stay in shape.

        There are plenty of low impact, high calorie burning exercises. Swimming, Recumbent Biking, etc, etc.

        The only reason someone is over weight is due to taking in more calories than you burn.

        His whole excuse was I’m fat but I’m not dead. One can be in shape, and retired from the Military. All I saw in that video was excuses about why he can’t have self control over his intake and what he burns. He can do x-fit all he wants, but unless he changes how he eats he will always be obese.

        • Hillary’s Gaping A-Hole

          What have you ever done that amounted to one-tenth of what Vickers has done?

          • Joshua

            Yes, let me post my DD 214 on TFB for all to see.

            LOOK, I get it. He’s your hero and your protective of him.

            Fact is he’s obese because he eats to much. Our bodies are really that simple, and he is not special when it comes to how our metabolism works and weight loss works.

            If he is in good enough health, at his age to do cross fit….than he could lose weight if we permanently changed his eating habbits.

        • claymore

          So you are perfect and his injuries don’t count? where did you serve?

          • Joshua

            Lol so now I said I was perfect?

            Please stop making stuff up. You owe him nothing, so don’t rush to defend the man so quickly.

            He is in good enough shape to do cross fit. Have you ever done cross fit? If he can do cross fit, he could lose weight.

            It really is that simple. It would however require him to make changes to his eating habits, because exercise alone is not enough.

            Like I said in a different post, his metabolism is not unique or special, so all the rules on weight loss apply to him.

          • claymore

            And he was and what is it to you what he does or looks like? The man is a hero and has done a lot for US what HE does with his life is up to him not some internet commenter.

    • Exoskeleton

      Watch, “Vickers Tactical Why I am fat”, then you will understand.

    • 1911a145acp

      I think you should inform Mr. Larry (
      Former U.S. Army –
      Operator Training Course
      Special Forces Qualification Course
      Special Forces Military Freefall Course
      Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SF Sniper School)
      Airborne School
      Infantry Advanced Individual Training
      Jumpmaster School
      Military Freefall Jumpmaster School
      Awards and badges include:
      Bronze Star with ā€˜Vā€™ device for actions in Panama
      Joint Service Commendation medal with ā€˜Vā€™ device for actions during Desert Storm
      Defense Meritorious Service Medal
      Meritorious Service Medal
      Combat Infantrymans badge
      Military Freefall Badge
      Special Forces Tab ) Vickers about his weight loss needs, to his face. Please advise as to when and where, cause I REALLY wanna see THAT…..

  • Rooftop Voter

    Fired these many times while stationed in Gtmo Bay, Cuba way back when. Lots of fun but never saw it in slo mo like this!
    Those cases really smack the side plate don’t they? My Barrett was dinging the shoulder on my spent 50s so I put a section of rubber vacuum hose on the charging handle. If I had a 60, methinks a rubber cushion would be in order to keep shell dings at a minimum for reloading purposes. Nice video.

  • Joe

    M60E4 was tested against the M240 in the 90’s and lost, based on unknown criteria.
    So for 20 years we’ve had an expedient GPMG built from coax guns that weighs 27.1 LBS.

    I appreciate the M60E6’s compact semi-bullpup layout, and if reliability is up to par then it seems like a great evolution of the design.

    That said, if all else is equal weight is the deciding criteria.

    M60E6 20.40 LBS

    MK48 18.26 LBS

    Negev 7.62 16.80 LBS

    PKM 16.53 LBS

    As the MK48 is based on the Minimi I have concerns about durability, but I’m not an engineer.

    The Negev is produced by a close ally (depending on POTUS) and IWI has a factory in CONUS, but Semitic small arms could lead to backlash.

    An updated/redesigned PKM (not the Russian version) would be great IMO.

    Remove material similar to the Ohio Ordnance HCAR or Barrett’s M240, add a rail to the top cover, a railed hand guard around the barrel, and switch the feed from right to left.
    But I think the 240 will be the standard until the LSAT LMG and it’s ammunition are ready for fielding… someday.

    • iksnilol

      You can further reduce the weight of the PKM by chambering it in a rimless cartridge. IIRC the Russians made a PKM in their prototype 6x49mm cartridge (which is rimless). They saved about a kilogram simply from changing to a rimless cartridge.

      I would think that right side feeding is better since then the belt isn’t in your way (if you are right handed). + if it feeds from the right it is easier to use those fancy ammo backpacks since then the belt isn’t in the way.

      But of course that will never happen because western forces for some reason can’t use anything Soviet-made or anything derived from something Soviet-made.

    • Hillary’s Gaping A-Hole

      The M240 was developed as a coax gun from the FN MAG, which was — and still is — at least 100 times the GPMG the M60 will ever be.

      From the day it was adopted — as a second-rate but “designed here” GPMG — the M60 has had a deservedly wretched reputation for beating itself to death. It’s light because the “engineers” who designed it did not actually understand how a belt-fed machine gun is supposed to work. They ripped-off the belt-feed of the MG-42 and the bolt group of the FG-42, and tried to meld them together while simultaneously making the resulting hybrid light and cheap to produce.

      And as a result they made far too many parts out of flimsy light-gauge steel stampings. The M60 has gone through numerous revisions to the feed system and the bolt group, but because the DOD was unwilling to start from a clean sheet of paper, each “improvement” was required to be backwards compatible. In the rest of the US that process is known as “trying to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.”

      Watch the video, and notice how fast the bolt group is moving during extraction. The gun is “over-gassed” and as a result it will rapidly beat itself apart internally. It’s also going to have reliability problems with the extractor tearing through the rims of fired cases, leading to a hard-to-clear jam that will take the gun out of action at the worst possible time.

  • Dave Lutz

    During the Viet-Nam era, when the quality of the original parts and replacement parts were good, the M60 could not be stopped. I remember one morning in 1970 after a successful night time ambush, my M60 Gunner showed me his firing pin that had broken into three pieces during the previous night’s engagement, but this gun had kept firing all the same.

  • avconsumer2

    550 rpm never looked so graceful. Gorgeous.

  • Sickshooter0

    Excuse me, I have to clean up my gungasm….

  • 1911a145acp

    After 50 plus years we finally reversed engineered an American version of the MG 42 that works! Man! That barrel really flops around in the slo-mo!

  • 1911a145acp

    1:35- 2:02 Perfectly engineered to ding the fired case mouth EVERY DAMN TIME!