Barrett 240LWS, .300 BLK REC7 SBR | SHOT 2017

Apart from the newly introduced Sovereign line of shotguns, and Fieldcraft line of lightweight hunting rifles (featured on TFB TV), Barrett had some new entries on display at the booth. The Barrett 240LWS is the lightweight squad machine gun that the company has produced to compliment the 240LW. The pistol grip has been pushed forward, buttstock has been shortened and with a shortened barrel to better accommodate length and weight reductions. Although the 240LW is the companies 7.62x51mm NATO GPMG entry, the 240LWS is the companies idea of an assault machine gun in 7.62, similar to the final concepts of what the M60E6 was supposed to be. The company has also made a change to the barrel changing handle with the option of locking it in a forward position as well as the previous rearward position as is common with most M240s/FN MAGs. Iron sights have also been altered from the 240LW, with the rear sight a picatinny mounted unit, and the front sight a folding blade.

Next up is Barrett’s entry into the SBR market while at the same time in .300 BLK. The upper is essentially a REC7 DI that has been shortened to a shorter profile, I’m going to guess it at 12 inches or so.


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  • Squirreltakular

    Anyone know the weight for the 240lws?

    • Anonymoose

      Wow, that’s 2lbs lighter than FN’s titanium M240L and slightly lighter than the M60E6, but not as light as a PKM…

      • Ax

        Is there anything vital that the PKM lacks, that the western guns have?

        • Ryfyle

          Cool looking plastic bits. Maybe a Disintegrating belt.

        • Anonymoose


        • Machinegunnertim

          A longer service life. More durability.
          Possibly more accuracy too.

          Ron from Battlefield Vegas (the huge gun rental range) said this-

          [On machine guns] M240 all day, every day. We’ve lost ONE FIRING PIN to fatigue/wear in our M240’s. Our PKM’s (which I still have a HIGH regard for) have lost numerous barrels, firing pins, buffers, bolt carriers and even a piston. We even had a bullet guide shear off the front trunion this week. I had a RSO mortar one 2-3 weeks ago because he knows he can’t leave the firing line with a round (live or fired) in the chamber and instead of just calling the range cold and walking it out safely, he tried to mortar it and use a mallet to get the charging handle back. He bent the receiver on the PKM. We can repair it but you are NOT going to bend a receiver on a 240 trying to get the charging handle back.

      • Machinegunnertim

        A longer service life.
        Possibly more accuracy too.

    • jcl
  • GD Ajax

    The best Barret can do these days are FN MAG and LWRC knockoffs.

    • GD Ajax

      A thought occurs. The Army should just switch to the MK48 if they want a lighter 7.62mm LMG. The LSAT is just around the corner. No need to put new crap on an old worn out gun.

      • Rob

        The mk48 doesn’t have near the service life or durability of the 240.

      • FactChecker90803

        The life of the MK48’S receiver is estimated to be about 50,000 rounds versus 100,000 first the 240.

        The American MK48, is used mostly as a squad and platoon support weapon by SF’S units, Rangers and some regular infantry in place of the heavier 240, when conducting foot patrols. FN in Belgium does make there own version of the MK48 as the Minimi 7.62 and a new updated modular version as the Minimi MK3, this had been adopted by many of the current users of the Minimi (SAW) as a dismounted infantry support MG. But the 240 is still the standard issue General Support, Mounted and CO Axial MG.

        • jcl

          What’s the receiver life of PKM?

          • Fred O C Cubed

            50 years or the speed of rust.

          • FactChecker90803

            The PKM, like the MK48/Minimi MK3 is stamped 1.5mm sheet metal. So its life span is likely to be in the 40,000-60,000 round range. As for the M240/MAG, it’s receiver is constructed from sheet metal stampings reinforced by steel plates and rivets. The front is reinforced to accept the barrel nut and gas cylinder which are permanently mounted. Guide rails that support the bolt assembly and piston extension during their reciprocating movement are riveted to the side plates, that is why it’s life span is 100,000 rounds, there are Israeli Army MAGs that have a reported over half a million rounds, with no cracks in the receiver’s.

  • mig1nc

    Wish you could have shown the gas block. The Barret REC7DI gas block is very similar in concept to the KAC Mod2 gas block.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I’ve been hearing about that 240 for years but never have seen a pic. Thank you for taking the pictures and thank you to Barrett for bringing it to the show.

  • IshTheBuddha

    Those flip up sights alone are a huge improvement. The low profile of the rear sight on a M240 makes it pretty awkward to use, even without a helmet on. I know, I know, “it’s used primarily with optics blah blah”, but still.

    • Sam

      I never found the iron sights unpleasant to use.

  • malachi13

    Here’s an idea… Why doesn’t someone rechamber a PKM in 7.62mm NATO if they’re after the same weight savings and portability?

  • Bierstadt54

    While I don’t suppose it really matters, both of Barrett’s MG’s take an ugly gun and make it uglier. Not every machine gun has to be a box with a barrel on it.

  • Richard

    That M240 is my new dream gun.

  • Stanley Rabbid

    Does no one else think the 240L looks a ton like an M60, or am I just pointing out the obvious?

  • Sam

    I am super curious what they did in order to get the trigger assembly further forward.

    Would it be as easy as relocating the sear on the op rod assembly?