POTD: Photos Taken At The Right Moment

Photo Of The Day and over the years we’ve had quite a few images that have been captured just at the right moment. High-shutter speed digital cameras help, but sometimes all you need is a bit of luck. It’s also about being in the right place at the right time, with your camera ready to snap that perfect shot. Did you ever succeed in doing that?

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POTD: Suppressed M240 With 1.5-6x Elcan SpecterDR

You’re watching and reading TFB’s Photo Of The Day, and yet another of Ohio Ordnance Works‘ creations appears. The M240 is presently the US military’s general-purpose machine gun and features a belt-fed mechanism. It is air-cooled, just like old Porsche 911s.

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True Velocity Partners with FN America to Develop M240 Conversion Kit

True Velocity, Inc., designers of lightweight composite-cased ammunition, have announced a new partnership with FN America. The partnership will look to test True Velocity’s conversion kit which can chamber the M240 in the proprietary 6.8TVCM composite-cased cartridge with the change of a barrel.

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POTD: Full-Auto on Pearl River

Welcome to Pearl River, South Mississippi!  We have some of the coolest images “on board” here at TFB. In today’s Photo Of The Day, we get to know the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) better, as they train international students from Colombia, participate insertion and extraction techniques on the Pearl River, near the John C. Stennis Space Center, in south Mississippi, November 30, 2022.

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Ohio Ordnance Works Introduces the 240 Patrol-SLR Conversion Kit

The must for any M240 owner looking to lighten the load the 240 Patrol-SLR Conversion Kit from Ohio Ordnance Works has what you need. Perhaps best known for their semi-auto M1918A2 BAR and the modernized HCAR, Ohio Ordnance Works also offer a semi-automatic Browning M2 and a semi-auto M240. The new 240 Patrol-SLR Conversion Kit has a shorter, lightened barrel with a lightweight bipod and a new railed forend for accessory mounting. The barrel has been shortened down to about 14 inches and an M240 converted with the kit will weigh in at around 22.3 lbs or 10.1 kg.  The kit has an MSRP of $2,650.

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Small Arms of the War In Ukraine

It’s now three weeks since Vladimir Putin’s Russia invaded Ukraine. We have seen the Ukrainian Armed Forces put up an impressive fight while Russia’s forces have stalled since their initial attempts at a lightning advance failed. While images of burnt-out or abandoned Russian armoured vehicles have dominated the news and social media there have been some interesting small arms seen. Everything from the newest Ukrainian AR-15s to Russia-backed separatists with Mosin-Nagants.

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US Army Seeks a M240 6.8mm Conversion Kit

The US Army has released a sources sought notice for a 6.8mm conversion kit for the M240B and M240L machine guns. The kit will convert the weapons from 7.62x51mm to the 6.8mm round which wins the Next Generation Squad Weapon program. The move is essentially market research to find vendors who might be capable of providing kits that include all necessary parts to convert the 7.62x51mm M240s to the new round. This might include barrels, gas systems, action springs and bolt assembly parts.

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FN Awarded $50 Million Contract for M240L & Titanium Receivers

FN America have announced a $50 million contract with the US Army to provide M240L GPMGs and titanium receivers. The new award is in line with the June 2021 contract worth $92 million to produce M240 series general purpose machine guns. The titanium receiver is the key component which helped shave 5 lbs off the previous M240B’s 27.6 lb weight. The M240H introduced in 2004 weighed 26.3 lbs while the L weighs just over 22 lbs. The number of guns and additional receivers ordered under the contract has not been confirmed.

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FN America Awarded US Army Contract to Produce New M240s

FN America have been awarded a $92 million contract by the US Army to produce M240 series general purpose machine guns. The firm fixed price contract awarded 8 June calls for an estimated completion date of June 2026. FN confirmed that the contract will cover M240 provisions not just for the US Army but also other Department of Defense programs.

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POTD: U.S. Marine Goes Rambo in Exercise Aurora

Photo Of The Day: Above we’re looking at a U.S. Marine with the Marine Rotational Force-Europe as he provides cover fire for his squad. This happened during the Exercise Aurora in 2017 in a place called Lärbro, Sweden. Aurora 17 was the largest Swedish national exercise for more than 20 years, and it included supporting forces from the U.S. and other nations. The target was to exercise Sweden’s defense capability and promote common regional security.

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Geissele Automatics Acquire 240LW & 240LWS Design from Barrett Firearms Mfg.

Geissele Automatics have announced the acquisition of the technical data packages and intellectual property for the 240LW and 240LWS lightweight general purpose machine guns developed by Barrett Firearms Mfg. Geissele announced the news on their social media earlier today, saying they look forward to “adding our forged long life barrels and Nanoweapon coating to provide the U.S. warfighter and our allies a machine gun for the 21st century.

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POTD: US and Swedish Marines in Archipelago Endeavor

Archipelago Endeavor is an annual, bilateral integrated field-training exercise, conducted to promote interoperability, strengthen partnerships, and enhance strategic and tactical cooperation between the U.S. and Swedish Marines.

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POTD: U.S. Special Forces in Burkina Faso

In today’s Photo Of The Day, we look (above) for a U.S. Special Forces soldier as he fires the Senegalese special forces’ Galil sniper rifle. This was as a part of an interoperability training during Exercise Flintlock 2019, near Po, Burkina Faso, in February 2019. Note Mk 17 behind the Galil.

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POTD: Belt Toss – Keeping the 240 Fed

This great shot comes from a live fire exercise with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, in Portugal. The photo was taken back in April and the official caption describes what’s going on:

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POTD: Fuji Viper Machine Gun Range

We look at US Marines operating a vehicle-mounted M2 machine gun on a range during Exercise Fuji Viper.

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