Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Neil Rioja participates in a live-fire 240B machine gun range during training at Camp Fuji, Japan, Feb. 9, 2021.

The M240 came into service with the U.S. military in 1977 and over the years, several variants have been developed. The M240 is an open bolt, gas-operated weapon, and shoots a 7.62 mm x 51 mm NATO round. It often serves as a crew-served weapon. It is commonly being mounted on boats, trucks, and aircraft, but can also be carried in the field and mounted on a bipod or tripod. The M240 is built by FN America, a subsidiary of FN Herstal.

The 240B has served in every major combat conflict since its inception. It has undoubtedly proved its worth for the Unites States and foreign militaries.

Read more about the 240B Machine Gun in our recent article.