In the new version of the machine gun Minimi Mk3 with the changes will be used 5.56 caliber cartridges and 7.62 NATO. The main changes affected the ergonomics and greater unification of parts and assemblies. These changes are a response to requests from servicemen who directly use the Minimi machine gun.
The company’s press release states: “The user requirements for the Minimi light machine gun have evolved over the past 10-15 years. They mainly consisted in the desire of end users to widely use various accessories, to have compatibility with the equipment of soldiers, as well as in connection with changes in tactics. ”
Since the changes represent the installation of various units and elements on the machine gun, it is possible to modernize machine guns already in the army. This saves considerable money, since there is no need to purchase a new version of the Minimi machine gun, and all that is required is to purchase individual elements.
Version of the machine gun Minimi Mk3 chambered for 5.56 mm
Machine gun Minimi Mk3 has a five-position adjustable retractable butt stock, allowing to take into account all the anatomical features of military personnel, including the use of body armor and equipment. Buttress - four-position, adjustable. The butt is also equipped with a hydraulic buffer and a shoulder clasp, which makes shooting a machine gun more manageable and more convenient to carry.
Completely reworked forearm, now it is integrated with quick-set bipods. On the sides and bottom of the forearm set Picatinny rail. Handguard at the request of the end user can be equipped with a heat shield.
The platoon's handle was increased, which makes it possible to conveniently operate with it both right-handed and left-handed. In addition, it is equipped with a protective latch to prevent the ingress of dirt.
Version of the machine gun Minimi Mk3 chambered for 7.62 mm
There are more serious changes. The Mk3 machine gun uses another barrel lock that allows you to close the cartridge cover without reinstalling the barrel (it is possible that the barrels can be replaced without opening the cartridge cover). We also changed the ammunition supply tray, which facilitated the process of loading with one hand.
The barrel fastening system and the power supply of the machine gun allows you to switch over to the use of 7,62 mm cartridges in the version for chambered caliber 5,56 mm. As a result of this opportunity, the new model gets more tactical flexibility (and the model for the 7,62 mm caliber cartridge has a lot of weight). A similar transition for the version under the 5,56-mm cartridge is not possible.
According to the site http://www.guns.yfa1.ru