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FN company presented an updated version of the machine gun MINIMI

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After 40 years of service of the MINIMI light machine gun, FN introduced another updated version of this machine gun, which in the United States is more commonly known as the Squad Automatic Weapon machine gun М249 SAW. There are quite a few changes, but the basic design is left untouched.


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


FN company presented an updated version of the machine gun MINIMI





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
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  1. makarov
    makarov 6 December 2013 08: 38
    +3
    It seems that the topic has already been discussed ???
    1. Srgsoap
      Srgsoap 6 December 2013 09: 17
      0
      Precisely discussed! Greetings! drinks
  2. bazilio
    bazilio 6 December 2013 09: 17
    +1
    Noble machine. Good trunk.
    1. Srgsoap
      Srgsoap 6 December 2013 09: 27
      +1
      As for the machine gun, I agree, but now this Wed ... h will begin, as in the previous articlehttp: //topwar.ru/7398-pulemet-fn-minimi-mini-mitrailleuse.html#comment-id-
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      1. Per se.
        Per se. 6 December 2013 10: 52
        +9
        Quote: SrgSoap
        As for the machine gun, I agree, but now such a w ... h will begin, as in the previous article
        This is because the question immediately arises, "What do we have?", Here, this is where it begins ... Some recall the PKK, others say that "Pecheneg" will give everyone a head start, not seeing the difference in weight characteristics and cartridges 7,62X54 and 7,62X39 (or 5,45X39). Personally, I am one of those who recalls the RPD, since they have not created a worthy replacement for it. Why our army does not require a light machine gun, with a belt feed for an intermediate cartridge, is a big question, as well as when it will be created and offered. In the meantime, our RAP is used by others. I remain with my opinion, we were in a hurry to abandon the RPD.
        1. PiP
          PiP 6 December 2013 12: 08
          +4
          I also think the RPD is a great machine. If it is also "weighed" it will also give a head start to FN. The same Americans decorate them for a long time in their armishops.
          1. Per se.
            Per se. 6 December 2013 12: 29
            +3
            Quote: PiP
            The same Americans in their arshops have long adorned them.
            They have already mentioned this many times, DS Arms is engaged in remaking. Psheks, at one time, got a Soviet license, the Americans use it from them. Ours, for some reason, cannot think of such a thing, although, for sure, the warehouses still have plenty of supplies for rework. However, it would be possible to resume production by modernizing the machine gun.
        2. bazilio
          bazilio 6 December 2013 13: 08
          +1
          Yes, yes, a sore point, what is similar in our arsenals.
          PKK? a good barrel, but does not fully meet the requirements of a light machine gun (lack of tape power)
          RPD is a perfectly suitable sample. And if you play it a little bit (plastic, picatini) then in general you will succeed. eh .....
        3. bazilio
          bazilio 6 December 2013 13: 08
          +1
          Yes, yes, a sore point, what is similar in our arsenals.
          PKK? a good barrel, but does not fully meet the requirements of a light machine gun (lack of tape power)
          RPD is a perfectly suitable sample. And if you play it a little bit (plastic, picatini) then in general you will succeed. eh .....
          1. Per se.
            Per se. 6 December 2013 13: 17
            0
            Quote: bazilio
            RPD is a perfectly suitable sample. And if you play it a little bit (plastic, picatini) then in general you will succeed. eh .....
            So they "cheat", but not with us.
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            2. bazilio
              bazilio 6 December 2013 17: 20
              0
              Yes, I meant it. In such a performance, it seems to me that the RPD is inferior to Minimi in only one way - the possibility of using magizins.
  3. JonnyT
    JonnyT 6 December 2013 09: 43
    +2
    And what kind of performance characteristics does he have ??? If the short trunk bothers me honestly ... ergonomics and convenience are very good ... but moshiness and slaughter are also important
    1. Mister X
      Mister X 7 December 2013 00: 26
      0
      Quote: JonnyT
      And what kind of performance characteristics does he have ??? If I honestly confuse a short trunk.


      Since the changes affected ergonomics by and large the manufacturer
      took up the body kit for the modernization of machine guns already in the army -
      I think that the FN MINIMI Mk3 retained the performance characteristics of its predecessors.

      Sighting range - up to 1000 meters

      Rate of fire
      700 - 1150 rounds / min for models chambered for 5.45 caliber
      680 - 800 - for models under the cartridge of caliber 7.62 mm

      Barrel length
      465 mm (Standard)
      349 mm (Para)
      502 mm (7.62)

      Variants available

      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Standard

      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Standard


      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Para (for airborne with a sliding butt)

      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Para (for airborne with a sliding butt)


      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Tactical SB (Short Barrel)

      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Tactical SB


      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Tactical LB (Long Barrel)

      FN MINIMI 5.56 Mk3 Tactical LB


      Plus version for cartridges caliber 7.62
      The manufacturer did not post a photo.

      FN MINIMI 7.62 Mk3
      FN MINIMI 7.62 Mk3 Para (for airborne with a sliding butt)
      FN MINIMI 7.62 Mk3 Tactical

  4. ramin_serg
    ramin_serg 6 December 2013 09: 57
    0
    They say that a good thing but didn’t shoot, so for now I doubt it
  5. Silent
    Silent 6 December 2013 10: 34
    +3
    You can see good ergonomics, implemented many different lotions that increase ease of use. The machine gun will definitely come out pretty good. Regarding the lethal force - it no longer depends on the barrel, but on the cartridge.
  6. pogis
    pogis 6 December 2013 11: 01
    0
    When will we have such a machine gun? And better 2 in every MCO!
  7. iConst
    iConst 6 December 2013 11: 25
    0
    Noble machine. But darling ... laughing
  8. datur
    datur 6 December 2013 14: 29
    0
    Well, what is it better than the PKK? -At the bells and whistles! wink estimate on the PKK all this ,, beauty ,, and he is also handsome, in the western!
  9. Massik
    Massik 6 December 2013 16: 35
    +5
    Unfortunately I haven't read the previous article. The eye caught on numerous protruding and moving parts with small gaps, a lot of empty space in the forend. Will go to war in the city in dry weather. Resent and teach me the dunce "We must take care of the weapon!" into a piece of iron after 1-2 hits. It is unlikely that this piece of dirt will shoot, of course you can sit down somewhere and start cleaning, diligently cleaning the dirt from all the planes, wiping the collimator, picking out the clay from an awesomely convenient butt, maybe you will be lucky you will not be covered with a mine, the enemy who sneaked up will not throw a grenade, etc. etc. From the PC, I just brushed off the dirt from the front sight and rear sight with my fingers, well, I stretched the tape cleaner from the box and you can shoot for nothing.
  10. tchoni
    tchoni 6 December 2013 17: 00
    +2
    It seems to me that such a barrel is simply not relevant. Considering that a modern automatic rifle (automatic), at least under the 5.45 hibernation, is close to such a machine gun in range, it is not a problem to increase store capacity - it is not clear why a device of this class is needed.
  11. Kolovrat77
    Kolovrat77 6 December 2013 21: 43
    +1
    Already 3 times on VO material about THIS "Belgian miracle". I don’t understand we had a topic of PU-21, write an article, people do not even know that we had our own developments. If you need such a weapon, let the hastily ask the management to give money to the Tulyaks, Kovrovites or Izhevtsi, let them refine the topic, otherwise I feel it will be like with Glocks. And if the machine gun turns out to be good (and it will turn out) and is quite suitable for the infantry, then good luck. The American special forces (and even with them) should not be an example for us.
  12. Slavs69
    Slavs69 6 December 2013 23: 05
    +1
    Personally, I like the implementation as an assault unit in it: rate of fire, an intermediate cartridge (in the form of proposal 7H23), ammunition, and ergonomics. For the shield group, this is the address.
  13. psiho117
    psiho117 11 December 2013 06: 46
    0
    Quote: tchoni
    It seems to me that such a barrel is simply not relevant. Considering that a modern automatic rifle (automatic), at least under the 5.45 hibernation, is close to such a machine gun in range, it is not a problem to increase store capacity - it is not clear why a device of this class is needed.

    It only seems to you)) how do you imagine the suppressing fire from a machine gun? The store will not be enough, the barrel will overheat, the automatics will die, or some other dirty tricks will happen - well, an assault rifle is not designed for such an intensity of fire.
    1. CARasev
      CARasev 20 December 2013 02: 00
      0
      Just about SUPPRESSIVE, a sudden collision, a city, a forest - it does not matter, I taxied, a guy with such a thing falls out on you, you will have a bite with a crowbar. crush to sniff what you wrote, at this moment, the short barrel provides convenience, less weight, size, a kind of "trench broom".