M240 LW | LIGHT MACHINE GUN
Weight: M240L: 20.15 pounds (9.1 kg)
Length: 47 in (1,193 mm)
Barrel length : 22.9 in (583 mm)
Width: 4.7 in (118.7 mm)
Cartridge: 7.62×51mm NATO
Action: Gas-operated, open bolt
Rate of fire: 650 rounds/min
Muzzle velocity: 2,800 ft/s (853 m/s)
Effective firing range:
Bipod: 800 m (880 yd)
Tripod: 1,100 m (1,202 yd)
Maximum firing range: 4,074 yd (3,725 m)
Feed system: Non-disintegrating DM1 or disintegrating M13 linked belt
Sights:Folding leaf sight with aperture and notch, front blade, piticanny rail for optics and aiming devices.
The M240LW is a 7.62mm lightweight machine gun used at the platoon level by the New Hayesalian Army, and in a number of other situations. It fires the same round used by the Ripper Mk3 assault rifle, greatly increasing interoperability even at the lowest level. The LQ model is replacing the Army's M240B models which are being converted for vehicular and training use.
Though the M240 machinegun has been historically noted for its reliability, its weight has not gone unnoticed. By utilizing modern manufacturing techniques, the New Hayesalian Army has developed a notably lighter receiver. The result is the 20.15 lbs (9.1 kg) Barrett 240LW.
Excess weight in the original M240 is necessary due to its riveted box receiver. The overlapping steel required for this process, as well as the rivets, add to the overall weight of the machine gun and allow for corrosion risks or operational issues during use in the field.
The solution is to machine the receiver from forgings, then expertly weld the halves together. There is no extra steel for overlapping plates and no rivets to vibrate loose. This procedure allows for a reduction in receiver components from 64 down to only 2.
All parts have been updated, with a lightweight handguard and modular carrying handle, as well as a quick detach spiked bipod, all contributing to a more comfortable platform.
The Barrett manufacturing process reduces weight without the use of rare, exotic materials.
Improved reliability and corrosion has been moved into a 21st century design with the Barrett 240LW and 5.5 pounds were saved during the process.