Mk47 Striker40: GD’s Auto-Programmed 40mm GMG

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MK47 Striker40(click to view full) 40mm grenade machine guns (GMGs) like the Mk19 are extremely effective weapons against lightly protected opponents, offering fast firepower overmatch against superior numbers. This has made them an increasingly popular choice on the front lines. General Dynamics’ Mk47 STRIKER40 updates the standard GMG with advanced electronics, and lower weight. That change, in and of itself, helped spur early use by US special operations forces. The flip side is an increase in the purchase cost of each weapon, and in the associated maintenance burdens. General Dynamics’ reliable Mk19 is still in production, and is likely to remain so for some time to come. Nevertheless, the new Striker40 is beginning to attract contracts and interest… The MK47 Striker40 MK47 Striker & crew(click to view full) The Striker40 is a short recoil operated, locked breech weapon that fires from a closed bolt for improved first-shot hit probability. Like other GMGs, it’s air-cooled and belt fed, using standard disintegrating belts supplied in 32 or 48 round boxes. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products (GD ATP) describes the 225 – 300 rounds per minute gun as “the first major advancement in crew-served weapon systems since the end of World War […]

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