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General purpose machine gun

GPMG shell casesThe L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) is a 7.62 x 51mm belt-fed general purpose machine gun which can be used as a light weapon and in a sustained fire (SF) role.

In the SF role, mounted on a tripod and fitted with the C2 optical sight, it is fired by a two-man team who are grouped in a specialist Machine Gun Platoon to provide battalion-level fire support. In SF mode, the GPMG, with a two-man crew, lays down 750 rounds-per-minute at ranges up to 1800 metres.

The GPMG can be carried by foot soldiers and employed as a light machine gun (LMG), although it has largely been replaced by the lighter 5.56 x 45mm Minimi in this role, in most regiments. A fold-out bipod is used to support the GPMG in the LMG role.

Versions of the GPMG are mounted on most Army vehicles and some helicopters.

Calibre 7.62mm
Weight 13.85kg (gun plus 50-round belt)
Length 1230mm (light role)
Barrel length 629mm
Muzzle velocity 838m/s
Feed 100-round disintegrating link belt
Effective range 800m light role, 1800m sustained fire role
Cyclic rate of fire 750 rounds per minute
Manufacturer Manroy Engineering (UK)