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The M240 is a 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.


ArmA: Armed Assault

« The M240 is a 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun. This very robust and reliable weapon, designed by Fabrique National (FN) of Belgium, is in use by a large number of militaries worldwide. The M240 is used as a coaxial machinegun in a wide array of US armored vehicles, and recently the infantry version replaced the long-serving M60 in US Army service. The M240 is belt-fed and has a selective rate of fire.
Library Description
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M240 7.62 mm
Arma2-icon-l7a2.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png RACS
Type General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
100
Dispersion 0.0008 rad
Variants None
Games
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The M240 7.62 mm medium machine gun.

The M240 is used by both U.S. Army and RACS military forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

The M240 is a gas operated medium machine gun with an open bolt design that is chambered to fire the 7.62×51 mm NATO round.

It feeds from 100-round belts stored in clothed boxes, and can attain a fire rate of up to 800 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. It features a (non-functional) integrated bipod fixed below the barrel.

U.S. Army machine gunner set up and ready to engage.

The M240 serves as a heavier counterpart to the 5.56 mm-chambered M249 SAW light machine gun. Unlike the M249 SAW, the M240 has a lower RPM, carries 100 less rounds per belt and is bulkier to wield.

However, it compensates by firing the more powerful 7.62 mm NATO round which retains energy better at long range, especially against targets located beyond 600 metres.

Its main drawback stems from its weight/size, as carrying the M240 will prevent the user from being able to wield a secondary AT/AA launcher and its long barrel length makes it difficult to wield in close quarters.


Ammunition

Arma1-ammunition-100rndm240.png
Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
12 900

The M240 is limited to feeding from one type of "magazine" only. It requires two free inventory slots to carry:

100Rnd. M240

100-round linked belt stored in a clothed box.


Trivia

  • The M240's ironsights were not properly aligned prior to Patch 1.04, and did not zero correctly against targets located beyond 400 metres.

Gallery

ArmA 2

« The M240 is a belt-fed, gas-operated machine gun. This weapon is used extensively by US armed forces infantry, mounted on ground vehicles, boats and aircraft. It is highly prized for its reliability, good rate of fire, impact and durability. The M240 uses 7.62x51 mm ammunition.
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M240 7.62 mm
Arma2-icon-m240.png
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Type General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre 7.62×51 mm NATO
Magazine
capacity
100
Dispersion 0.0008 rad
Variants None
Games
Arma 2 logo.png

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The M240 7.62 mm medium machine gun.

The M240 is used by both the U.S. Marines/U.S. Army forces, and in limited numbers with the Takistani Army in ArmA 2.

Overview

Returning from Armed Assault, the M240 once again serves as the mainstay GPMG of U.S. military forces and as an auxiliary weapon on certain Takistani aircraft.

It still loads from 100-round belts stored in cloth boxes and has an identical muzzle velocity, but now has a slightly higher fire rate of up to 846 RPM instead.

The M240 is additionally available with an alternate variant fitted with an M145 telescopic sight (designated as the M240 Scope) but does not support either muzzle attachments or side rail accessories.

As before, it is designed to provide suppressive fire at distances of between 800-1,200 metres. Thanks to its 7.62 mm NATO round, the M240 retains exceptional stopping power against infantry and lightly-armoured vehicles.

A two-man U.S. Marine weapons team provide suppressive fire with the M240.

However just like the Mk 48 Mod 0 and the British Army's L7A2, wielding the M240 prevents the user from being able to carry a backpack. Likewise, the M240's long barrel and heavy weight makes it ungainly to wield in close quarters.

In addition, the M240's recoil is very difficult to control when it isn't fired from a prone position. However, if going prone is not an option then the shooter can still reduce its recoil by simply firing in short bursts of 2-4 rounds instead.

Lastly, it should also be noted that neither the ironsight or scoped variant of the M240 can be zeroed like the L7A2 by default. Shooting at its maximum range of 1,200 metres is solely dependent on the operator's skill and their current position.


Camouflage

  • Black: Standard matte black/dark grey scheme.

Ammunition

Arma1-ammunition-100rndm240.png
Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
12 -0.0009324 900

The M240 is limited to feeding from one type of "magazine" only. It requires two free inventory slots to carry:

100Rnd. M240

100-round linked belt stored in a clothed box.

The fourth round fired will always be a visible red tracer, while the last four rounds are consistently tracers.


Trivia

  • In-game U.S. Army machine gunners are erroneously depicted using the same "M240G" ("Golf") variant as the USMC. In reality, the Army exclusively utilises the "M240B" ("Bravo") and not the M240G.
    • Strangely, Takistani Army UH-1H helicopters are also shown using the M240 despite the fact that their regular ground forces use the Russian-made PKM.
  • The M240 incorrectly shares the same model with the L7A2 GPMG. Even though the real-world L7A2 is mechanically similar to the M240 (save for its 10-position gas regulator versus the M240's 3), it is differently furnished and would not be completely identical to the M240.
  • Curiously, the icon for the M240 M145 variant depicts the M240 with an Elcan "SpectreDR" optical sight (which is actually used on the Mk17 EGLM) instead of the in-game "M145 MGO".

Gallery

External links

See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA: Armed Assault
Handguns M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmM4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 GL, M4, M4 GL)
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 + GP-25, AKS-74 PSO) • G36 series (G36, G36C, G36K) • M16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 + M203) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmM107 .50M24 7.62 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machine guns M240 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers 6G30
Launchers 9K32 StrelaFIM-92F StingerJavelin LauncherM136RPG-7V
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMM2M119A1Mk. 19Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Queen's Gambit
OFP-factionicon-unitedstates.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Handguns M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines G36 series (G36C, G36K) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 GL, M4, M4 GL)
Assault rifles G36 5.56 mmM16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles Mk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns M240 7.62 mm
Launchers FIM-92F StingerJavelin LauncherM136
Static M2M119A1Mk. 19Searchlight
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma1-factionicon-racs.png RACS - Armoury (ArmA: Armed Assault)
Handguns M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5A5 9 mm
Carbines G36 series (G36C, G36K)
Assault rifles G36 5.56 mmM16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 + M203)
Machineguns M240 7.62 mm
Launchers FIM-92F StingerM136
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203)
Assault rifles M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm (M40A3)
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136SMAW
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns G17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns PDW 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines Mk16 CQC 5.56 mm
Assault rifles SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32Mk13
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136MAAWS
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead
Arma2-factionicon-takistaniarmy.png Takistani Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns Makarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25, AKS-74) • FN-FAL 7.62 mmM16A2 5.56 mm (M16A2 M203)
Sniper rifles KSVK 12.7 mmSVD Dragunov 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns M240 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers 9K32 Strela-2Metis-M 9K115-2RPG-7VRPG-18
Static AGS-30D-30Igla AA PodKORDMetis AT-132B14 PodnosSearchlightSPG-9ZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants. | Operation Arrowhead
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