By Kevin Dockery

The USA M60 common function laptop Gun, often called "the Pig", was once constructed within the years after global struggle II from progressive German designs. followed in 1957, the M60 got here into its personal within the jungles, hamlets, and town streets of Southeast Asia in the course of the Vietnam conflict. "Humping the Pig" grew to become universal in US army squads, with a minimum of one soldier outfitted with an M60 and each squad member sporting ammunition for it. The M60 layout remodeled infantry strategies as squads took benefit of the instant quantity of fireside provided through the layout. even though it has now been changed by way of the M240 sequence of guns in US infantry and mechanized devices, the M60 remains to be in universal use with the united states defense force. in the meantime, its iconic prestige has been guaranteed by way of its widespread visual appeal in lots of well known movies and tv indicates, from complete steel Jacket to The A staff. that includes in particular commissioned full-color art, this is often the complete tale of the M60, the leading edge squad base-of-fire weapon that has built the U.S. army from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq.

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For a patrol, 500 to 800 rounds was considered a large load. For ambushes or missions where they expected a major fight, there were SEALs who carried 3,000 rounds of ammunition in with them. SEALS proved to be very inventive in addressing the ammunition-supply problems they faced. For example, to feed his machine gun for a good length of time, H– manufactured a U-shaped aluminum canister that would hold a 500-round belt of ammunition and feed it directly into his weapon. To carry his rig, H– fixed a harness to the aluminum belt box that would hold the whole mess around his waist like a thick belt while still feeding the ammunition belt into the side of his M60.

The PBRs and the fourman crews that manned them were extremely well thought of by the Navy SEALs in Vietnam. Other surface craft operating in the waterways of Vietnam included the all-aluminum, 50ft Patrol Craft, Fast (PCF), also known as the Swift boat. Swift boats had a particular piece of firepower unique to them at the beginning of their service, in October 1965. 50-cal M2 machine gun mounted on top of it. This firepower was very flexible in its applications. The idea was so well thought of that a version was made for the much smaller PBRs.

Right and left side views of the M60D taken in 1964. com In Honduras, an American UH-1H helicopter of the 1st Cavalry Division waits with a number of Honduran soldiers aboard. The door-gunner is manning his M60D machine gun. The Hondurans are holding their weapons muzzledown for safety while on board the helicopter. The men are taking part in a joint exercise between Honduran and American forces, Exercise Granadero I, in May 1984. (US Department of Defense) In an emergency, the M60D could be dismounted and used from the bipod in a ground-defense mode.

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