rkhanna wrote:^^ got this off another forum.. Hope it helps in some way.
FN-MAG ..Aka GPMGThe thing about the GPMG is that is is "general purpose" – the usual definition of this is that it can be light enough to accompany the squad in normal ops, whilst also being "heavy" enough to provide sustained fire support from a tripod when required.SAW
- shares ammo with assault rifles
- carry more rounds per unit weight means more ammo
- shorter effective range compared to GPMG
- less stopping power compared to GPMG
- changeable barrel (but not done as much in practice?)
- rifle caliber ammo can't be shared
- fewer rounds per unit weight means less ammo
- longer effective range compared to SAW
- more stopping power compared to SAW
- changeable barrel (done more often in practice?)
rkhannaji, thanks for the info. This is more or less in line with my understanding of the topic.
Some of the posts that debated choosing between the INSAS LMG and MAG/Bren triggered my comment. While I agree that they are not mutually exclusive and do have overlapping roles in certain contexts, I would still think each has its own place. IMHO of course.
A while ago, I remember that there was a nice discussion on the same topic on TankNet, I will try to dig up the links if I can.