FN MAG

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The FN MAG is a general purpose machine gun based on an upside-down Browning Automatic Rifle action with a feeding mechanism derived from the MG42, developed in Belgium during the 1950s and adopted by many countries around the world, including the U.S. The United States Military made some design changes and adopted it currently as the M240, however it is not identical to the FN MAG used in Europe, South America and the Middle East prior to the 1990s. The MAG-58 was the mainstay of foreign armies until the U.S. finally got rid of the M-60 in the early 1990s and adopted their own version of the FN MAG. There are three major incarnations of the FN MAG, in movies.

1) The original MAG-58 (which is the incarnation seen before the early 1990s).

2) The L7 Machine Gun, adopted by Great Britain and used by some Commonwealth countries

3) U.S. incarnation known as the M240. All major variants of the FN MAG are very similar, except the earlier variants had no heat shields around the barrels and the buttstocks were wood. The newest incarnation, the U.S. M240 added heat shields and synthetic stock, plus a modified flash hider.

A scaled down light machine gun version chambered in 5.56mm was developed in the 1970s, the FN Minimi.

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Specifications

(1958-present)

Type: General-Purpose Machine Gun

Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO

Capacity: Belt Fed (100 rounds standard)

Fire Modes: Full-Auto (650-1000 RPM)


The FN MAG machine gun (the most recent version being designated M240 in U.S. military service) has appeared in the following films, television series, and video games being used by the following actors:

FN MAG 58

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Tripod mounted FN MAG-58 machine gun (Independence Day exhibition at Yad la-Shiryon Museum, Latrun, Israel) - 7.62x51mm NATO. A Browning M2HB is visible on the left as well
FN MAG 58 mocked up to resemble an M240B, with synthetic buttstock and heatshield added - 7.62x51mm NATO

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Sorcerer IDF soldiers mounted on Jeep 1977
Operation Thunderbolt Israeli troops 1977
The Wild Geese 1978
Unfinished Supper (Nezakonchennyy uzhin) Seen in documentary footage 1981
Under Fire . Nicaraguan Guardia Nacional Mounted on jeeps and helicopters 1983
The Jewel of the Nile Mounted on M113 APC, with stock removed 1985
Latino Contras soldier 1985
King Solomon's Mines (1985) African rebels modified to look like a WW1-era Maxim MG 1986
Rage of Honor Henchmen Ametralladora MAG; mounted on Bell Iroquois helicopter 1987
Ishtar Warren Beatty Lyle Rogers 1987
Iron Eagle II Jason Blicker Tech. Sgt. Hickman 1988
Rambo III Sylvester Stallone John Rambo Mounted on fake Soviet helicopters and tanks, with stock removed 1988
The One That Got Away Steve John Shepherd Small Bob continuity error 1996
Tears of the Sun soldier stock footage 2003
Hotel Rwanda Rwandan Army soldiers Hand-held and mounted on Land Rover jeeps 2004
Hotel Rwanda Belgian Army soldiers Mounted on Land Rover jeeps 2004
A Very Long Engagement Mocked up as Maxim MG08 2004
A Very Long Engagement Mocked up as Maxim MG08/15 Spandau machine gun, mounted on biplane 2004
Sahara Kazim soldiers Mounted on various vehicles 2005
Blessed by Fire Argentinian soldiers 2005
Beaufort Israeli Defense Force Soldiers Mounted in bunkers and on vehicles 2007
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Colombian rogue unit Mounted on jeep 2009
Lebanon Israeli Defense Force Soldiers 2009
There Be Dragons Spanish Nationalists 2011
Machine Gun Preacher SPLA troops 2011
Black & White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault Major 2012
Guardian Angel (Schutzengel) mercenary with large heatshield 2012
Lupin III Thai soldiers 2014
The Siege of Jadotville mercenaries 2016
Soldiers only know by God Argentine soldiers 2017
Malay Regiment 17th Royal Malay Regiment troopers
7 Days in Entebbe IDF Commandos man-portable, mounted on land-rovers 2018

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
On Wings of Eagles Revolutionaries 1986
On Wings of Eagles Prison guards 1986
The Promise IDF soldiers 2011
The Last Ship US Navy personnel 2014
Tyrant Abbudinian soldiers mounted on M3 Half-tracks 2014

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Delta Force: Land Warrior 2000
Delta Force: Task Force Dagger 2002
Project Reality With L7 carry handle and markings 2005
Project Reality As the "C6" Handheld, coaxially mounted on LAV-III, and door-mounted on CH-146 Griffon with L7 carry handle and markings 2005
Project Reality: Falklands Handheld and in fixed defensive positions With L7 carry handle and markings 2012

Anime

Film Title Character Notation Date
New Dream Hunter Rem: Massacre in the Phantasmic Labyrinth American soldiers, mounted on Chieftain tank 1992

L7 Machine Gun

British L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
British L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO. This view of the left hand side of the weapon shows the mounting bracket at the rear of the receiver for sustained fire optics, a unique feature of the L7. Although this bracket can be removed, four screw holes will be visible on the side of the receiver.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Help! British Army soldiers 1965
The Outsider British troops 1980
The Final Option mounted on Land Rover 1982
Octopussy South American soldiers mounted on Jeep M38 A1 and on another vehicle outside hangar 1983
I Love Maria Maria's gang members 1988
Tumbledown Scots guard soldier 1988
An Ungentlemanly Act British Royal Marines 1992
The Devil's Own British Army soldiers Mounted on Alvis Saracen APC 1997
xXx Henchman 2002
28 Days Later British Army soldiers Mounted on Land Rover 2002
Children of Men British Army soldiers 2006
How I Live Now British Army soldiers Mounted on Land Rover 2013
Soldiers only know by God British paratroopers 2017

Television

Actor Character Show Title / Episode Note Air Date
Dempsey and Makepeace Clive Mantle "Big Ben" Davis "Extreme Prejudice" (S03E05) 1986
Christopher Fox Cpl. Louis Hoffman Ultimate Force Tripod and hand-held 2002 - 2006
Heather Peace Tpr. Becca Gallagher Loader only
SAS soldiers Mounted on Landrover WMIK
Various criminals and terrorists Tripod mounted
British Army soldiers Red Cap 2003 - 2004
British Army soldiers Sherlock / "A Study in Pink" 2010 - ????

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Project Reality Handheld and mounted on Land Rover jeeps & Iveco LMV's 2005
ArmA II L7A2 Individual weapon and mounted on Land Rover jeeps, Supacat Jackal and AH11 Wildcat helicopter Available in the British Armed Forces DLC 2010
Project Reality: Falklands 2012

M240 Machine Gun

M240B with newer style lower handguard (designed to attach RIS rails via hex nut) - 7.62x51mm NATO.
M240C vehicle coaxial-mount version - 7.62x51mm NATO.
M240D vehicle and aircraft-mount version with spade grips - 7.62x51mm NATO.
M240G - USMC style with no heat shield - 7.62x51mm NATO.
M240L - U.S. Army's new lightweight variant - 7.62x51mm NATO. This version is fitted with M145 ELCAN scope.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Bad Boys II US Coast Guard Crewmen M240B, door-mounted on MH-68A Stingray helicopter 2003
36th Precinct Alain Figlarz Francis Horn 2004
The Interpreter US Coast Guard 2005
War of the Worlds US Army soldier M240B 2005
War of the Worlds US Army soldiers & Marines M240D & M240C, mounted on M1A1 Abrams & LAV-25 2005
XXX 2: State of the Union Seen in chop shop 2005
Transformers US Army soldiers M240G, mounted on Humvees & UH-60 Blackhawk 2007
Lions for Lambs Michael Peña Ernest Rodriguez M240D, mounted on CH-47 Chinook 2007
Lions for Lambs Chinook gunner M240D, mounted on CH-47 Chinook 2007
Crossfire (Les Insoumis) Gangsters In the warehouse of weapons, vehicle mounted 2008
The Incredible Hulk US Army soldier M240B 2008
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra M240C and M240D, mounted on M1A1 Abrams 2009
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen US Army soldiers M240C & M240D, mounted on M1A1 Abrams and UH-60 Blackhawk 2009
Red Extra Guard Mounted on vehicle 2010
Battle: Los Angeles Aaron Eckhart SSgt. Michael Nantz M240B, mounted on LAV-25 2011
Battle: Los Angeles U.S. Marines M240D, M240B, & M240C, mounted on LAV-25, M1A2 Abrams, CH-46E Sea Knight, and UH-1 Huey 2011
Memorial Day US Army soldiers M240B, mounted on Humvee 2011
Johnny English Reborn Mounted on vehicle 2011
The Expendables 2 Jason Statham Lee Christmas Mounted on seaplane 2012
Act of Valor U.S. Navy Sailors M240G mounted on Mark V SOC 2012
Olympus Has Fallen North Korean Terrorists M240D, mounted on converted garbage truck 2013
White House Down M240D, mounted on MH-60 Blackhawk 2013
2 Guns Earl's henchmen M240D, mounted on UH-1 Huey 2013
Captain Phillips U.S. Navy sailor M240B, mounted on RHIB 2013
Lone Survivor M240D, mounted on MH-47 Chinook 2013
Sabotage Cartel member M240B 2014
American Sniper U.S. Marines M240G, mounted on Humvees and MRAPs 2014
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi James Badge Dale Tyrone "Rone" Woods M240B 2016
Suicide Squad Henchman M240B 2016
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk U.S. Army soldier M240B 2016
xXx: Return of Xander Cage M240B, seen in armory 2017
Bright SWAT teams 2017
Sicario 2: Soldado Mexican Federal Police vehicle mounted 2018
Rampage U.S. Army vehicle mounted 2018

Television

Actor Character Show Title / Episode Note Air Date
Eddie Cooper Fat Au Banshee - Season 3 / E01 2015
Eddie Cooper Fat Au Banshee - Season 2 / E10 2014
Resistance fighters Falling Skies - Season 1 2011
Ultimate Weapons M240C, mounted on Abrams M1A2 MBT 2010
Future Weapons M240B, on SWORDS 2010
. US Coast Guard Hawaii Five-0 (2010) M240B, bow-mounted on US Coast Guard patrol boat 2010-????
US Marines JAG / "Father's Day" M240C and M240D, mounted on M1A1 Abrams 2007
US Coast Guard crewmen CSI: NY M240B, bow-mounted on US Coast Guard patrol boat 2004 - ????
NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service / "Enemies Foreign" M240B, in remote weapons mounting 2003 - ????

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Release Date
Steel Beasts M240C and M240D, vehicle-mounted 2000
Ghost Recon M240C on M2A3 Bradley APC & M1A2 tanks, M240D on M1A2 Abrams tanks, M240G portable 2001
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down 2003
Enter the Matrix M240B Playable via cheat code only 2003
Battlefield 2 M240C, mounted on M1A2 Abrams and M6 Linebacker 2005
Project Reality M240B and M240G, with optional ACOG & M145 MGO scopes With L7A2 carry handle and markings 2005
Project Reality M240C, mounted on M1A2 Abrams, LAV-25, and M2A2 Bradley 2005
Project Reality M240D, mounted on UH-60L Blackhawk & UH-1N Huey With L7A2 carry handle 2005
Project Reality L37A1 Mounted on Scimitar light tank 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter M240C on Abrams tanks 2006
Scarface: The World is Yours SAW w/ M16-style magazine 2006
Black Mounted on M1 Abrams in stock footage 2006
ArmA: Armed Assault 2007
World in Conflict Heat-shield removed Inaccurately used by French Army 2007
Modern Warfare 2 2009
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising M240 Coaxial, M240 Pintle M240C, mounted on M1A2 Abrams, LAV-25, M240G, mounted on LAV-25, Desert Patrol Vehicle and Small Unit Riverine Craft (SURC) 2009
ArmA II M240G and M240C Used by US Army and USMC as individual weapon and mounted on vehicles and aircraft 2010
Splinter Cell: Conviction as part of a smart turret M240D 2010
Medal of Honor M240B mounted on CH-47 Chinook Incorrectly seen with both spade grips and pistol grip 2010
Homefront M240C, mounted on M1A3 Abrams 2011
Battle: Los Angeles M240C, mounted on M1A2 Abrams 2011
Battlefield Play4Free M240B, with bipod removed and optional EOTech or Sightmark Sure Shot red dot sight or M145 MGO scope 2011
Battlefield Play4Free M240C, mounted on M1A2 Abrams 2011
Battlefield 3 M240B with EOTech red dot sight Inaccurately used by U.S. Marine Corps 2011
NCIS: The Video Game Mounted on Abrams MBT 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 M240B, M240C, M240D 2011
Breach M240 M240B 2011
Project Reality: Falklands L37A1 Mounted on FV101 Scorpion and FV107 Scimitar Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle 2012
Medal of Honor: Warfighter M240B w/ various attachments M240B 2012
M240L M240L
M240 Mk43 Mod1 M240B

Anime

Title Character Notation Date
Macross Zero Mounted on Abrams MBTs 2002-2004
Nobunagun M240C 2014


See Also

  • FN Herstal - A list of all firearms manufactured by FN Herstal.



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