nicknamed as Pig
during Vietnam War is a family of general purpose machine gun that was designed in the United States. The M60 is designed for use with the 7.62x51 mm cartridge type and can fire ball, tracer and armour piercing ammunition. The gun was introduced in the year 1957 and continues to be in service till date with the US military and many other operators.
The M60s design is based on many concepts of that period such as stamped steel parts, quick barrel replacement and the belt-feed mechanism. The operating system of the M60 is also based on the German MG42. However, the gas mechanism is unique in many ways. At the same time, it is also simpler and this easier to clean and maintain.
The M60 is a gas-operated machine gun that fires from an open-bolt. It is fed by a belt of metallic M13 links. Most variants of the M60 come with a foldable bipod. However, it can also be mounted on some fixed mounts such as the M122 tripod. The gun has an effective range of up to 1,100 meters depending on how it is mounted and fired.
The M60 machine gun was very effective in the field. However, it did have some drawbacks in some field conditions. During its deployment in Vietnam, the common complaint was that it would jam frequently, especially in muddy conditions. Maintenance needed to be meticulous as fine sand and dust entering into the gun mechanism would cause it to get jammed.
The kit comes well packed in standard BRAVO-6 light brown cardboard box . The front part of the box shows an illustration of M60 as the back part explains the usage of PE parts. Resin parts and PE parts are inserted into different zip-lock bags to avoid unexpected damages during transfer.
Kit includes resin and photoetched parts. Resin parts are three M60 machine guns cast in one piece and a long ammo belt. Details of the machine gun are crisp and well defined.
Photoetched parts are made by Northstar Models
for BRAVO-6. As always, they are well detailed and easy to remove from sprue.Here is the list of PE parts ;
3-4.Parts for C-ration can used as ammo belt support
6.Size adjustment buckle
7.Henged shoulder rest
8.Quick release buckle
9.Left bipod leg
12.Buttstock bottom sling swivel
14.Right bipod leg
This is a useful kit to have realistic M60 machine guns in Vietnam scenes. They can be used as infantry weapons or attached to armored vehicles or helicopters.