General-purpose machine gun
A general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) is a machine gun which gets its ammunition from a belt. It can be used in many different roles: it can support infantry from a bipod or tripod or be put onto a helicopter or armoured vehicle. It can provide fire support for vehicles or infantry from a variety of mounts.
A general-purpose machine gun is generally a medium machine gun. It also fires rifle cartridges like the 7.62×51mm NATO or 7.92x57mm Mauser. It is usually used from a bipod, tripod or on a vehicle. This is because it is usually too powerful and heavy to be fired well on foot or while moving.
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Some examples of general-purpose machine guns are:
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- British Army. "British Army weapons". British Army. British Army. http://www.army.mod.uk/equipment/support-weapons/1463.aspx.
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- Cutshaw, Charles W.. "Tactical Small Arms of the 21st Century: A Complete Guide to Small Arms From Around the World". http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=55szjc6g520C&pg=PA395&lpg=PA395&dq=M60+general-purpose+machine+gun&source=bl&ots=e_OKEuTqIG&sig=AhIPdCXV1Aw_reQp4WL9Xm0wBuc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=sXcOULiDG6jT0QWk4oGIAw&ved=0CDYQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=M60%20general-purpose%20machine%20gun&f=false. Retrieved July 24, 2012.