List of Light Machine Guns - LMG

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IMI Negev Light Machine Gun - LMGA light machine gun (LMG) is a machine gun designed to be employed by an individual soldier, with or without an assistant, as an infantry support weapon. Light machine guns are often used as squad automatic weapons.
A light machine gun may be defined either by the weapon or by its tactical role. It is used to fire short bursts, usually from a bipod; a sustained-fire mount such as a tripod is a characteristic of a medium machine gun. Some machine guns - notably general purpose machine guns - may be deployed either as a light machine gun or a medium machine gun. As a general rule, if a machine gun is deployed with a bipod it is a light machine gun; if deployed on a tripod it is a medium machine gun, unless it uses ammunition of .50 or 12.7 mm caliber or larger, making it a heavy machine gun. Modern light machine guns often fire smaller-caliber cartridges than medium machine guns, and are usually lighter and more compact.
Light machine guns were first introduced in World War I to boost the firepower of the infantry. By the end of World War II, light machine guns were usually being issued on a scale of one per section or squad, and the modern infantry squad had emerged with tactics that were built around the use of the LMG to provide suppressive fire.
It is possible to fire a light machine gun from the hip or on the move, but this is generally inaccurate. They are usually fired from a prone position using a bipod. Many light machine guns (such as the Bren gun or the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle) were magazine-fed. Others, such as the MG 34, could be fed either from a belt or a magazine. Modern light machine guns are designed to fire more rounds of a smaller caliber and as such tend to be belt-fed. Some LMGs, such as the Russian RPK, are modifications of existing assault rifle designs. Adaptations generally include a larger magazine, a heavier barrel to resist overheating, a more robust mechanism to support sustained fire and a bipod. Other modern light machine guns, such as the FN Minimi, are capable of firing from either an ammunition belt or a detachable box magazine. Lighter modern LMGs have enabled them to be issued down at the fireteam level and at two or three at the section/squad.
List of Light Machine Guns:

LMG Picture Cartridge Country Year
EMERK EMERK Light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO Myanmar 2010
GatMalite GatMalite Light machine gun - LMG 5.56x45mm NATO US 2006
LSAT LSAT light machine gun LMG 5.56mm US
Germany
2003
Heckler & Koch MG4 MG4 Light machine gun - LMG 5.56x45mm NATO Germany 2003
CZW-762 CZW-762 light machine gun LMG 7.62x39mm M43 Czechoslovakia 2000s
Sterling 7.62 Sterling 7.62 Light machine gun LMG 7.62x51mm NATO UK 1995
IMI Negev IMI Negev light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO Israel 1995
QBB-95 QBB-95 light machine gun LMG 5.8x42mm DBP87
5.56x45mm NATO
China 1995
Daewoo Precision Industries K3 Daewoo K3 light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO South Korea 1991
Stoner LMG Stoner light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO US 1985
M249 Squad Automatic Weapon M249 Squad Automatic Weapon light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO Belgium 1984
Type 81 squad machine gun Type 81 squad light machine gun LMG 7.62x39mm China 1983
CETME Ameli CETME Ameli light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO Spain 1982
FN Minimi FN Minimi light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO
7.62x51mm NATO
Belgium 1982
Ultimax 100 Ultimax 100 light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO Singapore 1982
Zastava M72 Zastava M72 light machine gun LMG 7.62x39mm Serbia 1973
Mendoza RM2 Mendoza RM2 light machine gun LMG .30-06 Springfield Mexico 1965
Stoner 63 Stoner 63 light machine gun LMG 5.56x45mm NATO US 1963
HK21 HK21 light machine gun LMG 7.62x51mm NATO
5.56x45mm NATO
Germany 1961
RPK RPK light machine gun LMG 7.62x39mm
5.45x39mm
Russia 1961
Kk 62 Kk 62 light machine gun LMG 7.62x39mm Finland 1960
RPD RPD light machine gun LMG 7.62x39mm Russia 1944
Charlton Automatic Rifle Charlton Automatic Rifle light machine gun LMG .303 British New Zealand 1942
Reider Automatic Rifle Reider automatic rifle light machine gun LMG .303 British South Africa 1941
Besal Mk2 Besal Mk2 light machine gun LMG .303 British UK 1940
Knorr-Bremse Kg. m/1940 Knorr-Bremse Kg. m/1940 light machine gun LMG 6.5x55mm Sweden 1940
EPK Machine Gun EPK Light Machine Gun LMG 7.92x36mm EPK Greece 1939
Type 99 Light Machine Gun Type 99 Light Machine Gun LMG 7.7x58mm Arisaka Japan 1939
Type 97 Light Machine Gun Type 97 Light Machine Gun LMG 7.7x58mm Arisaka Japan 1937
Type 96 Light Machine Gun Type 96 Light Machine Gun LMG 6.5x50mm Arisaka Japan 1936
Bren Bren Light Machine Gun LMG .303 British
7.92x57mm Mauser
7.62x51mm NATO
UK 1935
Vickers-Berthier (VB) Vickers-Berthier VB Light Machine Gun LMG .303 British India 1932
Weibel M/1932 Weibel M/1932 light machine gun LMG 7x44mm Denmark 1932
VMG-27 VMG-27 light machine gun LMG 7.92x57mm Mauser Germany 1930s
Breda 30 Breda 30 light machine gun LMG 6.5x52mm Mannlicher-Carcano Italy 1930
DP - Degtyaryov Degtyaryov - DP Light Machine Gun LMG 7.62x54mmR Russia 1928
Lahti-Saloranta M/26 Lahti-Saloranta M/26 Light Machine Gun LMG 7.62x53mmR Finland 1927
FM 24/29 FM 24/29 Light Machine Gun LMG 7.5x54mm French France 1924
Type 11 Light Machine Gun Type 11 Light Machine Gun LMG 6.5x50mm Arisaka Japan 1922
M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle LMG .30-06 Springfield
7.92x57mm Mauser
7.65x53mm Argentine
7x57mm Mauser
6.5x55mm
.303 British
7.62x51mm NATO
US 1917
Howell Automatic Rifle Howell Automatic Rifle LMG .303 British UK 1916-1918
Huot Automatic Rifle Huot Automatic Rifle LMG .303 British Canada 1916
Chauchat Chauchat Light Machine Gun LMG 8mm Lebel France 1915
Lewis Gun Lewis Gun LMG .303 British
.30-06 Springfield
US 1913
Hotchkiss M1909 Hotchkiss M1909 light machine gun LMG .30-06 Springfield
8mm Lebel
.303 British
France 1909
Madsen Madsen 1896 light machine gun LMG 7x57mm Mauser
6.5x55mm
7.92x57mm Mauser
7.62x54mmR
Denmark 1896
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