Virginia-based FN America has kicked off an interesting new version of their MK 48 light machine gun chambered in (wait for it) 6.5mm Creedmoor. The new chambering comes just after USSOCOM’s qualified the caliber last year. Developed from the now-classic FN Minimi, the standard 7.62x51mm version of the MK 48 was adopted by SOCOM in 2013.
The 6.5 CM model of the gun, which is in the prototype stage, features an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height as well as an improved, locking charging handle. The gun has also been updated with an improved, double-notched sear; improved handguard with 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions with a new style bipod; and a more robust feed tray latch.
Why Creedmoor? Why not? I mean, its a cartridge with a 140-grain bullet that has light recoil and a much better long-range capability– better than a 7.62x51mm.
Anyways, more on this interesting new machine gun and the reasons behind why companies like FN are burning R&D on new belt-fed weapons it in my column at Guns.com.