A Brief Introduction to the M240 Golf
A Brief Introduction to the M240 Golf

Hi guys, thanks for tuning in to another
video on ForgottenWeapons.com. I’m Ian McCollum, and I’m out here today at
the range at the Institute of Military Technology, where we are gonna do some
shooting with an M240 Golf. This is the FN medium, or general purpose, machine gun
that was adopted by the US military to replace the M60. Now this was originally actually first adopted
as a vehicular gun for tanks and Bradley APCs and that was the Charlie model. It had no butt-
stock, it was solenoid fired, it didn’t have a bipod, it was a vehicular gun. It was then picked up by both
the Army and the Marine Corps. Now the Army adopted the Bravo
model, which has this ground mount kit of a butt-stock, and a pistol grip, and a bipod,
and also a handguard both top and bottom. The Marine Corps decided that they were too cool to
use a handguard, and so they got the Golf model here. Which is presumably just a little bit lighter,
although that’s not saying much. This is a heavy gun. The Marine Corps Golf model, which this is an
example of, has no handguard top or bottom, but it does have the bipod,
butt-stock, pistol grip to be fired like this. So this replaced the M60 as the American
7.62mm calibre general purpose machine gun. It is a quite heavy gun, but it
is also an extremely durable gun. Mechanically, this is basically a Browning
BAR flipped upside down and made belt feed. So we’re gonna go ahead and load
some up here, to do a little bit of shooting. Alright, got a push through safety selector there. There is no semi-auto feature, this is full-auto or nothing. And a very nice set of aperture sights as well
as a Picatinny rail for an optic, which I don’t have. It’s got a relatively high rate of fire, it’s
got a reasonable amount of recoil to it, you could kind of consider this like the
baseline for a 7.62 calibre belt-fed machine gun. It’s heavy, that weight does
help absorb some of the recoil, but it’s not exactly, you know,
built with recoil reduction in mind. So we’ll go ahead and
reload it and do a little bit more. So what this really brings to the table is durability and reliability. These are both very durable and very reliable guns. In kind of typical military tradition they
are heavy, but what you buy from that is you don’t have to worry about
whether or not they’re going to work. So, overall really quite well regarded guns. So I’ve kind of gotten in the habit of trying
these sorts of things from the shoulder. And the 240 here is possibly one of the worst guns
ever that you could try to shoot from the shoulder. It is pretty darn heavy, it’s also
got a very long length of pull. It’s got a pretty big receiver here
and then tack on a long butt-stock, and most of your weight is
in the barrel out at the front. It’s a tricky gun to shoot from the shoulder,
but we’ll give it a try here, just for you guys. The nice thing is, because it’s so
heavy, it doesn’t climb, like, at all. The downside is because it’s so heavy, it’s
really hard to actually hold it out on target. So I’m sure there are a bunch of Marines who have
gotten quite good at firing this thing from the hip. Probably also with assistance
of the carry handle there, but not recommended in general. This is a
gun much better suited to bipod use, so. Hopefully you enjoyed this brief
look at some shooting with a 240 Golf. Thanks for watching. (I guess I’ll just empty the rest of this out.)

100 thoughts on “A Brief Introduction to the M240 Golf”

  1. Migrant Hunter says:

    An FN mag and an M60 had an ugly baby.

  2. matthew nugent says:

    The trick to the shooting of 240 from the shoulder is to just be 6 foot five or taller. I know a couple of guys who are just so tall that they can just use the bipod legs as a vertical front grip.

  3. Strange W A V E says:

    Nothing like watching some FW while on the toilet.

  4. Tom Paul says:

    the 240 was the reason I chose to stay a rifleman instead of going machine gunner when i enlisted… that and my ITB class didn't offer assaultman because "we're phasing it out" almost 11 years later and they've only just started to actually phase out 51s… dicks

  5. Scott Kenny says:

    The weight of the M240 is definitely the downside. I got to qualify on the M60E3 or E4 (not real sure which), and that was a heavy pig to carry up the ladder into the bridge of the sub. But I'm also sure our M60s were new production, because we never had issues with them going click instead of bang.

  6. Andrew Russell says:

    Hey Ian, since you mentioned a m60, have you ever heard of [I think they called it] a STINGER? In which they put a buttstock on an m60 to do walking fire with. I believe they cut down a Garand stock an mounted it. I dont know if it ever got out of an experimental phase or if it was something cobbled together by G.I. armore's around the time of Korea I think. Just wondering if you ever heard of such a thing?

  7. jonathon donahue says:

    Dig your toes in the ground for the Prone and shooting from the hip we grab the bipod

  8. Leif Eriksson says:

    Used one of these during my military service in Sweden. We didn't have a hand guard either. Lovely weapon.

  9. Ramon Berenguer says:

    Why GOLF? "Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden"??? Or was this made by Volkswagen?

  10. Ducaso says:

    It tickles me that the sound of the gun firing is literally pewpewpewpewpew.

  11. den2k88 says:

    Full auto or nothing. I want this on a shirt.

  12. Simon Åslund says:

    I love that gun! In Sweden we call it the kulspruta 58 or ksp58 for short. I shot just over a 1000 sounds during my basic training and låter ön in the Hemvärnet.

  13. Bryan Schmidt says:

    If you collapse the bipod, it moves the centre of gravity back a noticeable amount. Not a huge amount, but it's noticeable.

  14. insertnamehere001 says:

    Too cool for handguards, good motto for Marines.

  15. Gerry Powell says:

    It’s similar to the GPMG?

  16. Briarus HECATONCHEIRES says:

    the 240's on the m1 could change the rate of fire by turning the screw on the gas port. i think it was 300 600 and 1200?

  17. wjskyout says:

    Nice vid. Not too different from the MAG 58. Heavy bastard to carry after being spoiled with the 5.56 and 7.62 Minimi. More durable than them though. L7 GPMG was the section LMG for Brit and Kiwi infantry since before Vietnam, and more reliable than the M60. If you're going to fire from the shoulder I suggest you fold the bipod and use it as a foregrip. After 20 or more rounds the bottom of the receiver starts to get mighty hot! Firing from the hip supported by a sling over the shoulder is much easier if there is a need to fire on the move or unsupported.

  18. Yukari's Gaming and Gun Reviews says:


  19. Niels Vc says:

    its firing way too slow

  20. Deathicael says:

    does the world blur out when shooting it?

  21. andyms76 says:

    As a 2111 in the Marines, this and Ma Duce were by far my favorites.

  22. Chris Ide says:

    Still waiting on the shooting and history of the M249 SAW.

  23. dougler500 says:

    That looks really stable while firing. Impressive.

  24. Андрей Давыдов says:


  25. HellbirdIV says:

    Ian is usually all smiles after firing a burst of full auto, it says something about the MAG / M240's weight that all he could do was grunt in pain. Yikes.

  26. ducati27012 says:

    Isn't the 240 just a souped up version of the mag58? one other thing. In your Q&A didn't you say that there were no toggle lock guns in modern day being fielded. Wasn't the BAR a toggle lock gun?

  27. Duke Dirty Work says:

    When shooting it from the shoulder hold onto the bipod

  28. ProductBasement says:

    I doubt anyone fires that or any other gun from the hip. Shooting from the hip exposes your body and decreases your accuracy considerably at the same time

  29. Von Hammer says:

    Browning Bar flipped upside down = mind blown

  30. Wojak watching YouTube says:

    I do think the game Payday 2 popularized this weapon as in payday 2 the M240g or KSP 58 light machine gun was a popular choice to use

  31. al johnson says:

    I like how you just let the belt sit in the sand casually.

  32. whiskeytomcat says:

    Love the C6

  33. Aun Naqvi says:

    Why does the FN MAG look so bad like cmon bruh PKM looking like a snacc

  34. Sanders says:

    Pretty much identical to the british army's L7A1 GPMG! Barring the feed tray and the gas regulator.

    Didn't think our cousins across the pond still used this weapon system!

  35. TheEngwall says:

    In sweden its called KSP58.

  36. XanderTuron says:

    To roughly paraphrase some Canadian soldiers I was talking to one time; "everybody loves the firepower of the C6 (Canadian designation of the FN MAG), it's just that nobody wants to be the one to carry it and its ammo".

  37. Олег Козлов says:

    I can't get rid of the feeling I saw this guy in every 90s action movie

  38. Platapus Plomo says:


  39. Zdrajev says:

    Very interesting feeling to see a weapon on this channel, which you are actively using 😀 I also recommend arming the weapon before closing the feed cover to avoid damaging it (just like an MG 42)

  40. Michael Tarvin says:

    durable and reliable was what the US Army was looking for after our M60s simply wore out… you can only refurbish a receiver so many times…

  41. Deanimator says:

    I wish we'd had those instead of the garbage M60s we had in ROTC and the Army.

  42. ScarletAvatar says:

    Can we get a theory of mechanical operation vid or something to that effect if it's not already in the works?

  43. zuhaili shufller says:

    I was trained with the same exact configuration as Ian uses. Love to fire it but God damn it's a pain in the butt to carry on 30km-40km hike. Especially when I'm the shortest and the lightest members of my platoon. All that weight makes you a very grumpy old man although I'm 23 during that time.

  44. Slick Slicers says:

    Is that the UK GPMG? Certainly looks familiar, though I haven’t seen one, let alone shot one since the 1980’s!

  45. Nils Herloff-Petersen says:

    Ian, did you have a chance to fire the SS77 during your South African sojourn?

  46. HunterR909 says:

    Rhodesian African Rifles GPMG Gunners used a shoulder strap and could fire from the hip as well as with the bipod, next time try it with a shoulder strap.

  47. Ged Gilmore says:

    Fold the bios and use this as a forestock/handgaurd. This is how the Rhodesians used this gun in the Bush war. I was taught this technique by a former member of the RLI.

  48. Matthew Cole says:

    This man has got the best job in the WORLD!!

  49. Karl Sholtz says:

    There are much more than 3 variants of the 240. Army Aviation has gone 240H for example. It had a different aluminum bi-pod setup with a pic rail mount around the gas tube. It also has a spade grip replacement of the rear buttstock but also came with a ground conversion kit to emergency egress. Oh and a 4 prong spiral muzzle device to reduce flaring out NVG at night.

  50. DAN THMAN says:

    Firstly the 240g is different than the 240b if I remember correctly. The gas systems are different. The golf has different settings much like the fal to change the rate of fire where the bravo noes not.
    Secondly that isn't a carry handle. It's strictly used for barrel removal. Using that as a carry handle will bend it causing poor barrel lockup. For an example watch sons of guns. Those idiots always carried one by that handle and it was bent af.

  51. Jason says:

    Those "quick change" barrels were so hard to change out. : (

  52. Schmeat says:

    The FN MAG

  53. Winchester1979 says:

    Ian makes a small mistake in the video: the M240C is specifically a right hand feed version of the tank machine gun, used in the Bradley and the USMC LAV. The regular left hand feed version is just called M240. Wikipedia has some confusion regarding which version of the gun is installed on certain vehicles as some people have treated all coaxial mounted guns as being the M240C model, but that's not really the case.

  54. Ancaporado says:

    "Mechanically this is a Browning BAR flipped upside down with a belt-feed"

    Desire to know more intensifies

  55. HICAR_ says:

    The next video should be a brief introduction to weapons maintenance of the M240 gold from a 0331.

  56. zack blum says:

    My absolute favorite weapon from my time in the army. Granted, I was a 19k, so I never had to carry the fuckin thing. But what a fantastic weapon to have mounted on a tank or humvee.

  57. Sean Purdy says:

    There’s certainly a lot of marines who will tell you they’ve become good at firing from the hip, but that would hardly qualify as anything you should take as truth. The Airborne world now (as of 2013) is using the M240L which is a lightened version of the B with a scrimpy looking stock and some parts made from less heavy metals. I remember you could adjust the rate of fire for the SAW via the gas tube regulator but cannot remember if it was possible for the 240 barrels.

  58. Scott Butts says:

    Such a satisfying thump.

  59. LtActionCam says:

    The Marines have Bravos as well.

  60. Agskytter says:

    The M240 is a nice MG in peacetime and limited warfare. The M240 emulates a relieable MG34.
    A MG3 upgraded to MG42 standards with 1300rpm and 170gr Lapua/Nammo MG-ammo is the MG for total war.
    This is the one to have: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9E0L3NSniA

  61. Alex Wilson says:

    I'd just like to point out that (at least within the US army) we're taught to never carry it by the barrel change handle, and so have adopted (for hip fire) use of the bipod as a secondary grip off to one side depending on whether you're right or left handed.

  62. thevoice421 says:

    Went through The Basic School and did platoon-on-platoon simulated attacks out in the woods with blanks. One very large Marine on defense saw my attacking squad coming in on the flank, picked up his 240 and the tripod it was mounted on, faced left at us, and pulled the trigger until it didn't go bang any more. Pretty impressive to see.

  63. Dion Phagoof says:

    My weapon of choice when I used to play Delta Force Black Hawk Down. Good times.

  64. Marius Jovaisis says:

    Is M240G mechanically different from KSP-58? Apart from sights and a rail I see no other apparent difference.

  65. jagervw says:

    As a 19K we had the 240B and a ground kit; used it when we set up a OP just outside a bivy on field manuevers. Great weapon. It is also noted for the lowest mean failure rate for machineguns of the era.

  66. CMDRFandragon says:

    Always wondered how goofy that tbing was to handle, being long like an old napoleonic era musket.. Plus why the US replaced the 60, when they have the much improved E6 model, plus its alot less clunky to handle. Same with the 249. Why replace that? Its kinda small…

  67. Tyler Garrett says:

    Fold the bipod towards you so you can gangster grip it.

  68. James says:

    It is good to see the US finally getting with the times by adopting this weapon a few years ago. The rest of us have been fielding this weapon system for decades. My single only issue with this weapon system is the fact our government here is far too cheap to procure new ones, thus fielding only 1950 & 60s productions means much higher rates of mechanical breakdowns compared to the newer models.

  69. asfd asdf says:

    ROF can be adjusted using the gas regulator. Id say this one is a bit high. Also, firing from the hip needs a sling. With a sling and tracers, its surprisingly easy to fire accurately from the hip.

  70. newy22 says:

    The GPMG as it is in the British Army, loved firing it , to fire in the standing position fold the bipod legs up and lock them in place its easier , commonly known as the GYMPY

  71. Rockwolf66 says:

    I believe it was Rhodesia that had units where 1 in 4 carried an FN MAG and the guys with the MAG had to be proficient in shooting it from the shoulder like a rifle. I've gotten to play around with one(My sister outshoots me with one) and they are a heavy Beast.

  72. rebel 985 says:

    Hk21e is what I would like to see

  73. Kyle R says:

    Man count to 3 before you let off, let that thing roar for a second. I loved firing my SAW I know it’s completely different but full auto is always cool, let some ammo fly down range shoot 3 (full) seconds pause 3 seconds. Most of the time your other SAW gunner is firing during your pause and vise versa.

  74. Whoef Whoef says:

    Great review and weapon , the right hand needs to be on the stock (wrench it in ya shoulder)and u lay ya face on the hand and also u need no angle behind the weapon to shoot it.
    with kind regards a FN Mag / M240B veteran.

  75. Daniel Morrison says:

    "What the hell is that?"
    "You're clearly not a golfer"

  76. Ken Warner says:

    I loved this gun when mounted, loathed it when dismounted. High rate of fire and highly reliable while easy to clean and maintain in my experience made it a great gun. Center of gravity in the middle of the gun and an annoying bipod in my experience made it not so great gun. Mostly fond memories of this, though. If they gave it a real forward hand guard (I was US Army and had a Bravo) and a bipod similar to the M-60's, I wouldn't have had much to gripe about.

  77. Nicolas_Yad says:

    It seems you forgot that soldiers get a sling to carry their gun.
    I was trained to use a FN MAG during my time in Belgian Army, and the doctrin was mostly "drop down and fire", but if you had to fire while moving, you just had to hold the stock under your arm, grab the bipod with the other hand, and fire from the hip using tracer ammo to correct your aim with the sling carrying the gun for you.
    The same applies to the M249 (FN Minimi), setting the sling right allows you to "lock" the gun in place on your shoulder, so you can almost aim ain shoot with only your stong hand (but not for a long time)

  78. John Tavish says:

    One of the worst guns ever from the shoulder? Ah! You should try the French ANF1…

  79. Robert Mccutcheon says:

    When I was in the marine corp we had M240s with hand guards on them. we also had adjustable stocks.

  80. Ethan Johnson says:

    I can only imagine how light the WWSD Carbine must feel after handling that monster.

  81. michaelkeha says:

    This thing brings on new meaning to screaming four.

  82. YaBoyTroy says:

    Nobody wants to carry it, everyone wants to fire it.

  83. chzzyg269 says:

    There's not much I miss about the Army, but the 240 is one of them. Anytime I was stuck in the middle of nowhere to keep guard, the 240 made me feel like I could handle any situation.

  84. Joseph Du Verney says:

    Hey Ian. I’m almost positive the M240G does have an upper hand guard. It looks just like the one on the M249. I could be mistaking that with a barrel shroud if that’s what it would be called. Obviously the one you’re firing doesn’t have it on and I never saw them with it on either but I think I did see them in the bag. Could be wrong.

  85. Charlie O'Connor says:

    Bruh that’s not a carrying handle.

  86. רעי ישר הוכמן says:

    In the IDF the machine guneners that operates the FN MAG (basically the same MG as the M240G) learn to shoot from the hip while standing or crouching and the idf has an entire technique to shoot with a machine gun from the hip.

  87. Niai691 says:

    m240G better known to us brits as gpmg

  88. Steven Terry says:

    Congratulations Ian, you're a certified badass!

  89. SPQR says:

    how is this gun forgotten, this is still in use all over the world

  90. Nathan Garcia says:

    I loved my time on the M240B gun team.

  91. NeedForSpeed2004 says:

    Tiger Woods wants to know your location

  92. Robert Mccutcheon says:

    I guess the marines changed there minds about the no hand guard thing, because when i was working with the marine corp there M240's had hand guards

  93. Be Kind To Birds says:

    In Basic my drill sergeant introduced us to this guy like this: "Privates! This here is the two forty bravo! It is 27 POINT 6 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal! If you walk into a club with one of these you are damn sure going home with someone!"

    I love the 240, great machine gun. It'll put hair on your chest and make your dick bigger.

  94. DaNihilist says:

    I remember in 11b OSUT we would have contests to see who could shoulder a 240b the longest. Good way to build your lats lol

  95. ShortStop says:

    You'd make a really bad machine gunner with bursts like that.

  96. Phobos Anomaly says:

    Despite being a medic I was stuck with the Bravo model for a few weeks when I was attached to infantry for an FTX. This thing is like humping around a bag full of bricks.

  97. Bo Pik says:

    See the British GPMG.

  98. GKJusticar55 says:

    God the sound is so sexy.

  99. You'reInAComa says:

    I know in a few circles they grab the bipod like some did with the MG42 for hip and shoulder fire. Can empathise as to that thing's weight and difficulty in shouldering.

    And for those who may come across this weapon in the future where experienced instruction/guidance is lacking; Pay attention to where ian has his forward hand when shoulder firing. you do not want to obstruct the ejection port at the bottom just behind where Ian's forward hand is. Also heard from the diggers and dibby's (Digger is an an enlisted australian soldier, Dibby is An australian nickname for a Boatswain's mate, which is an amalgam of a few rates including Gunner's mate after the mid-90s(roughly)) who taught me about this that you can cut your hand up pretty bad by putting your hand there.

  100. Spicer says:

    Volkswagen should do a promotion, you buy a golf you get a M240 golf

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