FN America recently announced the debut of its newest variant of the MK 48 machine gun, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. The company plans to display the new MK 48 at the upcoming 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). FN developed the machine gun in 6.5 Creedmoor in a response to USSOCOM’s qualifications of the caliber last year.
The prototype FN MK 48 Mod 2 6.5 Creedmoor feature the latest upgrades for FN”s series of light and medium machine guns. It includes an adjustable stock for length of pull and cheek height. Meanwhile, an improved, locking charging handle, double-notched sear and handguard with 3-, 6-, and 9-o’clock positions highlight upgrades. Further, a more robust feed tray latch ensures the feed tray cover locks into place during reloads.
Once development is complete, existing MK 48 Mod 1 models can be configured at the armorer level to the Mod 2 variant or newest caliber with the addition of the upgrade kit and barrel conversion.
The FN MK 48 Mod 0, adopted as a USSOCOM program of record in 2003, derives from FN Herstal’s 7.62x51mm FN MINIMI. It answers the request for a compact and easily-maneuverable machine gun in a heavier caliber. The M249 series also incorporates the improvements developed for the MK 48. These improvements came into service with USSOCOM as the MK 46 5.56x45mm machine gun. Additionally, FN also holds current USSOCOM contracts for the MK 17 7.62-caliber carbine and MK 20 SSR precision rifle.
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