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The FN MAG Machine Gun: M240, L7, and other variants

Chris McNab Johnny Shumate (Illustrator) Alan Gilliland (B.E.V. illustrator)



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Osprey Publishing
01 August 2018
Military history; Afghan War; Military tactics; Weapons & equipment
Series: Weapon
For six decades, the 7.62mm FN MAG has been a dominant general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) in worldwide arsenals. Three qualities have guaranteed this enduring status - reliability, ease of operation, and firepower. Several nations have license-produced the weapon as their standard GPMG, including the British (as the L7) and the Americans (M240), and in total more than 80 nations have adopted the FN MAG. The machine gun has also been modified extensively for vehicular, naval, and aircraft platforms, demonstrating versatility in the air, on sea, and on land.

In this book, Chris McNab charts the technical evolution of this extraordinary weapon, created by Belgian company Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal. From the jungles of South East Asia, to the deserts of the Middle East, and the icy battlefields of the Falklands, this study explores the origins, development, combat use, and legacy of the FN MAG machine gun, a dominant weapon in its field for more than a half-century.
By:   Chris McNab
Illustrated by:   Johnny Shumate (Illustrator), Alan Gilliland (B.E.V. illustrator)
Imprint:   Osprey Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   63
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm,  Spine: 7mm
Weight:   262g
ISBN:   9781472819673
ISBN 10:   1472819675
Series:   Weapon
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   01 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris McNab is an author and editor. To date he has published over 30 books, including many for Osprey. He lives in South Wales. Johnny Shumate works as a freelance illustrator living in Nashville, Tennessee. He began his career in 1987 after graduating from Austin Peay State University. Most of his work is rendered in Adobe Photoshop using a Cintiq monitor. His greatest influences are Angus McBride, Don Troiani, and Edouard Detaille. Born in Malaya in 1949, Alan Gilliland spent 18 years as the graphics editor of the UK's Daily Telegraph, winning 19 awards in that time. He now writes, illustrates, and publishes fiction (, as well as illustrating for a variety of publishers ( He lives in Lincolnshire, UK.

Reviews for The FN MAG Machine Gun: M240, L7, and other variants

Featuring specially commissioned artwork, firsthand accounts and photographs, The FN MAG Machine Gun: M240, L7, and Other Variants by Chris McNab charts the technical evolution of this extraordinary weapon. - American Gunsmith

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