The M260 machine gun is a general-purpose machine gun that is made by Mayfield Heavy Industries, the heavy industries division of Rickard Firearms & Defense. It is the first machine gun from the RF&D family since the WWII-era M1944 LMG, and was designed to replace the M240 / FN MAG in countries that used the MAG platform, most notably the United States. Following their success, a coaxial variant, known as the Mk. 54 CMG, was released in 2020 (although its actually based on the Mk. 56 HMG).
- Barrel is 22 inches long.
- Chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge, and is fed via a belt link.
- Designed in 2009, produced since 2014.
- Effective range: 900 meters (with bipod)
- Gas operated
- Rate of fire: 725 RPM
- Weighs about 20 pounds (unloaded), 25 pounds (loaded)
After it lost in the U.S. Military's M240 replacement competition, the design was then sent to other countries that wanted to replace their MAG platform. Countries include:
- Canada: Adopted as the C10A1.
- United Kingdom: Adopted as the L10A1.