The M60 Machine Gun

The M60 Machine Gun

by Kevin Dockery, Mark Stacey, Alan Gilliland
     
 

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The US M60 General Purpose Machine Gun, known as "the Pig,?? was developed in the years after World War II from two revolutionary German designs. Adopted in 1957, the M60 came into its own in the jungles, hamlets, and city streets of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. "Humping the Pig?? became common in US military squads, with at least one soldier equipped with…  See more details below

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The US M60 General Purpose Machine Gun, known as "the Pig,?? was developed in the years after World War II from two revolutionary German designs. Adopted in 1957, the M60 came into its own in the jungles, hamlets, and city streets of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. "Humping the Pig?? became common in US military squads, with at least one soldier equipped with an M60 and every squad member carrying ammunition for it. The M60 design transformed infantry tactics as squads took advantage of the immediate volume of fire offered by the design. Although it has now been replaced by the M240 series of weapons in US infantry and mechanized units, the M60 is still in common use with the US armed forces. Meanwhile, its iconic status has been assured by its frequent appearance in many popular films and television shows, from Full Metal Jacket to The A Team. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this is the full story of the M60, the innovative squad base-of-fire weapon that has equipped the US military from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq.

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“The author does a superb job of giving the background, development and use of the M-60 over the years. Incorporating superb photos and some nicely done drawings and artwork, the book gives the reader a complete story of this important weapon. It was a book from which I learned quite a lot and one I can easily recommend to you.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (April 2013)

“Any military or firearms collection strong in equipment history will find this an intriguing history.” —The Midwest Book Review (April 2013)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782003267
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Series:
Weapon , #20
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
13 MB
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Meet the Author

Kevin Dockery, a former soldier in the President's Guard under Presidents Nixon and Ford, spent time as a civilian technical specialist in Iraq and Kuwait during Desert Storm. A skilled gunsmith, armorer, and ordnance technician, he has written a number of books, notably on the Navy SEALs and various firearms. Most recently, he was the writer and historian for the History Channel production of The Complete History of the Navy SEALs. Kevin lives in southeastern Michigan. This is his first book for Osprey.

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