Recon:M60

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US Weapon
M-60
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Weapon stats:
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Maximum damage; the minimum is always 1 Effective firing range, in pixels (for reference, the game viewing area is 550px wide by 450px tall) Firing rate; the higher, the better Magazine size Reload time, in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second); the less, the better
120 210 6 200 200
Bulk value (1 bulk = about 1 pound) Jam chance, in %. Once a weapon is jammed, it will need to be un-jammed, taking time. Number of clips coming with the weapon (when these run out, you will need to replenish ammunition at an ammo box) Recoil of the weapon, which affects accuracy of consecutive shots; lower is better Gib explosion radius; area of the blast that blows all organic units caught in it to pieces
20 0.8% 2 8 N/A
Unlockable By:
Achieve 1st. Lt. Rank
Achieve 1st Lt. Rank
Strengths:
Very high range, Good fire rate, Enormous magazine (belt) size
Weaknesses:
Extremely heavy
Description:
Belt-fed light machine gun

The M-60 is a belt-fed light machine gun which boasts very high range, decent damage, and a good fire rate, with an enormous belt size to top it all off. So then is this the perfect weapon? That would depend on if you can bear the immense bulk of this weapon (20), which is more than some soldiers' entire bulk value! Soldiers with this weapon do not need particular skills to spec into, but should not be carrying heavy items such as radios, ammo boxes, or even flak jackets.

Real Life

A large and bulky weapon, the M60 was initially affectionately dubbed "The Pig". The M60 was fairly effective on paper, but faced a lot of issues in jungle warfare conditions. The weapon was heavy and long, with many elite units stripping much of the weapon's furniture down to the bare bones. A barrel change was required after every 200 rounds of sustained fire requiring contact with the bare smoking barrel, literally burning gunner teams as assistant gunners later employed asbestos gloves to mitigate the burns. The initial models had notoriously high failure rates with prolonged use, but despite all flaws usage steadily increased among the armed forces. Essentially the US Army's first General Purpose Machine Gun, it's capability to effectively provide infantry units with mobile, high-caliber, fully automatic fire was irresistible. When well maintained or on short recces the weapon proved capable and devastating to the enemy. It saw use as a mounted gun in UH-1 (Huey) helicopters and some ground vehicles. In short, the M60 was a troublesome weapon filling a necessary role, but was eventually phased out in favour of the FN MAG (designated the M240 SAW in the US Military).

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