Developed in the late 1950s, the M60 was designed as a general-purpose machine gun (GPMG), a single weapon to replace as many different .30 caliber machine guns in the Army inventory as possible. The M60 was deployed as the chief infantry machine gun for Vietnam, along with a variety of air, ground, and water vehicle mountings. While other designs started to fill the infantry niche from the 80s onward, the M60 is still a frontline automatic weapon with American and allied armed forces. The barrel is equipped with a fixed blade front sight, elongated bird cage flash hider, and swiveling bipod. The receiver trunnion is fitted with the quick release hardware for the barrel, manufacturer's marks, serial number and folding ladder rear sight. Fitted with a ventilated barrel shroud, ribbed forearm and pistol grip, and a plastic buttstock with a flip-up shoulder rest. Included with the lot is a folding field mount with T&E mechanism, a spare feed tray/ammo box carrier, and two transport cases.
Very fine, with 85% plus original matte black phosphate finish, showing the start of a brown patina on the receiver, rust on the stock hardware, and mid handling marks. Some flaking and wear has occurred on the top cover, and the furniture shows some mild scuffing and dings. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.
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