The machine gun technology has become highly superior and is in the verge of becoming extremely powerful and destructive. Human being is constantly developing new technologies to create dangerous and scary weapons to scare their enemies. Self-defense for many countries have become a high-priority. There are several countries manufacturing highly capable machine guns, some of which are strong enough to even bring down an aircraft. There are several types of machine guns – heavy machine guns, sub-machine guns and light-machine guns. Which of the machine guns are the best and extremely deadly in the world?
Here is a list of 10 most dangerous machine guns in the world some of which can easily destroy a village:
10. Kord Machine Gun, Russia
The Kord-12.7 mm is a heavy machine gun from Russia which is a replacement for the older NSV machine guns. Though, the gun resembles more of a NSV machine gun, the internal mechanism has been extensively reworked, changing from a horizontally pivoting breech block to a rotating bolt design. This weapon has lesser recoil and greater accuracy during continuous firing. The gun has an effective firing range of 2000 m and fires at a rate of 750 rounds per min.
9. Heckler & Koch MG4, Germany
The MG4 is a belt-fed light-machine gun by German company Heckler & Koch. Though, the gun is an adoption of the Belgian FN Minimi there are many new advancements for the gun. The machine gun is light and is able to adapt to adverse conditions using a wide range of ammunition from different manufacturers, without the need to adjust the gas system. It is the replacement for the MG3 general-purpose machine gun. The MG5 is the improvement of MG4. The rotating bolt in MG4 provides a powerful firepower with an effective range of 1,000 m.
8. PK Machine Gun, Russia
The PK machine guns have been part of the Russian Armed Forces for a very long time. These powerful machine guns have been in use as a front-line infantry and vehicle-mounted weapon. The effectiveness and reliability of this general-purpose machine gun has been evident in many wars around the world. The machine gun came into use by the Soviet Union in 1961. This successful machine gun has been built more than 1,000,000 times. Its core design comes from the AKM with additional features like the open bolt design, which improves heat management during automatic firing. The gun can fire 800 rounds per min with an effective range of 1,500 m.
7. M249 light Machine Gun, USA and FN Minimi, Belgium
“Squad Assault Weapon” is the other name of M249. It is an adoption of the Belgian FN Minimi. Hence, all the credit goes to the Belgian FN Minimi. Its production began during the 1970s which came into existence due to the lack of effectiveness and automatic firepower in small numbers. A folding bipod helps this light machine gun to stand powerfully. The weapon provides the infantry squad with heavy volume of fire of a machine gun and accuracy and portability approaching that of a rifle.
The gas operation, air cooling system and feed system of STANAG magazines similar to M16 and M4 makes this machine gun one of the most dangerous in the world. It has often been appreciated for its extreme level of durability and massive firepower. Its usage heavily began during the Gulf War. Later, Iraq War, War in Afghanistan and Syrian Civil War has seen this machine gun in deadly action.
6. IMI Negev, Israel
IMI Negev is an Israeli light machine gun which draws design inspiration from the Belgian FN Minimi. The Negev has many variants which even has an assault model known as Assault Negev. An advanced variant of the Negev is Negev NG7 which has several good reviews for reliability, dependence and performance from IDF fighters. The gas operated Negev can fire at a range of 1,000 rounds per min which gets its ammunition from a 150-round M27 ammunition belt. Negev is truly powerful machine gun to compete and perform under tough combat conditions. The Negev is one of the greatest weapons to have come from Israel which has been inducted in several countries around the world.
5. M2 Browning Machine Gun, USA
M2 Browning is one of oldest and longest-serving machine guns in the world. It has been part of several wars around the world. The successful heavy machine gun by John M. Browning uses a much powerful .50 BMG cartridge. A big list of countries has been the customer of this dangerous machine gun. The gun has a long history of manufacturing which began at the end of World War I. It is effective against small boats, infantry, light vehicles and low flying aircrafts. You can easily create a small fortification with the help of Browning Machine Guns. Some of its variants can fire at a rate of 1,300 rounds per minute. The machine gun uses a belt fed system and has an effective range of 1,800 m. It has been known as one of the evergreen and classic machine guns in history.
4. GAU-19, USA
GAU-19 series are one of the deadliest machine guns in the world. The electrically driven Gatling guns are capable of firing 2,000 rounds per minute. Its manufacture, General Electric says that the weapon has a maximum firing range of 6 km. GAU-19 machine gun with feeder and transfer unit weighs 63 kg. GAU-19/B is one of the most powerful variations of this weapon of destruction. Several countries such as Mexico, Colombia, Japan and Oman have used GAU-19 machine guns. The six-barreled version of the gun is able to fire 4,000 to 8,000 rounds per minute which is incredible. Army vehicles and helicopters of USA use the weapon.
3. M240 Machine Gun, USA
M60 machine gun and FN MAG are the masters to the designing of these highly powerful M240 machine guns and their variations. M60 machine guns are equally powerful and classic in their own sense. Few features lagging in the M60 have been put into place in the M240 machine guns. M240 machine guns have been a successful replacement of M60. The M240 machine guns are belt fed which can easily demolish targets as far as 3 km. This machine gun has a firing rate of 950 rounds per min. They are highly compatible with ground vehicles, watercraft and aircraft. Despite being heavy, these guns are highly reliable and its standardization among NATO members is a major advantage. U.S. Marine Corps, U.S Army and the U.S Air Force use this weapon.
2. Minigun or M134 Machine Gun, USA
This is a monstrous six barrel rotary machine gun by General Electric. Minigun has been one of the most powerful, dangerous and deadly machine guns in the world. The powerful electrically driven rotary breech can fire at an extremely fast rate of 2,000 to 6,000 rounds per minute. It features Gatling-style rotating barrels. Several branches of the U.S. military use this machine gun. Different versions of the gun are in use by various forces of U.S. military. Many countries such as Australia, India, United Kingdom, Israel, Pakistan and South Korea use this deadly weapon. Many sturdy and powerful variants with amazing features are under development making it one of the scariest machine guns in the world.
1. MG 42, Germany
This dangerous World War II machine gun has its origin from Nazi Germany which was able to fire 1,200 rounds per minute on an average. This capability was something incredible during that period of the time. MG 42 was initially designed and used in the year 1942 which was later adopted by the modern-day Germany. This machine gun lent its design to many other successful modern machines guns such as the M60 and Belgian MAG. Many defense organizations around the world have adopted, copied and licensed the MG 42. MG 42 has a proven record of reliability, durability, simplicity, and ease of operation, but is most notable for its ability to produce a high volume of suppressive fire.