FN Herstal rolled out the latest update to the company’s light machine gun line, the MINIMI Mk 3. Â The company stated the new Mk3 was designed around the feedback received from actual combat troops using the gun in the field. Â Essentially, all updates are focused on improved ergonomics and improved mobility.
While there are undoubtedly small changes under the hood, the most prominent updates are:
- new adjustable buttstock – The buttstock is adjustable for length of pull (five positions) to fit different sized soldiers with and without body armor. Â The stock has anÂ integratedÂ hydraulicÂ buffer to reduce felt recoil. Â Additionally, the stock has an adjustable cheek riser.
- integrated bipod and tri-rail handguard – The forward handguard has three Picatinny rails at the 3-, 6- and 9-o’clock positions. Â The bipod is able to fold out of the way and into the space between the rails without interfering with most accessories. Â The bipod is also adjustable for three heights.
- redesigned cocking handle
- improved feed tray
- optional heat shield
- ability to convert from 7.62×51 to 5.56×45 ammo
According to FN Herstal, existing MINIMI machine guns can be upgraded to Mk 3 specs. Â FN will offer complete or partial upgrades depending on the customer’s need.
The MINIMI Mk3 will be available in two calibers (7.62 and 5.56) and four configurations: standard, para, tactical LB and tactical SB.