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The Minimi (short for French: Mini Mitrailleuse; "mini machine gun") is a Belgian 5.56mm light machine gun developed by Fabrique Nationale (FN) in Herstal by Ernest Vervier. First introduced in 1974, it has entered service with the armed forces of more than thirty countries. The weapon is currently manufactured at the FN facility in Herstal and their US subsidiary FN Manufacturing LLC. The Minimi is a light machine gun firing from an open bolt. The weapon is primarily chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO, though a 7.62×51mm NATO variant exists. It is an air-cooled weapon, capable of fully automatic fire only. It can be belt fed or fired from a magazine. The Minimi is configured in several variants: the Standard model as a platoon or squad support weapon, the Para version for paratroopers and the Vehicle model as secondary armament for fighting vehicles.

VariantsEdit

  • M249 PIP
    • Used by USA and USMC
    • Includes Bipod and optional Elcan Scope
    • Versions
      • Elcan Scope with Bipod
      • Iron Sights with Bipod 
  • M249 Mounted
    • Used by USA and USMC
    • Found in bases
  • L110A1
    • 100 Round Belt-fed Box Magazine
    • 5.56x45mm NATO
    • Modifications
      • SUSAT scope
      • Iron Sights
  • L110A1 Mounted
    • ​Used by BAF
    • Found in bases
  • C9A2
    • Used by Canadian Forces
    • Features a 100 belt box magazine and bipod
    • Modifications
      • C79 scope
      • Iron sights
  • C9A2 Mounted
    • Used by Canadian Forces
    • Found on uparmored G-Wagen vehicles and bases
  • Minimi
    • Used by French Forces
    • Modifications
      • J4 Scope
      • EOtech
      • Iron sights
  • Minimi Para
    • Used by French Forces
    • Modifications
      • Iron Sights

See alsoEdit

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