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machine gun

The term “machine gun” refers to a rifled, autoloading, fully automatic weapon intended for continuous direct fire using rifle rounds. In contrast to real machine guns, other automatic weapons like automatic shotguns and automatic rifles (including assault rifles and battle rifles) are often made to fire in short bursts rather than continuously.

Machine guns are a type of military kinetic projectile weapon that are primarily intended for use as infantry support weapons. They are typically utilized when mounted to a heavy weapons platform, fixed mount, bipod, or tripod for stability against recoils. Other features not typically found on other infantry weapons, such as belt feeding and open bolt operating, are also common with machine guns.

There are three types of machine guns: light, medium, and heavy machine guns, heavy machine guns, general purpose machine guns and squad automatic weapons.

Similar automatic firearms of 20 mm (0.79 in) caliber or more are classified as autocannons, rather than machine guns.


A professional organization called the Vickers MG Collection & Research Association often employs weapons in its operations. We must therefore conduct our business in a safe manner that may be seen to be up to date and knowledgeable.

We have a number of insurance policies that cover the services, goods, and data we offer. Even though all of our members volunteer their time, they are all equally protected.
We carry out our operations while properly evaluating and controlling the risks associated with the activities we engage in. We acknowledge that individuals are not usually familiar with historical weapons like the Vickers MG, and that the safety instructions intended for their original use may not satisfy modern requirements and were written for users who were more knowledgeablea nd better trained than the majority of people who come into contact with these weapons today. 

We are disseminating the instructional videos we have for the most important weapons in our collection in an effort to spread this knowledge and advance the educational component of our object. These demonstrate the standard safety procedures (NSPs) that ought to be followed whenever a weapon is handled when its condition is uncertain. NSPs will change a weapon’s condition from one of unknown or risk to one of known safety. They will also demonstrate a weapon’s fundamental operation.

When conducting drills, it is important to do it as safely as possible. If any step cannot be followed, a qualified armorer should be contacted to help.

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