It's not at my house yet, but at last it's at my dealer's business, waiting for the final transfer to me. This is the long-awaited replacement for the Browning 1919A4 medium machine gun that I sold back in September. The Form 3 transfer tp my dealer was an absolute nightmare that took months instead of weeks but it's over with now and the gun is here...all twenty-three pounds of it. I just got back from visiting it. And here it is: My new M60 General Purpose Machine Gun.
Now while I wait for the M60-haters to pile on, let me say that I will miss the Browning, but this is undeniably a step up. Now I have a gun that can be carried and operated by one man and his dog instead of requiring a crew like the Browning did. No more lugging tripods--this one has a bipod and can even be shoulder-fired or hip-fired. And it's a ton lighter. Also, once it's in my hands, I plan to send it out to the nice folks at US Ordnance for an upgrade to the current M60E4/MK43 specification, thus curing most of the design problems that these older guns have.
New Dog thought it was great fun to pull the 100-round belts of M-60 ammo out of the ammo can a few minutes ago, but when I tried to drape one over him and explain that it'll be his job to carry at least one belt, he bolted out of the gun room and I haven't been able to figure out where he's hiding yet.
Oh well...we've got a few months to try to come to an understanding on this subject. BATFE is currently running about four months to process dealer-to-customer transfers so with any luck, I'll be taking final delivery of this one in April.
But in the meantime, I can still go visit it at my dealer's place any time I like. Yay.
Oh--There's the dog. Just had to look behind the bed in the guest bedroom.
Gotta hide better than that, pal. So...carry the ammo belt for TWO bacon strips?