USMC in Vietnam - M60 Gunner and Equipment


M-60 Machine Gunner

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The M-60 was operated by a team of two, gunner and assistant gunner, while other members of the section were assigned as ammo-carriers. The gunner had to 'hump' the 24-lb weapon while the assistant-gunner carried about 33-lbs of accessories, including a spare barrel. Each man also had to carry his own personal load as well.

This machine gunner is equipped for a mobile operation. Quite often the gunner would have a 50-round 'teaser' belt loaded into the feed-tray and an additional 200-rounds of belted ammunition slung across his chest.

He is wearing an M1 helmet with an older pattern (WWII / Korea) camouflage cover; leaf-pattern utilities with an OD under shirt; M55 flak-jacket; M41 pack and M61 belt with attached gear including a leather holster for his M1911A1 personal side-arm. A K-Bar knife is fitted behind the holster and was issued to machine gunners in lieu of a bayonet. Slung over his right shoulder is an assault pack containing 100-rounds.

The assault pack was issued in a cardboard box and carried in a cloth bandolier or in an ammo can (2 assault packs per can). Ammunition was usually loaded with one round of tracer to every four rounds of ball.

Stuck in the helmet camouflage band is a toothbrush and  LSA (lubricant, small arms) container, both were essential items of maintenance equipment used in keeping the weapon clean.


M-60 Accessories

(a) M-60 Tools;
Combination Wrench, Handle, Ruptured Cartridge Extractor, Asbestos Glove

(b) M-60 Tools;
Receiver Brush, Chamber Brush, Bore Brush, Cleaning Rod

 

(c) M-60 assault pack;
100 rounds of 7.62mm belted ammunition

 

(d) M-60 spare barrel and accessories case

 

 

M-60 Cutaway


USMC M41 and M61 Kit Patterns

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