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M247 machine gun

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M247 General Purpose Machine Gun
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Production overview


Misriah Armory


Machine gun



  • Portable: 156 centimeters
  • Mounted: 154.5 centimeters


  • Portable: 10.43 kilograms (23 lb)[1]
  • Mounted: 19.28 kilograms (42.5 lb)[1]

Ammunition type:

M118 Full Metal Jacket Armor-Piercing

Feed system:

Unlimited (in-game)


Fully automatic

Rate of fire:

600 rounds per minute

Effective range:

1,100 meters (3,609 feet)[2]

Service history

In service:

Human-Covenant War


The M247 General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), formally known as the Machine Gun, Caliber 7.62 mm, M247, is a machine gun used extensively by the United Nations Space Command Armed Forces. It is a scaled-down version of the more widely utilized M247H Heavy Machine Gun.[3]


The M247 GPMG is chambered for the ubiquitous M118 7.62×51mm FMJ AP cartridge, unlike the M247H, which uses the 12.7mm high velocity cartridge.[3] Being a general-purpose machine gun, the M247 is fed via a belt box on the right sight of the gun and is usually deployed on a tripod. The weapon's mobility allows personnel to quickly establish defensive perimeters or to provide suppressing fire.[4][5]

Although it is usually used as a mobile support weapon, the M247 GPMG is often permanently turret-mounted and bolted to the ground, with a large slab of armor protecting the operator. In this configuration, the weapon is fed by a drum magazine, which is considerably larger than the standard box magazine. The M247 GPMG is also commonly mounted in the troop bays of D77-TC Pelicans, which allows the dropship's crew chief to provide suppressing fire for embarking and disembarking troops; many Pelican-mounted M247s are equipped with an underslung drum magazine to complement the belt feed.[5][6]

The M247 had entered service with the UNSC as early as 2526.[7]


Production notes[edit]

During the production of Halo 2, the M247 was considered for inclusion as a first-person weapon, with a playable version in the files of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[8] Another variant was also concepted and implemented in early builds, sporting a 25mm grenade launcher mounted atop the weapon.[9]



List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), 2011 edition, page 331
  2. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 317
  3. ^ a b Halo: The Essential Visual Guide, page 115
  4. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Outskirts
  5. ^ a b Halo 2, campaign level Metropolis
  6. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Delta Halo
  7. ^ Halo: Oblivion, Chapter 4
  8. ^ YouTube - Lord Zedd, Halo: MCC - Flying The Falcon in Halo 2 And More!
  9. ^ The Art of Halo, page 109