Special Operations Command getting new MGs

The SOC recently ordered some of the new M60E4 “Commando” 7.62 machine guns, improved and lighter than other M60s. Now they’re getting a newer, lighter version of the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, as well, the Mk46 MOD0.

The Special Forces seem to be pretty unimpressed by the procurement process of the rest of the Army and are just going their own way with small arms. Don’t be surprised if many SOC choices end up in the regular Army if programs like the OICW (including the XM8) continue to stay bogged down. The Special Forces will have new weapons in the field and they’ll show what they can do. The rest of the Army will see it, they’ll get jealous, and soon fires will be lit under some seats.


  1. The M60E4 bought are not headed for USSOCOM operators. A quick peak at TACOM contract W52H09-05-C-0229 reveals that these are earmarked for Columbian Marines. In other words, it is FMS: Foreign Military Sales. https://aais.ria.army.mil/aais/award_web_05/W52H0905C0229/000000.pdf