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SS77 GPMG

South African light machine gun. SS - the initials of the two gentlemen who designed the SS77 nl: Colonel Smith and Mr. Soregi. 77: The year in which it was designed and manufactured

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Specifications
aa.Weapon7.62mm SS77 General Purpose Machine Gun
abDescriptionThe SS77 is a General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), firing 7,62 mm x 51 mm ammunition. The SS77 is gasoperated, firing from an open breech, with positive side-locking. The weapon has a quick-release barrel, folding bi-pod and butt. The SS77 is a belt-fed machine gun capable of firing various types of non-disintegrating and disintegrating belts with a wide range of ammunition.
ac.TypeGeneral Purpose Machine Gun
ad.Calibre7.62 mm x 51 NATO (.308in)
ae.Overall LengthOverall 1 170 mm; Butt folded 950 mm;
af.Overall Width 
ag.OverallHeight800mm on bipod
ah.Crew 
ai.Country of OriginSouth Africa
aj.Ammunition7,62 x 51 mm M80
ak.Effective Range (HE)1200 m
al.Muzzle Velocity (HE)840 m/s (2 757 ft/s)
ba.Feed Mechanism100- or 200-round disintegrating link belt, R1M1, M13 or non-disintegrating belt DMI-type links
bbTraverse 
bc.Elevation 
bd.Rate of Fire700 - 900 rounds/min
be.SightsFront: Conical, equipped with Tritium-light; Rear: Leaf, equipped with Tritium-light 200 - 800 m, peep sight 800 - 1 800 m U-shaped notched sight
bf.Muzzle Energy345 mkp
bg.Barrel Length550 mm without flash hider
bh.Weight of Barrel2,56 kg
bi.Rifling4 grooves, RH, 1 turn in 305 mm
bj.OperationAir cooled, gas operated; 3 settings; Position 3 allows no escape of gas for use from vehicles; Breech block lodged into receiver inner wall
bk.Recoil 
bl.Firing Support BaseBipod
bm.Breech 
cj.DesignerDenel Land Systems
ckDesigned1977
cl.ManufacturerDenel Land Systems
cm.Produced1987
cn.Variants 
co.In Service 
cp.Proliferation 
 
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