A soldier with the Machine Gun Platoon, 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment
(2 PARA), lays down suppressive fire with a General Purpose Machine Gun
(GPMG) during an operation in Afghanistan, 2008. The Machine Gun Platoon is an element of a Parachute Regiment battalion Support Company, along with a Mortar Platoon and Anti-Tank Platoon. The Machine Gun Platoon provides battalion-level fire support from GPMGs and Heavy Machine Guns
When configured for sustained fire role (SF), the GPMG is mounted on a tripod, with buttstock removed and an aiming post and C2 sight added. In this mode of fire a 2-man Machine Gun Platoon team can put down fire at a rate of 200 rounds per minute out to a maximum range of 1,800 meters.
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