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    MIC Uirapuru GPMG General Purpose Machine Gun (1977)

    MIC Uirapuru GPMG General Purpose Machine Gun (1977)

    The MIC Uirapuru general purpose machine gun received a second life of sorts when it was accepted into service with the Brazilian Army

    Picture of MIC Uirapuru GPMG

    Staff Writer (7/27/2010): Originally rejected by the Brazilian Army, the Uirapuru received a second life in 1976 after refinements were imposed. The weapon was an initial design as put together by members of the Brazilian Army's engineering institute with one of the original members later tabbed to continue the development and make several key changes in making the weapon system serviceable by Brazilian Army standards.

    Classified as a general purpose machine gun, the system can be vehicle (including armor in the coaxial role), sea-going vessels or aircraft-mounted as well as part of an infantry squad in the support firing role. The Uirapuru fires the 5.56x51mm NATO standard cartridge from a belt fed ammunition system of varying lengths. The barrel offers a quick change system and a flash suppressor as well as a handy bipod and wooden butt for supportive fire. An optional tripod is also available for the sustained fire role as is an awkwardly-angled carrying handle for increased portability.

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    Technical Specifications:
    MIC Uirapuru GPMG
    General Purpose Machine Gun

    Country of Origin: Brazil
    Manufacturer: Mekanika Industria e Comercio Ltda (MIC) - Brazil
    Initial Year of Service: 1977

    Overall Length: 1300 mm (51.18 in)
    Barrel Length: 600.00 mm (23.62 in)
    Weight (Empty): 28.66 lb (13.00 kg)

    Caliber*: 7.62x51mm NATO
    Action: Gas Operated; Automatic Fire Only
    Feed: Various; Metal-Link Belt Fed
    Muzzle Velocity: 2,788 ft/sec (850 m/sec)
    Rate-of-Fire: 700 rounds per minute
    Range: 4,593 ft (1,400 m; 1,531 yds)
    Sights: Iron

    * Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.

    Uirapuru - Base Production Model Designation