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MIC Uirapuru


General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) (1977)


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Left side view of the MIC Uirapuru general purpose machine gun on its tripod mounting

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



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1977

Origin
Brazil national flag graphic
Brazil

Classification


General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG)


Mekanika Industria e Comercio Ltda (MIC) - Brazil
Brasil
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.


Overall Length
1,300 mm
51.18 in
Barrel Length
600 mm
23.62 in
Empty Wgt
28.66 lb
13.00 kg
Sights


Iron


Action


Gas Operated; Automatic Fire Only

Gas-Operated
Gas-operated system is featured, typically involving a gas cylinder and rear-driven piston directing energy to the bolt component.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


7.62x51mm NATO

Sample Visuals**


Graphical image of a 7.62x51mm / .308 Winchester rifle cartridge
Rounds / Feed


Various; Metal-Link Belt Fed
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
4,593 ft
(1,400 m | 1,531 yd)
Rate-of-Fire
700
rds/min
Muzzle Velocity
2,788 ft/sec
(850 m/sec)


Uirapuru - Base Production Model Designation


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