Developed at the end of the 19th Century, Beltfed Machine Guns were the original automatic weapons and continue to be the image of machine guns today. The designs endured well into the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Today the Browning design is still the standard for recoil operated large rifle caliber automatic weapons while Maximís design in Vickers form was utilized by British Commonwealth countries into the 1970s.
Original tactics for Machine Guns called for volley fire to secure large areas of the battlefield. Firing thousands of rounds of ammunition required water cooling to dissipate heat. Changes in battlefield strategies and improvement in materials led to the air cooled Beltfed Machine Guns that we know today.
This page is arranged by country of origin of the military Beltfed Machine Guns. Navigate the Price Charts by clicking the thumbnail image or highlighted title for full-screen charts and use the arrow icons to move within chart groups.
Significant price differences exist in M60s depending if they have been upgraded to E4 or E6 configuration or are originally manufactured by Maremont. See the ĎM60 Compí chart for more detail.