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BSA X-16
Birmingham Small Arms X-16
Country of origin

Great Britain

Manufacturer(s)

Birmingham Small Arms

Designer(s)

Josef Vesely

Year(s) designed

1957

Production began

1957

Production ended

1958

Weapon type

General purpose machine gun

Caliber

7.62x51mm NATO

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

100-round belt

The X-16 GPMG was a general purpose machine gun designed and manufactured by Birmingham Small Arms.

OverviewEdit

The X-16 was a belt-fed variation of the Bren, designed for the British Army's GPMG trials in 1957. It competed against numerous other machine guns, including the very similar Enfield X-11, the M60, the FN MAG and the AA-52. The FN MAG was eventually adopted and designated the L7A1 GPMG, and thus the X-16 was cancelled and abandoned. Reports suggest the X-16 was very efficient and well-designed.

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