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Ameli

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Spain

  • NICKNAMES
    MG82 (Spanish military designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1974 - 1981

  • DESIGNER
    CETME

  • PRODUCTION
    1982 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Spain - CETME

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited size and weight
    Expensive

Introduction

The Ameli is a machine gun of Spanis origin. It was developed in the 1970's and adopted in the early 1980's. Ameli is short for Ametralladora ligera, which is Spanish for light machine gun.

Design

The Ameli looks like the MG3 from the outside, but is very different internally. It uses the roller delayed blowback mechanism that is also employed in the Model 58 and Model L rifles. Belt boxes can be attached to the weapon and feature a translucent rear cover to indicate the remaining amount of ammunition.

Firepower

The Ameli fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round from 100 or 200 round disintegrating link belts. The only setting is fully automatic fire at 900 rpm.

Users

The Ameli is the standard light machine gun of the Spanish military. It has been exported to Mexico and saw some other limited sales.

Variants

Ameli

Ameli

The Ameli is a light machine gun that fires the 5.56x45mm round from linked belts. The Ameli uses the roller locked delayed blowback system that is also used in the Model 58 and G3 battle rifles.

Statistics

Name: Ameli
Caliber 5.56x45mm NATO (or M193)
Magazine Belt fed, 100 or 200 rounds
Operation Gas operated, roller delayed blowback
Rate of fire 900 rpm
Barrel length 400 mm
Rifling 6 grooves, 178 mm (or 305 mm) right hand twist
Muzzle velocity 875 m/s
Weight 5.3 kg empty
Stock Fixed
Length 900 mm
Width ?
Height ?
Sights Iron sights, post front and notch rear, 300 to 1.000 m gradations, 340 mm sight radius
Remarks Fixed foldable bipod

Use

 
Malaysia
Mexico
Spain

5.56x45mm NATO

The Ameli fires the 5.56x45mm NATO round.

MG3

The Ameli looks rather similar to the MG3 but is very different internally.