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CETME Ameli

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Machine gun

  • ORIGIN
    Spain

  • NICKNAMES
    MG82 (Spanish military designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1974 - 1981

  • DESIGNER
    CETME

  • PRODUCTION
    1982 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Spain - Empresa Nacional Santa Bárbara

  • QUANTITY
    Only several hundred produced.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited size and weight
    Reliability issues
    Expensive

Introduction

The Ameli is a machine gun of Spanish 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

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

TypeMachine gun
Caliber5.56x45mm NATO (or M193)
MagazineBelt fed, 100 or 200 rounds
OperationGas operated, roller delayed blowback
Fire selector0-F
Rate of fire900 rpm
Barrel length400 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 178 mm (or 305 mm) right hand twist
Muzzle velocity875 m/s
StockFixed
Length900 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight5.3 kg empty
SightsIron sights, post front and notch rear, 300 to 1.000 m gradations, 340 mm sight radius
RemarksFixed foldable bipod

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