The XM205 Lightweight Tripod for Heavy Machine Guns is the planned replacement for the current M3 tripod in support of the M2 machine gun and Mk 19 grenade launcher used in the United States armed forces. The soldier will experience less weight burden with the XM205 Lightweight Tripod than with the standard M3 Tripod (50.3 lb (22.8 kg), including the pintle and T&E), and will be able to take advantage of the enhanced tripod’s integrated traverse and elevation mechanism for quicker, more accurate target engagement.
Not only is the XM205 (34 lbs) lighter than the M3 by over 16 lbs (33%), it is stronger and provides a more stable (lower dispersion) firing platform than the M3.
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