The MAG 58 machine gun is a gas operated, air cooled, belt fed machine gun and is provided with multiple spare barrels to enable greater rates of fire. It can be configured in a number of ways and is capable of being carried, or fitted to a vehicle or aircraft for use in a wide range of roles and is capable of effective employment beyond 1000m.
|Calibre||7.62 x 51mm NATO|
|Weight||12+ kg (depending on configuration and ancillaries)|
|Rate of fire||650-1000 rounds per minute|
Currently, within the NZDF it is used as: a portable light machine gun, a co-axial machine gun for the NZLAV, a flexible mounted machine gun on various vehicles, a sustained fire machine gun (when used with the tripod), and a helicopter 'door-gun'.
To meet mission requirements it can be fitted with a range of ancillaries such as: optical sights, night vision equipment, blank firing devices, and auxiliary aiming devices.