This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Components of the M60 Machine Gun

Major Components, Sights and Safety with photos
1. Stock assembly Provides a
shoulder support for aiming and firing the M60 machine gun. The stock
assembly has a shoulder rest.
2. Buffer
Absorbs recoil
from the bolt and operating rod assembly at the end of the recoil movement.
3. Bolt assembly Feeds, chambers,
fires, and extracts, using the propellant gases and recoil spring for power.
It houses the firing pin.
4. Operating rod
Transfers power
from propelling gases to the bolt and slide assemblies.
5. Cover, hanger,
and feed assembly
Feeds linked-belt
ammunition. Holds the cartridges in position for stripping, feeding, and
6. Barrel
Houses cartridges
for firing, directs projectiles, supports fixed front sight, and provides
passageway for operating gases. The bipod supports the M60 in the prone
position. The telescopic legs can be adjusted to three different lengths.
7. Trigger
Controls the
firing of the weapon.
8. Forearm
Provides thermal
insulation to protect the gunner’s hands from heat. Has a slotted top to
allow air to circulate around the barrel for cooling purposes.
9. Receiver
Supports all
assembly major components and houses the action of the weapon.
10. Rear sight
Adjustable for
both windage and elevation allowing the gunner to make changes rapidly.
11. Cocking
handle assembly
Pulls the moving
parts rearward. Moves in a guide rail fixed to the right side of the
12. Tripod (M122)
Together with the
tripod, T&E mechanism, and pintle, provides a stable mount and permits a
higher degree of accuracy and control.

Sights. The front sight is attached to
the barrel. The rear sight is mounted on a spring-type dovetail base, and it can
be folded down when the gun is moved.

Safety Lever. The safety lever is on the
left side of the trigger group. It has an “S” and an “F” position. On the “S”
position, the bolt cannot be pulled to the rear or released to go forward.

Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2023 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.

VFW $30,000 Scholarship!
Write an essay on the annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”