TAG’s New M240 Machine Gun Bag

Tactical Assault Gear has designed an M240  bag to help assistant gunners shoulder a spare barrel and up to 800 rounds of ammo more effectively. TAG officials displayed a prototype at Modern Day Marine 2011 at Quantico Marine Base.

Managing a cumbersome tripod, spare barrel and several hundred rounds of 7.62mm ammo has always been a challenge for AGs. The barrel is usually carried in a separate bag and ammo goes into a pack. TAG’s M240 bag is designed so the AG can carry the barrel and ammo on his back like a pack when on short missions. It can also be attached to the top of a rucksack for longer patrols.

Units from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 75th Ranger Regiment helped with the initial design, said Terrence “Ty” Manns, director of TAG.

When they came to us, they said ‘we want to get the ammo out of the rucksack,’ Manns said.

The bottom compartment of the bag is for ammo storage. It has removable dividers, much like photographers use to separate their gear. It also has a rigid flap to help keep the belted ammo from shifting around. The outside is covered with rows of PALs webbing for attaching personal gear or a hydration bladder.

The top compartment has plenty of room for a spare barrel. It also features a section of Kevlar material that can be used as a ground cloth for a hot barrel. The shoulder straps help to hold the barrel close to the body so it doesn’t flop around, Manns said. The bottom of the bag also features a carrying handle so an AG can grab it quickly and haul it short distances.

TAG is working on a final design for the bag after receiving soldier feedback. That design, which will be ready by November, will allow the AG to separate the barrel and ammo compartments when necessary, Manns said. There will also be a separate bag for the tripod that can be strapped to the outside of the M240 bag.

Right now the M240 bag comes in Multicam, but it will be available in coyote brown and other colors.

 

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Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998 and is an associate editor for Military.com. He traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering infantry units in combat. Matthew was an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.

12 Comments on "TAG’s New M240 Machine Gun Bag"

  1. Don't have an M240 Bravo for use of this bag. Maybe a good bag for photo journalist too.

  2. The old M60 barrel bag was the original take down M16 bag back in the 70's, but without padding or anything other than a grab handle and sling, it's pretty lame in that role. The newer M248 bag is square cut and not much better. But THIS will be the field operators best choice in repurposed gear, especially if you can get it free.

    Now if the new Navy rolling footlocker/duffel bag just came in Multicam, the wannabe operator would be really set for a range day.

  3. I dont know might just be better to put the extra barrels into your back pack and have them close to you in combat.

  4. I hope the production model is made of canvas instead of a synthetic. Otherwise, the first barrel that gets tossed in there that hasn't cooled enough is going to cause a mess.

  5. "It also features a section of Kevlar material that can be used as a ground cloth for a hot barrel."

    That, in reply to "canvas instead of synthetic."

    "I dont know might just be better to put the extra barrels into your back pack and have them close to you in combat."

    Throwing them inside of a pack is poor consistency in training, does not enable ready indexing, and does not accommodate for hot barrels. There's a point where internal organization trumps versatility of load space.

    Not everyone patrols with a pack, or sizable assault pack, either; not to mention, most anything can be connected with fastex buckles to a suitable PALS grid

  6. Hi Martin. The bag will come with an FR roll out liner for the User to lay the barrel on when the weapon is in operation. The liner will roll back into the bag protecting the bag from the hot barrel. The bag also has a reinforced drag handle to allow the operator to move quickly when repositioning. Thanks for you comments and please keep them flowing. The more feedback we can get, the better a design we can give to the Warfighters. Keep Up The Fire! Ty Manns, Director, TAG

  7. when can i get this thing? i want it now

  8. Same here, we could use about 12 of them.

  9. Just wondering, tried to enquire about this bag that would be great for all machine teams, but was told it was a special contract, as read in the article though states working on design from soldiers feedback now only available colors is multicam but soon coyote and would be ready Nov…so whats the deal, a lot of Infantry Units could use this pack I know my Unit would love to have these, what could be done so we all can have one?, this one of the concerns for all machine gun squads is carrying ammo and the gear for that gun team, this pack would help out a lot.

  10. I would like to know how I could get a couple of these bags. Let me know please and thank you

  11. need this bag on the market now. using normal assault packs is not working out. hot barrels don't mix well with it. this is the only bag i have came across that i think would actually be useful and not have any hassle with it.

  12. Nice, but where do you put the tripod and T&E?

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