New Israeli Machine Gun — The NG7

A number of bloggers have picked this up — including my esteemed colleague at Soldier Systems Daily — but I just couldn’t ignore it. Israel Weapon Industries recently unveiled its new NG7, a 7.62mm version of the venerable Negev 5.56mm light machine gun.

I had a chance to fire a couple of belts through the standard Negev a few years back and I found it just as nice (or better) to shoot as the M249s FN makes for the U.S. military. The NG7 fires 850-1,050 rounds per minute on gas regulator position one and 950-1150 rpm on position two.

Like the standard Negev, it also has a semiautomatic setting for engaging point targets. It has Picatinny rails for mounting optics and Tritium sights for low-light conditions.

IWI developed the NG7 for the Israel Defense Force. It provides maneuvering infantry with an assault gun chambered for the potent 7.62mm NATO round similar to FN’s MK48 LMG in use with special operations units and Army infantry units in Afghanistan.

The NG7 comes in two versions. The standard features a 20-inch barrel and weighs 16.75 pounds. The SF version comes with a 16.5-inch barrel and weighs a few ounces less. Both models have collapsible buttstocks with an adjustable cheek rest.

And of course, it’s on YouTube. Check it out:

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Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998 and is an associate editor for 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.

14 Comments on "New Israeli Machine Gun — The NG7"

  1. | March 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply

    all i want for xmas…

  2. Nothing says happiness like a belt feed automatic weapon

  3. Looks nice for a shoot but like the SEALs I prefer a heavier MG like the M-60E3 compared to this yeah weight sucks till you shoot a potent cartridge like 7.62X51 NATO then it kills recoil and balances better. For many situations a M-240 or M-60 is still better than a SAW or MK48.

    But compared to a SAW this is a world better.

  4. you forgot ammo

  5. Damn nice weapon!!! What else can you say.

  6. looks like a good weapon lots more firepower than the BAR. weight is good but i don't want to hump it through the jungle. …. yea granted it has larger rounds than the SAW but … Are we talking 300-500 yards of 50-100yds …. in today's conflicts only the politicians will tell you there are all around weapons. We still use m-14s, .45 cal, bolt actions and what ever it takes to get the job done. Personally i rather have a .45 cal side arm and a 12 gauge for close support, and a .45 auto. i have wondered why for inclose support the service doesn't come out with a .45 cal auto rifle, Whats wrong with the Uzzi. I think its second only to the Ak-47.

  7. A gun like that, not sure what else you can take off to reduce weight. Look' silkier than a greased eel and probably hits like a **** ton of bricks in 7.62. Bigger better badder, though and upgrade like this has a bit of foreshadowing given the state of that part of the world…

  8. 1.) 7.62 = stand off range from 5.56mm AK series and able to take out RPG at greater distances with more stopping power.

    2.) Isrealis have solved the recoil problem on full auto with this new MG.

    3.) Semi Auto for accurate suppressive fire under urban and mountainous terrain.

    4.) "Hello SoCom procurement ? How fast can we obtain these new Negev's ?

  9. Very, very nice…I feel aroused…

  10. robert someo | March 15, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply

    good weapon for jungle warfare and manourver kick you can aim easily and get your taget

  11. should work exceptionally against their rock throwing enemies.

  12. Johnny Quest | March 16, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply


    ROF is too high in this weapon. The 240, too heavy. 240L, still heavy and too expensive. I have been told the MK48, like the HK21 series, beats you and itself to death. US Ord has made the 60 what it always should have been.

  13. Looks like the Ultimax. I like it, looks lite, and plenty of rounds.

  14. Hey mom .look a new toy

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