Mendoza RM-2

     Notes: This weapon is obsolete even in Mexican service, but thousands can still be found in reserve armories in that country (usually in poor condition). It is an old magazine-fed model based on the Browning Automatic Rifle, but with a top-mounted magazine. It is prone to overheating since its barrel cannot be changed in the field.  The bipod cannot be readily removed, and the weapon cannot be vehicle-mounted. The RM-2 can be stripped fed, via a removable “bottom” of the magazine. The RM-2 uses a 24-inch barrel, tipped by a rather ineffective muzzle brake. The RM-2 was the last of the Mendoza designs.  It has mostly been replaced by the Ameli, MAG, and HK-21.

     The immediate predecessor of the RM-2 was the M-45.  It’s design was similar to the later RM-2, but it used a slightly longer 24.5-inch barrel, with a better pepperpot-type muzzle brake.  It was considerably heavier than the RM-2.  Preceding both of these was the Mendoza M-1933, which fired the 7mm Mauser cartridge (a round that was considered militarily obsolete even at that time).  It has a 25-inch barrel, and a less substantial muzzle brake.  The M-1933, however, was lighter than most of its contemporaries.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

RM-2

.30-06 Springfield

6.3 kg

20, 32

$2802

M-45

.30-06 Springfield

8.15 kg

20, 32

$2836

M-1933

7mm Mauser

8.39 kg

20

$2354

 

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

RM-2

5

4

2-3-Nil

7

3

8

71

With Bipod

5

4

2-3-Nil

7

2

4

92

M-45

5

4

2-3-Nil

8

3

6

73

With Bipod

5

4

2-3-Nil

8

1

3

95

M-1933

5

4

2-3-Nil

8

3

7

77

With Bipod

5

4

2-3-Nil

8

1

4

100