A fully equipped M60 machine gun weighs a total of 23.15 pounds. This weight combined with the copious amount of ammunition required means the M60 is often a crew-served weapon. An M60 team usually has two or three members.

Developed in 1957, the M60 has been used extensively by the U.S. military in every conflict since 1960. It uses the standard NATO 7.62mm round and has a fire rate of 500 to 600 rounds per minute. In 1994, a phaseout of the M60 was implemented in the U.S. Army's infantry units. It remains in service as a vehicle mounted weapon and with certain special forces units. Foreign armies continue to use the M60.