Capco M192 Lightweight Ground Mount Tripod for M249, M240B, and M240E6
The M192 Lightweight Ground Mount Tripod is fielded by the United States armed forces. It was designed by Capco and developed to replace the M122 tripod. At 11.5 lb. (5 kg), the M192 is 6.5 lb. (3 kg) lighter than its predecessor is. Unlike the M122, its rear legs are independently movable and stored in a forward position. Because of this design, there is no need for a locking bar connecting the two legs. Additionally, the M192 Lightweight Ground Mount Tripod features an integrated traversing and elevation (T&E) mechanism. Instead of the M122’s ratcheting screw method of operation and locking traversing bar, the M192 uses a pair of levers, which unlock the gun’s position. The levers are designed to allow the gunner to make “bold adjustments” or “minor adjustments”, depending on how much pressure the gunner uses. Due to its lighter weight and different configuration, it is claimed that machine gun crews can emplace the M192 more quickly than the M122.
The United States Army named the tripod one of 2005’s top ten inventions.