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US M2 .50 Caliber Heavy Machine Gun

  • World War II
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The US M-2 Heavy Machine Gun was first developed in 1938, based on the need for a high quality heavy machine gun for use by Infantry. In theory, the weapon would be powerful enough to be used against enemy Tanks and even low flying aircraft. The M-2 is one if the longest serving weapons in US Arms inventories. Highly effective, The M-2 uses a jacketed .50 caliber round. The weapon weighs 84-pounds and is 65-inches in length. The M-2 is considered a crew served weapon (requiring 2 crewmen). The weapons minimum effective range is 1,200 meters with a maximum range of 7,500 meters. The weapon was belt feed, with a short Recoil cyclic function. The size of the rounds limited the weapon to around 300 rpm. The land Model involved a tripod with traversing mechanism. The is wad around 30-pounds. The effectiveness and general destructiveness of The M-2 saw it adopted for both Armor and Aircraft use. The weapon saw used extensively since World War II and in every successive War with American involvement. It is still used within The US (and other Countries).