Browning .50-caliber Machine Guns (Weapon, Volume 4) by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

The Browning "50-cal" has develop into the longest serving weapon within the US stock. The "fifty" has been hired in each that you can imagine function for a laptop gun. it's thought of such a good and trustworthy weapon that few nations ever tried to improve an similar weapon. Even the japanese created a replica of it in the course of global struggle II while the U.S. was once generating actually hundreds of thousands each month to take advantage of in each theater. this can be a background of the advance of this recognized weapon, its most crucial operational use and the editions which have been produced to maintain it on the vanguard of the action.

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Yet tracer fire can have a favorable psychological affect on the troops being supported. In one incident, a US quad-fifty battery tasked with providing suppressive fire in support of an infantry attack planned to remove the tracers. Learning of this intention, the infantry requested that they retain the tracers, as they had such a good effect on morale and would further demoralize the enemy. The antiaircraft troops granted their request, deciding it was worth the risk to give the attacking infantry such a morale boost.

50-cal HB M2 on an M24 pedestal mount. Wooden ammunition crates are placed next to the mount to better stabilize it as it is bolted to a wood platform. ” When used on some postwar mounts and some aircraft guns, the M10 charger was fitted on the receiver’s left side. This charger consisted of a rectangular box with a U-shaped handle attached to a charging cable. As well as the M19 cupola for M85 guns on M60-series tanks, there was also an M1 cupola for M48-series tanks and the M13 fitted on the M59 armored personnel carrier, both for M2HB TT guns.

Flexible M2s, however, were used as the two waist guns and the upward-firing gun in the radio-operator’s compartment, just forward of the waist position and aft of the bomb bay, and sometimes as two cheek guns in the nose compartment. Waist gunners suffered the highest casualty rates among bomber crewmen. Their guns were initially fitted with 200-round ammunition containers, and later, much larger capacity hull-mounted containers were used. To provide a more accurate and manageable weapon, flexible aircraft “fifties” were fitted with E8 gun mount adapter assemblies and the guns fitted with Edgewater recoil adapters in place of the front trunnion adapter.

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