The M2 Machine Gun, or Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun is an air cooled, belt fed heavy machine gun designed towards the end of World War I by John Browning. It was nicknamed Ma Deuce by US troops or simply called "fifty-cal." in reference to its caliber. The design has had many specific designations; the official designation for the current infantry type is Browning Machine Gun, Cal. .50, M2, HB, Flexible. It is effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly-armored vehicles and boats, light fortifications, and low-flying aircraft. The M2 has a maximum range of 7.4 kilometers (4.55 miles) when using the M2 ball ammunition, with a maximum effective range of 1.8 kilometers (1.2 miles) when fired from the M3 tripod
The Browning .50 machine gun has been used extensively as a vehicle weapon and for aircraft armament by the United States from the 1920s to the present day. It was heavily used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as during operations in Iraq in the 1990s and 2000s. It is the primary heavy machine gun of NATO countries, and has been used by many other countries. It is still in use today.
The model is shown on the standard M3 tripod which includes the T&E (Traverse and Elevation) control unit. Thanks to RLgun for the use of his .50 caliber ammunition , to which I added a simple link belt. #50_cal #50_caliber #ammo #ammunition #belt_fed #belt_feed #Browning #fifty_caliber #John_Browning #link_belt #machine_gun #Military #NATO #tripod #US #United_States #World_War_1 #WW1