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M2 Machine Gun

The M2 machine gun was designed in the 1920s by John Browning. It is a testament to the strength of that design that the same weapon is still in widespread throughout the modern US military.

The M2 fires the devastating .50 BMG round out to an effective range of over a mile. The weapon can take on soft-skinned vehicles and light armour. It can punch through concrete walls and chew up a forest. Such firepower and reach makes it a favorite among Special Operations Forces (SOF) who need to be able to hit hard and fast. The weapon can be mounted on a vehicle, boat or aircraft or mounted on a tripod.

M2 HB Specifications

weight: 83.78 lbs
length: 65 inches
barrel length: 45 inches
rate of fire : 450-575 rpm
muzzle velocity : 2,910 feet per second
effective range : up to 1800 meters
caliber : .50 BMG
magazine : belt-fed

M2 HB- Images and Further Info

M2 HB Machine Gun
M2HB heavy machine gun mounted on a tripod.
US DoD Photo


swcc m2 nsw rhib
A SWCC sailor mans a M2 mounted on a NSW RHIB.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robyn Gerstenslager


special forces soldier fires m2 machine gun
A US Army Special Forces soldier fires a M2 mounted atop a GMV.
Photo by Sgt. Daniel Love, 7th SFG(A) PAO


m2 machine gun on helicopter
A USAF Chief Master Sergeant mans a .50 cal machine gun mounted on the rear ramp of a MH-53j Pavelow III helicopter. The variant used on USAF helicopters are designated GAU-18/A (earlier models) and GAU-21/A (later models). These guns have lighter barrels than the standard M2 and can be configured with left or right-hand feed systems, depending on which side of the helicopter they are mounted. Note the elephant-trunk-like tube fitted over the weapon's ejector port in order to funnel spent casings out of the aircraft.
US DoD photo by SSGT GREG L. DAVIS, USAF

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