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The Browning M2 machine gun is an American-made heavy machine gun chambered for the .50 BMG cartridge. It was designed towards the end of World War I by John Browning and has been in use with the armed forces of America and many other nations ever since; it saw heavy use during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Soviet–Afghan War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan. It is effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles and boats, light fortifications and low-flying aircraft. The M2 machine gun has been in production longer than any other machine gun in history.

Overview[]

The M2 is produced in a variety of different versions tailored to specific roles and mounts. It is most commonly used as a vehicle-mounted weapon, although man-portable versions designed to be fired by a team from a collapsible tripod also exist. By far the most common variant is the M2HB (heavy barrel), which replaced the water-cooled barrel jacket on the original model with a thicker, heavier barrel to help heat dissipation.

Notable Users[]

The Colombian Scorpions had at least one Browning M2HB in the armory that was raided by the LAPD (and the City Hunter). The National Guard unit dispatched to Gunnison, Colorado also had several roof-mounted M2HBs on their Humvees.

Trivia[]

  • The Browning M2 notably featured prominently in at least two deleted scenes from the franchise:

Appearances[]

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