The M-2 (50-caliber) machine gun was designed in the epilogue of World War One in the United States. It's a heavy-duty machine gun that uses 50 caliber cartridges. (M-2 heavy machine gun mounted on the ramp of a German helicopter: Wikipedia)(A soldier firing m-2 machine gun)(M-2 on ground tripod stand: Wikipedia)
These cartridges were developed apace with the M-2 and were named after it. The United States has extensively used the Browning 50-caliber machine gun from the 1930s to the present. Its primary platform being aircraft and infantry vehicles. The m-2 was the favorite weapon for soldiers during the Korean War, the Vietnam War among others.
M-60 is a general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) adopted in 1957 to serve the US army. Its feed system resembles one on the MG-42, while the operating mechanism is similar to that used in the FG-42. (M-60 machine gun mounted on a vehicle: Wikipedia)(An officer inspecting and cleaning the M-60: Wikipedia)
It's a gas-operated, air-cooled, belt-fed 7.62-millimeter machine gun that is operated by a crew of three. Meaning, three soldiers would transport, load, and fire it, but a single soldier could still handle it. It replaced both the M-1918 Browning Automatic Rifle and the M-1919 Browning machine gun soon after entering service in 1957. It's thought to be the best GPMG of the Cold War era.
John Browning is a legendary name in gun designs. He designed the legendary M-1911 and also the infamous water-cooled M-1917. The M-1917 was a 30 caliber heavy machine gun seen as an improvement of Maxim and Vickers's designs that dominated World War One. (M-1919 with a loaded bullet belt: Pinterest)(M-1919 heavy machine gun: Pinterest)
Mr. Browning didn't stop there. He improved his initial design of the M-1919 Browning, an air-cooled machine gun too. The M-1919 is a recoil-operated weapon with a rate of fire between 100 to 600 bullets per minute with a worthwhile range of 1,400 meters. The development of GPMGs in the Cold War relegated the M-1919 to secondary roles, but troops still use this 30 caliber weapon today. Remember to follow this channel for more great content. Like, share, and remark on the machine guns in the comments below.
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