M2 M2HB Browning 50 caliber Machine Gun
The Browning M2 .50 caliber (12.7mm) Machine Gun, is a World War II era automatic, belt-fed, recoil operated, air-cooled, crew-operated machine gun. It is currently fielded by 20 different militaries around the world.
The M2HB machine gun is used to engage dismounted infantry, crew-served weapons, ATGM teams, light-armor vehicles, and aircraft. The M2 fires from the closed-bolt position and is belt fed, recoil operated, air cooled, and crew operated. The gun is capable of single shot and automatic fire. The AN/TVS-5 night-vision sight can be used with the M2 machine gun.
.50 Cal Machine Gun Range
The preferred combat ammunition mix for the M2 HB machine gun is four (API-M8) and one (API-T-M20). Maximum effective range is 1,830 meters.
- M2 Machine Gun Builder: Saco Defense
Numerous manufacturers originally produced the M2 Heavy Machine Gun.
- M2 Length: 61.42 inches (156 centimeters)
- Weight Gun: 84 pounds (38 kilograms)
- M3 Tripod (Complete): 44 pounds (19.98 kilograms)
- Total: 128 pounds (58 kilograms)
- Bore diameter: .50 inches (12.7mm)
- M2 Maximum effective range: 2000 meters with tripod mount
- M2 Maximum range: 4.22 miles (6.8 kilometers)
- M2 Maximum effective range: is 1,830 meters
- Cyclic rate of fire: 550 rounds per minute
- Unit Replacement Cost: $14,002
The .50-caliber machine gun fires cartridges 6 inches long and a half-inch in diameter. The .50 caliber ammo is belt fed using disintegrating metal links. Link to .50 caliber ammo types.
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|M2HB CALIBER .50 MACHINE GUN AMMO CHART |
|M2 Ball||In marksmanship training against personnel and light, materiel targets.|
|M1 Tracer||To aid in observing fire. Secondary purposes are for incendiary effect and signaling.|
|M2 Armor-piercing||Against armored aircraft, light-armor vehicles, concrete shelters, and other bullet-resisting targets.|
|M1 Incendiary||Incendiary effect, especially against aircraft.|
|M8 Armor-piercing||Combined armor-piercing and incendiary effect.|
|M20 Armor-piercing||Combined armor-piercing and incendiary effect, with the additional tracer feature.|
|M903 SLAP||Saboted, light-armor penetrating.|
|M962 SLAP||Saboted, light-armor penetrating, with tracer.|
|M1 Blank||For simulated fire (contains no bullet).|
|M2 Dummy||For training (completely inert).|
The official technical manual for the M2 machine gun is the TM 9-1005-213-10