50 BMG cut away, into the belly of the beast
I had the opportunity to photograph a pretty rare .50 Browning Machine Gun, it is a factory cut away used as a training tool for armorers of the famed Ma Deuce.
I was not able to get an exact data on this particular M2 training tool but I was told it was from around the 50s and was used as a training tool for many years before it made it’s way into a private collection.
Here is a close up of the driving spring rod
The driving spring rod and barrel buffer assembly
The feed tray, adjustable for right or left hand feeding
Barrel extension group
The backplate assembly, showing the famed butterfly trigger. Note, the selector lever is missing.
Cut away of the muzzle and heat shield of the barrel group
The belt feed slide
Feed tray cover latch
It has been about eighteen years since I have shot a real M2 while I was an active duty Marine but I assure you the M2 Browning Heavy Machine Gun is a fantastic firearm. If the transferable ones were not so expensive, I would have one for my very own.
The M2 Browning Heavy Machine Gun .50 was invented by none other than John Moses Browning around 1917 and was initially tested in 1918. It is basically a scaled up version of the M1919 Browning 30 caliber machine gun. It was around 1933 the design was perfected and pressed into service, and it is still issued today.
The M2 is an air-cooled, belt-fed machine gun. The M2 fires from a closed bolt, operated on the short recoil principle. It fires the .50 BMG cartridge, which offers plenty of long range accuracy and incredible stopping power.