Posted July 23, 2018 1:00 pm by Comments

By Chris Eger

John Browning’s classic M2 .50 caliber machine gun has been around for decades but if you have never gone to strip one, you are in for a treat.
As exhibited in the above video by the Marines, there are a host of tricks to keep in mind when clearing and disassembling the big HMG. Designed at the tail end of World War I and first put into production in the interwar period, the M2 has been a staple in Western militaries ever since.
The more things change…a group of Marines pose with a Browning .50 cal. HB M2 machine gun, in the Cape Torokina beach-head area in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, in November 1943 during WWII. Note the two Marines in foreground armed with M1 carbines. (Photo: National Archives)
The design was so successful that the Army recently came across an early model with a three-digit serial number that was still in working condition although it was pushing 90-years of age.
The funny thing about the above video is that it doesn’t show the reassembly process, which can be a little…aggravating at times
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