Browning M2 P.O.S???

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by beastmode986, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    I was not sure where to put this but, is the browning m2 a piece of s***?
    I saw a couple videos of them firing on YouTube and it seemed like it would do a burst of 5-30rds, jam, burst, charge weapon, charge again, burst, jam etc.
    Is this thing just dirty/poorly maintained or do they just jam alot?
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have never fired one. But I would like to.
     

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  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    not set up correctly. sounds like whomever put it together is either missing the correct tools or doesnt know how to use them or combination of both.

    the m2 50cal is extremely reliable as most of the ones in current inventory have been serving since ww2...
     
  4. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    I agree, there is nothing J.M Browning that is unreliable, that's a fact!
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    one other thing it coulda been setup by redjacket. would explain why its not running right heh
     
  6. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Nah, the M2 works great.

    There are plenty of people who don't know how to work on Browning machine guns, though.

    From experience, it's one heavy mother to carry up to the main deck from the armory. When it's the only thing you're carrying, it isn't that bad. The ammo cans aren't what I'd call lightweight, either. Still, 20MM and 25MM ammo cans are worse. Somehow I was always picked for those details. My Chief explained to me that it had something to do with the direction that the brown stuff flows on a hill and my position on that nasty piece of real estate.
     
  7. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    Heck no it's not crap. But if the head space and timing is not set up right or you do not have enough CLP . It will not run right .
    Next to the 1911 it's the best firearm out there.
     
  8. c3shooter

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  9. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    Not trying to steal your thunder but. I have carried two M2 at the same time with barrels.
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    you must be a man-beast!!!!

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  11. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    One M2 with an ammo can was more than enough for me to carry. I'm only 5'10" and 175.

    We had guys who could carry two M2's, but I'm not one of those guys.

    Carrying two M2's up a ladder would be like carrying a small guy up a ladder.

    Carrying a "casualty" in firefighting gear, your "buddy" usually, up a ladder was damn hard. Thankfully, we weren't subjected to that very often. Buddy is only half a word.
     
  12. SSGSF

    SSGSF New Member

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    No I was never that big but almost.
    I was just a strong old country boy that went to the gym after PT to work out some more.
     
  13. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Out of curiosity, why would you carry a M2 receiver without the barrel or separate the barrel from the receiver if you weren't cleaning it or exchanging the barrel?
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    the barrels weigh around 24 pounds the reciever sans barrel come in about 60 pounds and the tripod with TE around another 60 pounds or so

    three soldiers can carry it short distances with it on the tripod if needed. but its broken down when carried on foot.

    no one carries a m2 any real distance fully assembled...

    takes two for the reciever two for the tripod one for barrel and some ammo and another for the remainder of the ammo.

    even so its not an easy task by any stretch. its why we dont really use it anymore in a non-vehicle role
     
  15. SSGSF

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    Some of the guys would carry them separate from the arms room to the trucks and make several trips. Me I would screw in the barrel and make one trip.
     
  16. kbd512

    kbd512 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I was in the Navy, so this may be a dumb question, but did anyone ever think about putting it on a hand cart for use in the field? A wheelbarrow sure beats hand carrying sacks of concrete. It may not work over really steep hills or mountains, but there's gotta be a simple solution to that problem.

    The only reason we carried M2's and ammo cans by hand was obstacles like watertight doors and hatches.

    The Navy uses hand carts to carry bombs. I realize the deck, even with non-skid, is a lot smoother than general terrain but would it be possible to put a M2 and its ammunition on one or two hand carts?

    If it wasn't something you had to carry on your back, would the infantry ever want .50's with them or would they serve no purpose in the field?
     
  17. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    in ww2 when your facing lots of germans and japanese you wanted something big and effective. wheel barrows and carts dont work in the mud which is what most battlefields consist of. even so the m2 was mainly used in a vehicle role

    the russians were fond of carts on guns they gave up on that idea by the time hitler was knocking on the gates of moscow.
     
  18. SSGSF

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    So that's what's wrong with you. You where in the Navy. I just giving you a hard time .

    But to answer you question no we never had hand carts or wheelbarrows. You are trained from the min you step off that bus, you will be humping a lot of weight. If it needs to be moved.
     
  19. armsmaster270

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    In my unit we had jeeps and a deuce and a half. The deuce had the only M-2 and all jeeps had a mounted M-60.. Then we got the hummv's and each of those either had a M-2 or the MK-19grenade launcher. and the 249 SAW replaced a bunch of the M-60's
     
  20. seancslaughter

    seancslaughter New Member

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    I love the m2 when properly set up and lube its one of the most effective weapons on the battlefield especially if your using it to keep the ******* on the other side occupied lol. Our unit had 6 m2 and 4 mk19 and they were the game changers when we were hit by a large element