Machine Guns

Do You Like Machine Guns…Well This Is For You !

I must say, when I was in the United States Army, the best time I ever had, was going to the firing range and sending massive amounts of ammo down-range. There really is nothing in the world like it. That is of course, unless someone is shooting back at you, then that puts a damper on the whole experience. Luckily for these young Marines in the video below, nobody’s shoot back at them. When you fire one of these weapons, you almost experience a slight feeling of invincibility, because you know who ever is at the other end, isn’t going to stick his head up and if he does, he won’t have it for very long.

The video below shows U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted machine gun firing tests with the Browning M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun and M240G Medium Machine Guns at the Central Training Area, Okinawa, Japan. The training was designed to verify the operational effectiveness of the unit’s weapon systems and to improve the unit’s skills operating machine guns.

Here are the two weapons the Marines are using courtesy of Wikipedia:

The M2 Machine Gun or Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun is a heavy machine gun designed toward the end of World War I by John Browning. Its design is similar to Browning’s earlier M1919 Browning machine gun, which was chambered for the .30-06 cartridge. The M2 uses the much larger and much more powerful .50 BMG cartridge, which was developed alongside and takes its name from the gun itself (BMG standing for Browning Machine Gun). It has been referred to as “Ma Deuce”, in reference to its M2 nomenclature.
 
The Browning .50 caliber machine gun has been used extensively as a vehicle weapon and for aircraft armament by the United States from the 1930s to the present. It was heavily used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan in the 2000s and 2010s. It is the primary heavy machine gun of NATO countries, and has been used by many other countries as well. The M2 has been in use longer than any other firearm in U.S. inventory except the .45 ACP M1911 pistol, also designed by John Browning.
 
Here is the second weapon:
 
The M240, officially the Machine Gun, 7.62 mm, M240, is the US military designation for the FN MAG (French: Mitrailleuse d’Appui Général, English: general-purpose machine gun), a family of belt-fed, gas-operated medium machine guns that chamber the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge.
 
The M240 has been used by the United States Armed Forces since the late 1970s. It is used extensively by infantry, most often in rifle companies, as well as on ground vehicles, watercraft and aircraft. Despite being heavier than some comparable weapons, it is highly regarded for reliability and its standardization among NATO members is a major advantage.
 
All variants are fed from disintegrating belts, and are capable of firing most types of 7.62 mm (.308 in) NATO ammunition. M240 variants can be converted to use non-disintegrating belts. There are significant differences in weight and some features among some versions which restrict interchangeability of parts. The M240s used by the US military are currently manufactured by FN America, the American subsidiary of FN Herstal.
 
The M240B and M240G are usually fired from an integrated bipod, a tripod, or a vehicular mount; regarding tripod use, the U.S. Army primarily uses the M192 Lightweight Ground Mount, while the U.S. Marine Corps uses the M122A1 tripod, a slightly updated M2 tripod.

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