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Sources: FM FM Light Cavalry Gunnery. FM Combat Skills of the Soldier. MCWP Army website. Army Cannon Caliber Ammunition Branch website. Army PEO Soldier website. Army Picatinny Arsenal website. Marine Corps website. The M2. This gun may be mounted on ground mounts and most vehicles as an anti-personnel and anti-aircraft weapon.
The gun is capable of single-shot ground version M2 , as well as automatic fire and was used to a very limited degree as a sniper weapon during the Vietnam war. The weapon provides automatic weapon suppressive fire for offensive and defensive purposes. This weapon can be used effectively against personnel, light armored vehicles; low, slow flying aircraft; and small boats.
The M2 machine gun uses the M3 Tripod. By repositioning some of the components, the M2 is capable of alternate feed.
Ammunition can be fed into the weapon from the right or left side of the receiver; however the U. Army uses only left-hand feed. A dual purpose cradle mount that replaces the MK64 mount. Allows for quick and accurate traverse and elevation, further range elevation for the MK 19, recoil attention of the M2 machine gun and capability for range card preparation.
Ground version of the M2HB. See data above. The cycle of functioning is broken down into basic steps: feeding, chambering, locking, firing, unlocking, extracting, ejecting, and cocking. Some of these steps may occur at the same time. Cycle of functioning Feeding. Feeding is the act of placing a cartridge in the receiver, approximately in back of the barrel, ready for chambering. When the bolt is fully forward and the top is closed, the ammunition belt is held in the feedway by the belt-holding pawl.
Ammunition is issued in a disintegrating metallic split-linked belt M2 or M9 links. Click here for more information. M2 ammunition is packaged in a metal box containing linked rounds. Each box of rounds weighs approximately 35 pounds 16 kg. The tripod firing positions are prone, sitting, and standing. They are assumed in the following manner: The prone position is used when firing from the tripod that is set in a low position. It is assumed by lying on the ground directly behind the gun.
The gunner then spreads his legs a comfortable distance apart with his toes turned outward. His right hand lightly grasps the right spade grip with his right thumb in a position to press the trigger. The position of his body can then be adjusted to position his firing eye in alignment with the sights of the weapon.
The M2 machine gun or Browning. Its design is similar to Browning's earlier M Browning machine gun , which was chambered for the. The M2 uses the much larger and much more powerful. It has been referred to as "Ma Deuce",  in reference to its M2 nomenclature. The design has had many specific designations; the official US military designation for the current infantry type is Browning Machine Gun, Cal. It is effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles and boats, light fortifications and low-flying aircraft.