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Subdeacon Joe

.50 Cal. Machine Gun Testing

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=niJ82YCiuYU&feature=youtu.be

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Is a wing mounted 50 cal the same as a tank mounted 50?

 

Tank mounted 50? Or tank mounted .50?

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There are a few external differences, but 95% the same gun.

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No pintle mount needed for the aircraft model, and it's actuated by an electronic solenoid rather than the spade grip and thumb trigger. Other than that, they're pretty much the same.

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They tune them regularly at JB/Lewis-McChord,

 

"Thumpa - thumpa - thumpa .......... "

 

The Sound-of-Freedom :D

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Well - whenever the subject is 50 cal's - I gotta tell a story from my time as an Infantryman in Viet Nam.

 

My mortar platoon (81 mm) was assigned to protect a large fire base in "I" core (northern VN). Also on the fire base

was stationed a "quad 50" - 4 50 caliber machine guns. This was positioned pretty far out on a point - where you might expect

an invasion (or at least probing) from the North VN Army.

 

My mortar pits were centrally located - and we had "brass" walking by all the time. We spent most days cleaning our gear - getting

ready for the next fire mission. Whereas - the quad 50 guys were so "remote" that the brass rarely went out there. They seemed to have lots of free time.

 

Well, as fate would have it - we received incoming mortar rounds from a small hilltop - maybe 2 -3 miles out - but below us by about

500 - 700 feet. I was expecting fire from there and had already plotted out the coordinates. So, I was able to put multiple high explosive rounds on that hill top within 1 -2 minutes. At the same time - the quad 50 boys fired at that same hill top. Well - of the 4 guns - a total of about 10 - 12 rounds were fired - then all 4 guns ceased to fire. I assume - due to dirt, rust , corrosion, etc.

 

A Second Looey was busted to Enlisted man - and several sergeants lost stripes. They spent hours cleaning and drilling and cleaning and drilling for days and days.

 

I was so proud of my men - a few days later - my time was "up" and I became a civilian a week later.

 

Thank you for reading my story and allowing me remenisce a bit.

 

- Boneyard Bill

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When Mom was a WASP and fly'n 51's from NAA(now LAX)she took part in the ground gun tests many times. She said, she thought the plane would shake apart with all 6 of those .50's going off at the same time.

LG

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I just know that an M2 will rock a HUMVEE when it gets going, but not as much as a Mk. 19!

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UB

 

ya got a M2 to go with that manual ?

 

CB :huh:

I don't have any working guns at all. Just replicas. I swear.

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Guest Tennessee Stud, SASS# 43634 Life

Sure wished Ruger would make a 10/50 plinker.

 

ts

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Aicraft guns are always re-worked to be as light as can be. The M1917 was lightened to use on the navy Dauntlesses. The Marines liked the idea of a lightweight increased rof .30 cal and thuis was born the Stinger.

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Where's the dooling smiley when you need it. Man that was cool.

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