Fact file: Browning M2 12.7mm heavy machine gun

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The M2 12.7mm Browning heavy machine gun was designed towards the end of World War I by the American arms designer, John Browning. It is still in world-wide use today and in South Africa serves with the SA Army as well as SA Navy.

Type:

Large calibre heavy machine gun

Numbers:

Cost:

Associated project names:

Manufacturer:

various

Calibre:

12.7x99mm Browning

Mass:

38.2kg

Magazine capacity:

unlimited, belt-fed, 100-round disintegrating link belts standard.

Length:

1.643m

Barrel length:

1.143m

Muzzle velocity:

890m/s

Rate of fire:

400-500rpm

Effective range:

1400m

Comment:

The M2 first appeared in 1921 and remains in production. It is an excellent support weapon.