5 Responses to .50 Caliber Machine Gun Training: “How Does This Thing Work?”

  1. Heavy Machine guns are not "sight" weapons, they are "hit and watch" weapons, you look beyond the sights and traverse to your target with the trigger engaged, remember in the real world your target will likely be moving. Be careful over there ladies and gentlemen!

  2. Firing the .50 cal. M-2 was probably the best time of my military experiences. Put the .50 on an anti-aircraft (old school) ground mount and shoot at aerial targets, the most fun you can have in a vertical position. Walking rounds to the target was fun, leading the aerial target was fun. I would love to experience some of those days again. USMC 1962-1967.

    Semper Fidelis

  3. Apparently the Army doesn't use the "six-to-eight round burst" mnemonic to teach the appropriate method of fire, one of the first things a novice learns in machinegunner's course in the Corps. At the appropriate speed it takes about as long to say as it does to fire the appropriate number of rounds down range.

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