General Dynamics are the current manufacturers of the M2 Browning machine gun for the U.S. military, as well as many other awesome gadgets for the modern warfighter. This year they are showing off a brand new never before seen machine gun chambered in .338 Norma Magnum. Which is pretty awesome, but the question is: why? (Video after the jump)
The main answers they gave us were the standard “new gun” answers: its lighter, smaller, more reliable… the whole nine yards. But why .338 Norma Magnum? According to GD, the machine gun was designed to fill a gap between 7.62 NATO machine guns and .50 BMG machine guns, which in terms of firepower is like jumping straight from a Vespa to an Aventador.
Interesting features include the use of an open bolt design to prevent rounds cooking off in a hot chamber and an ejection / extraction system that is closer to the Snayperskaya Vintovka Dragunova’s brass-punting tendency than the existing M2’s gentle push out the bottom.
Joe Grine actually fired the thing, expect a range report soon.