Also known as “The Fifty” or “Ma Deuce”, this gun has been used more than any other machine gun. It is a .50 caliber and shoots 500 rounds per minute with accuracy at more than a mile. This gun was designed by John Browning in 1918. It was classified as a “heavy machine gun”. Production began in 1921. Its design allowed a single receiver to be turned into seven different variants by adding jackets, barrels or other components. About 94 years after its production, the 324th one made was found in an Army depot. It had never been overhauled, yet still shot perfectly.
The design is simple and the parts are quite durable and it has a wide variety of applications.
The M2 machine gun has been produced longer than any other machine gun. In fact, the M2 has been in use longer than any other firearm in U.S. inventory except the .45 ACP M1911 pistol, also designed by John Browning. The M2 has been used extensively as a vehicle weapon and for aircraft armament by the United States since the 1930s. It was used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan.
The current M2HB is being manufactured in the U.S. by General Dynamics and U.S. Ordnance for use by the U.S. government, and for allies through Foreign Military Sales.