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Browning 50 Caliber Machine Guns

Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1849086575
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The Browning "50-calÂ?? has become the longest serving weapon in the US inventory. The "fiftyÂ?? has been employed in every imaginable role for a machine gun. It is considered such an effective and reliable weapon that few countries ever attempted to develop an equivalent weapon. Even the Japanese created a copy of it during World War II when the US was producing literally thousands every month to use in every theater. This is a history of the development of this famous weapon, its most critical operational use and the variants that have been produced to keep it at the forefront of the action.

Browning 50 Caliber Machine Guns

Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN: 9781849083300
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Osprey's new Weapon series provides a highly-detailed yet affordable overview of the development, use, and impact of small arms throughout history-from the sword to the machine gun. In this volume, Gordon Rottman examines this history of the longest serving weapon in the U.S. military's small arms inventory. Thoroughly researched and illustrated with rare photographs and original artwork by Johnny Shumate, the book takes readers from the origins of the “fifty” on the battlefields of World War I (1914-1918) to its use in the war on terror today. Rottman provides lists of the companies that manufactured the Browning and analyzes the variants that have arisen over the years since it first entered service in 1933. He also provides descriptions and photos of how it was used on aircraft, ships, riverboats, tanks, Humvees, and by ground forces. A cutaway illustration from Alan Gilliland details the parts of the weapon and a final chapter dispels myths told about it.

Browning 30 Caliber Machine Guns

Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472808045
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First adopted in 1917, the rugged and reliable Browning .30-caliber machine gun remained in US service into the Vietnam era, and is still occasionally found in use elsewhere even today. Produced in both water-cooled and air-cooled versions, it has been employed in every imaginable role for a machine gun – antipersonnel, antiaircraft, mounted on aircraft as both defensive and offensive armament, defensive armament aboard vehicles (armored and soft-skin), mounted on watercraft, and others. Employing gripping first-hand testimony and featuring specially commissioned illustrations and detailed photographs, many in color, this lively study of the Browning .30-caliber machine gun reveals the origins, combat history and legacy of this versatile and dependable weapon.

Mg 34 And Mg 42 Machine Guns

Author: Chris McNab
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782003096
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With the MG 34, the German Wehrmacht introduced an entirely new concept in automatic firepower – the general-purpose machine gun (GPMG). In itself the MG 34 was an excellent weapon: an air-cooled, recoil-operated machine gun that could deliver killing firepower at ranges of more than 1,000m. Yet simply by changing its mount and feed mechanism, the operator could radically transform its function. On its standard bipod it was a light machine gun, ideal for infantry assaults; on a tripod it could serve as a sustained-fire medium machine gun. During World War II, the MG 34 was superseded by a new GPMG – the MG 42. More efficient to manufacture and more robust, it had a blistering 1,200rpm rate of fire. Nicknamed 'Hitler's buzzsaw' by Allied troops, it was arguably the finest all-round GPMG ever produced, and alongside the MG 34 it inflicted heavy casualties. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and drawing upon numerous technical manuals and first-hand accounts, this study explores the technological development, varied roles and lasting influence of the revolutionary MG 34 and MG 42 machine guns and their postwar successors.

The M60 Machine Gun

Author: Kevin Dockery
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782003266
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The US M60 General Purpose Machine Gun, known as "the Pig,Â?? was developed in the years after World War II from two revolutionary German designs. Adopted in 1957, the M60 came into its own in the jungles, hamlets, and city streets of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. "Humping the PigÂ?? became common in US military squads, with at least one soldier equipped with an M60 and every squad member carrying ammunition for it. The M60 design transformed infantry tactics as squads took advantage of the immediate volume of fire offered by the design. Although it has now been replaced by the M240 series of weapons in US infantry and mechanized units, the M60 is still in common use with the US armed forces. Meanwhile, its iconic status has been assured by its frequent appearance in many popular films and television shows, from Full Metal Jacket to The A Team. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork, this is the full story of the M60, the innovative squad base-of-fire weapon that has equipped the US military from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts of Iraq.

The Vickers Maxim Machine Gun

Author: Martin Pegler
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 178096384X
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The world's first self-powered machine gun, the Maxim gun became a potent symbol of Victorian colonialism in the closing years of the 19th century. It was the brainchild of Sir Hiram Maxim, the American-born firearms inventor who founded the company bearing his name with financing from Albert Vickers, who became the company's chairman; Maxim's company was absorbed by Vickers, Sons and Company in 1897. Subsequent variants in British, German and Russian service ? the .303in Vickers (1912), 7.92mm MG 08 (1908) and 7.62mm PM M1910, respectively ? dominated both the Eastern and Western Fronts during World War I and soldiered on into World War II, while the Vickers remained in front-line British service essentially unchanged until 1968. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and written by a noted authority, this is the engaging story of the Maxim and its descendants, the innovative rapid-fire weapons that saw combat with British, German, Russian and other forces in the late Victorian era and throughout the world wars.

Weapons

Author: United States. War Department
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German Machine Guns Of World War I

Author: Stephen Bull
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472815181
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World War I's defining weapon for many, Germany's MG 08 machine gun won a formidable reputation on battlefields from Tannenberg to the Somme. Although it was a lethally effective weapon when used from static positions, the MG 08 was far too heavy to perform a mobile role on the battlefield. As the British and French began to deploy lighter machine guns alongside their heavier weapons, the Germans fielded the Danish Madsen and British Lewis as stopgaps, but chose to adapt the MG 08 into a compromise weapon Â? the MG 08/15 Â? which would play a central role in the revolutionary developments in infantry tactics that characterized the last months of the conflict. In the 1940s, the two weapons were still in service with German forces fighting in a new world war. Drawing upon eyewitness battlefield reports, this absorbing study assesses the technical performance and combat record of these redoubtable and influential German machine guns, and their strengths and limitations in a variety of battlefield roles.

Medium Machine Guns

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 9781230617763
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 48. Chapters: M1919 Browning machine gun, MG 42, M240 machine gun, Rheinmetall MG 3, Vickers machine gun, MG 08, Medium machine gun, PK machine gun, Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun, Schwarzlose MG M.07/12, MG 34, 7,62 ITKK 31 VKT, Breda-SAFAT machine gun, Vickers K machine gun, Fokker-Leimberger, ShKAS machine gun, M73 machine gun, L94A1 chain gun, Besa machine gun, St. Etienne Mle 1907, Vyacheslav Ivanovich Silin, Type 80 machine gun, MAC 1934, SG-43 Goryunov, Slostin machine gun, Parabellum MG14, Darne machine gun, Perino Model 1908, Maxim M/32-33, Skoda M1909 machine gun, GShG-5.45, T24 machine gun, Salvator-Dormus M1893, MG 51, Reibel machine gun, Savin-Narov machine gun, MG 45, ZB-53, Ksp m/42 machine gun, Heckler & Koch HK121, DS-39, Fiat-Revelli Modello 1914, Parabellum MG17, Hua Qing Minigun, MAC 1931, Kucher Model K1, Cugir machine gun, Tank machine gun type 95/98, Ckm wz.32. Excerpt: The M1919 Browning is a .30 caliber medium machine gun that was widely used during the 20th century. It was used as a light infantry, coaxial, mounted, aircraft, and anti-aircraft machine gun by the U.S. and many other countries, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Although it began to be superseded by newer designs in the later half of the century (such as by the M60 machine gun), it remained in use in many North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries and elsewhere for much longer. It is very similar in design to the larger .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Machine Gun, which is also a Browning-designed weapon and is still in NATO service. Many M1919s were rechambered for the new 7.62 x 51 mm NATO round and served into the 1990s, as well as up to the present day in some countries. The United States Navy also converted many to 7.62 mm NATO, and designated them Mk 21 Mod 0; they were commonly used on river craft in...

The Browning Machine Gun Volume 5

Author: Dolf L. Goldsmith
Publisher: Chipotle Publishing
ISBN: 9780982391846
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This is the fifth and final volume of Dolf Goldsmith s Browning Machine Gun series. Volume V: Dolf s Notebook ties it all together with hints and tips for working on Bronwing machine guns, all culled from Dolf s 70 years of experience and experimentation with the weapons in question. And with over 300 pages and nearly 500 illustrations, many customers suggest buying two copies; one for your reading shelf... and one to get dirty with in the workshop. 307 pages, nearly 500 illustrations"