M2HB Browning,12.7 x 99 mm Heavy Machine Gun, Indian Armed Forces
The M2 Machine Gun or Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun is a heavy machine gun designed towards the end of World War I by John Browning. The M2 uses the much larger and much more powerful .50 BMG cartridge.
The Browning M2 is an air-cooled, belt-fed machine gun. The M2 fires from a closed bolt, operated on the short recoil principle. The M2 fires the .50 BMG cartridge, which offers long range, accuracy and immense stopping power.
The M2HB (heavy Barrel) variant of this machine gun is in service with Indian Army. The M2HB (heavy barrel) air-cooled ground gun has a cyclical rate of 450-575 rounds per minute. The gun functions in fully automatic mode.
The .50 Ammunition designated armor piercing was completely perforate 0.875 inches (22.2 mm) of hardened steel armor plate at a distance of 100 yards (91 m) and 0.75 inches (19 mm) at 547 yards (500 m).
ROLES and Deployment
The M2HB .50 Browning Machine gun has been used for various puroposes:
- A medium infantry support weapon
- As an light anti-aircraft (AA) gun in some ships; up to six M2 guns could be mounted on the same turret.
- As an anti-aircraft gun on the ground.
- Primary or secondary weapon on an armored fighting vehicle.
- Primary or secondary weapon on a naval patrol boat.
- Spotting for the primary weapon on some armored fighting vehicles.
- Secondary weapon for anti-boat defence on large naval vessels (corvettes,frigates,destroyers etc)
- Coaxial gun mounting in some tanks.
|Cartridge||.50 BMG (12.7 x 99 mm NATO)|
|Weight with Tripod and T&E||58 kg|
|Length Overall||1654 mm|
|Barrel length||1143 mm|
|Rate of fire (cyclic)||400-600 Rounds per min|
|Effective range||1800 m|
|Maximum Firing Range||6800 m|
|Muzzle velocity||890 m/s|
Check out this video of firing of M2HB Browning,12.7 x 99 mm Heavy Machine Gun