The Littlest Browning 1917 Gun Crew

Handheld fully automatic weapons require skill and strength to use effectively. Although a skilled and strong shooter can control even legendarily “uncontrollable” weapons like the AR-10 safely, many less-experienced smaller shooters, such as kids, have trouble safely controlling even “controllable” weapons like submachine guns. Unfortunately, this combination can sometimes have disastrous results.

The solution to introducing young ones to the wide world of full auto is therefore obvious: The stable, tripod-mounted rifle-caliber belt-fed machine gun:

I don’t think full auto weapons are for everyone, certainly not all children and it’s definitely true that any youngster put behind the trigger of even a Browning should already be a seasoned shooter of less capable weapons, but in the context of “my first machine gun experience”, the tripod-mounted machine gun is an excellent choice, not only for children but for anyone new to the world of full auto.

H/T Hognose of

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • John

    Excellent! Well done indeed, guys!

    It’s so true!

  • claymore

    LOL the last little guy firing at the end came VERY close to getting a nice and HOT ejected case right up his shorts. That would have smarted just a bit.

    • Patrick M.

      that is a mistake you only make once

  • Drew Coleman

    Gah what idiot let them onto a gun range without close toed shoes?

  • TJbrena


    • noob

      if you think your kids don’t listen to you now, wait until after they get tinnitus from crewing a M777.

  • Wolfgar

    You don’t see that every day, What I wouldn’t have given to look at let alone shoot a belt fed as a kid. Great job Dad, you have done well! Now I feel like I have been a negligent parent.:)

  • milesfortis

    Rock on little guys, rock on!

  • joeyskylynx

    The thudthudthud of that gun. God damn.

  • Broz

    Shades of ‘Manila John’ Basilone!!!