POTD: M2 .50 Caliber Machine Gun Live-Fire

    M2 .50 caliber machine gun

    Photo Of The Day: Some duties in the military may be rather boring, but machine gun training must be on top of the list of how much fun you can have. Here we’re looking at U.S. Marines with the 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, as they conduct a live-fire with the M2 .50 caliber machine gun during Fuji Viper 21.4. The location is the Combined Arms Training Center, Camp Fuji in Japan.

    The M2 is often called “Ma Deuce”. It was designed 103 years ago by┬áJohn M. Browning and it has been in service since 1933.

    During this exercise Marines sharpened critical combined arms skills, ensuring they are ready and capable to execute a wide range of missions anywhere in the world. 2/2 is forward-deployed in the Indo-Pacific under 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division.

    According to Wikipedia, the current M2HB models are manufactured in the U.S. by General Dynamics, Ohio Ordnance Works and U.S. Ordnance.

    Did you ever shoot a “Ma deuce”? How was it?

    These photos are from the U.S. Marine Corps, taken by Lance Cpl. Scott Aubuchon.