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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4

Korea, 1953. My neighbor Jim receives familiarization training with the air-cooled Browning M1919A4 light machine gun. A gazillion of these weapons were deployed in World War II. Many were pulled from storage arsenals for use in Korea by the U.S. Army, Marines, and allied combatants. View full size.

Hey, I remember those.

I used them in 1977, as a shallow 19 year old in the Australian Army, fitted to M-113 APCs.

While they were pretty well used by then, they were still in good condition - as military weapons have to be.

Having said that, I was never fond of it. It was prone to stoppages. The barrel heated up way too quickly, I couldn't see the tracer easily during the day and for some ungodly reason, the ammo usually came from old war stocks with cloth belts. They were hot, sharp & heavy but luckily, I didn't have to carry one in the field like the real men before me, who had to shoot for a living.

Much preferred the M-60 when I got to use one - or my all-time favourite, the Browning .50 calibre HBM2.

Just my 2¢ (plus local taxes)

 
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