Manufactured by Ramo of Nashville, Tennessee, the M2 Browning Machine Gun is the definitive Western heavy machine gun of the 20th century. A descendant of Browning's 1917 HMG, the development of the M2 was first prompted by the emergence of armored aircraft among German forces in World War I, calling for a greater level of firepower to bring down. Development continued after Browning's passing in 1926, and in 1933 it was adopted by the U.S. armed forces. In service to this day, the air-cooled M2 HB has been used in a wide spectrum of roles on sea, air and land, from as fundamental as an infantry heavy machine gun, as rarified as the main armament of top of the line fighter aircraft, to as oddball as being used as a sniper rifle; the famed Carlos Hathcock used a scoped M2 to set a confirmed kill record in Vietnam that wouldn't be beaten until the War on Terror, and still holds a spot on the top 10 as of this writing. Hooded blade front and folding ladder peep sights, with the six-line Ramo legend and serial number on the right side plate, over the Ramo "elephant head" logo, a short vented barrel shroud, and a heavyweight barrel with swiveling carry handle. The cocking handle and spade grips are both plastic construction, with a sliding safety on the back plate. Included accessories are an extra barrel and three field mounts. The first is a conventional M3 pattern folding tripod with a green painted steel pintle carriage and two ammo box holders. The second is a short, heavy pintle mount, green painted steel and brass construction with detachable legs. The third is a Stevens-marked M3 truck bed pedestal, with two out of three support legs.
Excellent, with 97% of the parkerized finish, showing a brown patina on the barrel shroud, some edge wear and mild handling marks. The accessories are in good to very good condition; the field tripod and short pintle show wear and oxidization appropriate to age and use in the field, while the truck bed pedestal is generally clean. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 478.
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