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. 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 a folding tripod.
Excellent, with 95% plus original matte gray phosphate finish, showing light wear and handling marks overall. Minor scuffs are present on the charging handle and spade grips. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable 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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