Military Defense News: The Ma Deuce is Getting a Facelift

Posted: April 29, 2016 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

The Tactical Hermit

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The Army is developing a .50-cal that’s over 25 pounds lighter than its iconic predecessor, and just as powerful.

Like most of us, the U.S. Army is trying to shed weight before the summer hits, with plans to unveil a new lightweight .50-caliber machine gun within the next few months. Although it will likely take another year to move beyond the prototype stage and into production, the weapon’s engineers are already lauding its versatility and lean muscle.

These developments spell big changes for the M2 .50-cal model, which has the longest active service record of any weapon in the U.S. Army arsenal. The M2 and its successor, the M2A1 — a more reliable and durable model than the original —  have been used on American tanks, ships, helicopters, and Humvees since the .50-cal debuted in 1933. That’s 83 years, six wars, and a whole lot of lead put downrange.

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