Browning M1917

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The Browning 1917 .30 caliber machine gun is the immediate predecessor of the Browning M1919. This weapon saw use from the final days of World War I, throughout the duration of World War II as well as both the Korean and Vietnam wars due in large part to its reliability and usefulness in the sustained fire role (made possible by the water cooling jacket surrounding the barrel).

In 1901, John Moses Browning filed US Patent 678937 for an automatic recoil loader. The construction found little favor with the then US military. The M1917 was basically an evolution of this patent. The Browning M1917 is a water-cooled machine gun. Air-cooled experimental weapons led after the First World War to the lighter M1919, which was built mechanically the same. The Browning MG externally resembles the Maxim machine gun, has like this belt feeder and both are short recoil recoilers of the barrel lock system in the housing. Nevertheless, they are completely different mechanically. The Maxim has a toggle-lock action lock similar to that of the Luger P08, while the Browning MG lock and barrel are locked by a steel block. The Browning M1917 is slightly lighter than the Maxim and just as reliable. The Browning M1918 is a further development Aircraft service.

The M1917A variant is an updated variant, developed in the 1930s. Recognizable by the bottom plate, which had side flanges and a positive locking top cover hinge pin.

In 1930, Poland adopted the Ckm wz.30, a clone of the M1917.

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Specifications

(1917 - ????)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Caliber(s): .30-06 Springfield
  • Weight: 103 lb (47 kg) (gun, tripod, water, and ammunition)
  • Length: 38.5 in (980 mm)
  • Barrel length(s): 24 in (609 mm)
  • Capacity: 250-round fabric belt
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto

The Browning M1917 machine gun can be seen in the following films used by the following actors:


Browning M1917 - .30-06
Browning M1917 mounted on tripod- .30-06

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Big Parade German soldiers 1925
Wings WWI American soldiers 1927
Pardon Us Prison Guards 1931
Bad Man's River (El hombre de Río Malo) Aldo Sambrell Canales acetylene-firing mock-ups 1971
Mexican soldiers
Spoils of War U.S. soldiers archive footage 2009

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The State Border: Film U.S. soldiers archive footage 1986
Mail Call archive footage 2002-2009

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Desperados: Wanted Dead Or Alive "Gatling Gun" Anachronistic 2001
Red Dead Redemption "Browning Gun" Anachronistic 2010

M1917A1

Browning M1917A1 - .30-06. Note the bottom plate.
Browning M1917A1 machine gun with tripod and ammo box - .30-06‎
MG38B, Colt version of the Browning M1917 - .30-06

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Bataan U.S. Soldiers 1943
The Fighting Seabees U.S. Marine 1944
Back to Bataan Philippine guerrilla fighters 1945
Halls of Montezuma Richard Hylton Conroy 1951
The Steel Helmet North Korean Army 1951
The Desert Rats German soldiers standing for Maxim MG08 1953
Godzilla Japanese Defense Forces 1954
Merrill's Marauders the Marauders 1962
Up to His Ears (Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine) Jean-Paul Belmondo Arthur Lempereur 1965
Ursula Andress Alexandrine Pinardel
OSS 117: Mission for a Killer (Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117) Frederick Stafford Hubert Bonnisseur 1965
Nazis and Indians
The Professionals Frederick Stafford Rico anachronstic for 1917 1966
Mexican soldiers
The Wild Bunch Lee Marvin Tector anachronistic for 1913 and 1916 1969
Warren Oates Lyle
Emilio Fernández Mapache
Jorge Rado Ernst
Mexican soldiers
Rum Runners (Boulevard du Rhum) U. S. Coast Guard 1971
Soldier of Orange Dutch soldiers standing for Schwarzlose M. 08/13 1977
1941 Dan Aykroyd Sergeant Tree 1979
U.S. soldiers
The Professional African prison guards 1981
Deal of the Century Seen in the Gundealer's Room 1983
Exterminator 2 Mounted on Eastland's truck 1984
Commando In the hidden armory in 1985
Matewan private detectives 1987
Return from the River Kwai Miao tribesmen 1988
Farewell To The King Gerry Lopez Gwai 1989
Headhunter
Miller's Crossing Police 1990
Tae Guk Gi Dong-gun Jang Sgt. Jin-tae Lee 2004
Soutch Korean soldiers
Public Enemies U.S. soldiers Colt Model 1922 2009
71: Into the Fire South Korean soldiers 2010
Gallipoli: End of the Road Australian and Turkish soldiers anachronistic for 1915 2013

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Mission: Impossible Colt MG38 mounted on truck, "Nitro" (S03E21) 1969
The Pacific James Badge Dale Robert Leckie 2010
Jon Bernthal Sgt. Manny Rodriguez
Joshua Bitton Sgt. J.P. Morgan
Jon Seda Sgt. John Basilone
U.S. Marines
Boardwalk Empire Stephen Graham Capone 2010 - 2014
Ku Klux Klan

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Forgotten Hope 2 "Browning M1917A1" 2005
Company of Heroes "M1917 Browning Heavy Machine Gun" 2006
The Darkness 2007
Civilization V Introduced in "Gods & Kings" expansion pack (2012) 2010
Red Orchestra 2: Rising Storm "M1917 Browning" 2013
Battlefield 1 "M1917 MG" Introduced in "Turning Tides" DLC (2017), anachronitic 2016

Kongsberg M/29

Kongsberg M/29 - 7.92×57mm Mauser.

The Norwegian adaption of the Colt version chambered in 7.92×57mm Mauser. A later model was converted to 7.62x63mm NATO called M/29F1.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Into the White Norwegian soldiers 2012
The King's Choice Norwegian soldiers 2016


Kulspruta M/1936

Kulspruta M/1936 - 6.5×55mm.
Another view of the Swedish Kulspruta m1936.
This is the 8mm double anti-aircraft configuration.

The Swedish adopted a version of the M1917 under the name "Kulspruta M/1936". The M/1936 was converted into the (then) standard 6.55mm, but the anti-aircraft version used the 8×63mm Bofors (ptr m/32). In the 1970s the remaining M/1936 were converted to the 7.62×51 mm NATO.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Callup Swedish soldiers 1979
Beyond the Border Martin Wallström Sven Stenstrom 2011
Antti Reini Wille Jarvinen
Swedish soldiers


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