Browning M2

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The Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun is a improved version on the Browning Model 1921 .50 caliber machine gun, which was in turn a development of the Browning M1917 .30 caliber machine gun. The .50 BMG round which the M2 fires is similarly a scaled-up version of the .30-06 round fired by the M1917. The M2 was developed in 1932 as a joint effort by the Army as a heavy barrel ground gun and the Navy as a water cooled anti-aircraft gun. The light weight version developed for aircraft and also used on PT Boats were developed in the late 1930. All three versions were used during World War II by the United States and its Allies. The M2 Heavy Barrel and M2 Aircraft have seen continued service into the 21st century.

In the film industry the M2 Browning has been used in several configurations M2 Heavy Barrel Ground Gun, M2 Water Cooled Anti-Aircraft Gun, M2 Light Weight Aircraft Gun and as a Mocked Up Russian DShK heavy machine gun.

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Specifications

(1921 – Present)

  • Type: Heavy Machine Gun
  • Caliber(s): .50 BMG (12.7x99mm NATO)
  • Weight: 83.78 lb (38 kg)
  • Length: 65.2 in (165.6 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 45.0 in (114.3 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt-Fed
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto

The Browning M2 appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Browning M2 Heavy Barrel

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG.
Browning M2HB's in M51 Quad Mounted System - .50 BMG
Browning M2A2 / M2 QCB (Quick Change Barrel) with ammo belt on M3 tripod - .50 BMG The M2A2 pictured here is manufactured by FN Herstal.
Browning M2HB - .50 BMG

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Fighting Seabees CB recruits M3 tripod 1944
The Story of G.I. Joe U.S. Army soldier Mounted on U.S. Army truck 1945
A Walk in the Sun U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army half-track 1945
Battleground U.S. Army 1949
The Day the Earth Stood Still U.S. Army soldier Mounted on jeep 1951
Halls of Montezuma US Marines Mounted on LVT-4 Amtrac 1951
The Steel Helmet U.S. Army soldiers M3 tripod 1951
The War of the Worlds U.S. military personnel 1953
Godzilla (1954) Japanese Defense Forces 1954
To Hell and Back Audie Murphy Himself Mounted on M4 Sherman tank 1955
Between Heaven and Hell US National Guards mounted on LVT and M3 Half-track 1956
20 Million Miles to Earth Italian soldier Mounted in a tank 1957
China Gate French Legionnaires 1957
The Young Lions Unknown Allied soldiers Mounted on a jeep 1958
The Hunters Chinese P.L.A. soldiers Mounted on Chinese P.L.A. half-track 1958
When Hell Broke Loose 1958
Hell Is for Heroes Stock Footage of an M2HB mounted on a tank 1962
Merrill's Marauders U.S. Army 1962
The Longest Day German soldiers In M45 quadmount 1963
The Longest Day French Army soldiers Mounted on M4 Sherman tank 1963
The Unvanquished (L'Insoumis) French soldiers Mounted on M8 Greyhound 1964
Casanova '70 Italian Army soldiers Mounted on M4 Sherman tank 1965
Cast a Giant Shadow Egyptian Army Mounted on M4 Sherman tank 1966
The Devil's Brigade U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on M47 Patton tanks 1968
Dark of the Sun Rod Taylor Capt. Bruce Curry 1968
Dark of the Sun Jim Brown Sgt. Ruffo 1968
Dark of the Sun Peter Carsten Capt. Henlein 1968
The Bridge at Remagen U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 1969
Godzilla vs. Gigan JSDF personnel Mounted on Type 61 tanks and jeeps 1972
R.A.S. French troop Mounted on armory car 1973
The Terrorists mounted on M3 Scout Car 1974
Raid on Entebbe Izraeli troops Mounted on a jeep 1976
The Eagle Has Landed U.S. Army Rangers Mounted on armored vehicle 1976
Power Play Soldiers Mounted on M113 APCs and Centurion tanks 1978
Apocalypse Now Frederic Forrest Jay 'Chef' Hicks Mounted on Navy PBR 1979
Apocalypse Now Sam Bottoms Lance Johnson In twin naval mounting on Navy PBR 1979
Contraband Mounted on Guardia di Finanza patrol boat 1980
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) The partisans Mounted on Tank destroyer M18 Hellcat 1981
The Outsider (Le Marginal) Mounted on French patrol boat 1983
The Terminator Human resistance fighter With spade grips removed 1984
The Return of Godzilla JSDF personnel Mounted on Type 74 MBTs 1984
Latino Tony Plana Ruben 1985
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Charles Cioffi George Grove 1985
Iron Eagle Enemy soldiers Tripod and vehicle-mounted 1986
Full Metal Jacket U.S. Marines Mounted on M41 Walker Bulldog tanks 1987
BAT*21 NVA 1988
The Commander General Dong's soldiers 1988
The Siege of Firebase Gloria U.S. Marines Mounted on M3 tripod 1989
UHF unidentified soldiers Mounted on a jeep 1989
Return from the River Kwai Mounted of Japanese ship 1989
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection U.S. Coast Guard Mounted on Coast Guard ship 1990
Toy Soldiers Colombian terrorists Mounted on M3 tripod 1991
Terminator 2: Judgement Day Seen in hidden weapons cache 1991
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth JGSDF personnel Mounted on Type 74 MBT and Type 82 CCV 1992
Mulholland Falls U.S. Army Mounted on Jeep 1996
Courage Under Fire Denzel Washington Lt. Colonel Nathaniel Serling Mounted on (fake) M1A1 Abrams 1996
Courage Under Fire Tim Ransom Captain Boylar Mounted on (fake) M1A1 Abrams 1996
Courage Under Fire U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on (fake) M1A1 Abrams 1996
Life Is Beautiful Mounted on M4 Sherman 1997
The General's Daughter . U.S. Army Mounted on a Humvee 1999
Black Hawk Down U.S. Army Rangers and Somali militiamen Mounted on humvees and technicals 2001
Behind Enemy Lines Serbian soldiers Vehicle-mounted 2001
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider mocked-up to resemble a Russian gun 2001
Tremors 3: Back to Perfection Michael Gross Burt Gummer In M45 quadmount 2001
Die Another Day Will Yun Lee Colonel Tan-Sun Moon Disguised as fictional heavy weapon mounted on North Korean hovercraft 2002
Warriors (Guerreros) Spanish soldiers Mounted on Pegaso BMR APC 2002
Warriors (Guerreros) Serbian soldiers Tripod-mounted 2002
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla JGSDF personnel Mounted on Type 90 MBTs and Type 82 CCVs 2002
The Core Mounted on U.S. military vehicles 2003
Cradle 2 the Grave Ron Yuan Laser Technician In twin anti-aircraft mounting 2003
Cradle 2 the Grave Anthony Anderson Tommy Mounted on (fake) M1A1 Abrams 2003
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. JGSDF personnel Mounted on Type 90 MBTs and Type 82 CCVs 2003
Jarhead U.S. Marines Mounted on U.S. Marine Corps vehicles, with and without gun shields 2005
War of the Worlds U.S. military personnel Vehicle-mounted 2005
Blood Diamond Government soldiers Vehicle-mounted 2006
Black Book Canadian troops 2006
Home of the Brave U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on Humvees 2006
The Battle of Long Tan Australian soldiers Mounted on M113 APC 2006
The Kingdom Saudi military personnel Vehicle-mounted 2007
Dragon Wars: D-War U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 2007
28 Weeks Later U.S. Army soldiers Tripod and vehicle-mounted 2007
Shooter Mounted on Humvees 2007
The Apocalypse Code Specnaz troops 2007
Transformers U.S. military personnel Mounted on U.S. military vehicles 2007
Transformers Brawl Twin-mounted on the turret of Brawl's tank form 2007
Intimate Enemies French soldiers Mounted on M3 Halftracks and Jeeps 2007
The Bridge US soldiers Quad M51 mounted on M3 Halftrack 2008
The Day the Earth Stood Still U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 2008
The Incredible Hulk U.S. military personnel Mounted on U.S. military Humvees 2008
Death Race Mounted on several vehicles in single and twin mountings with gun shields 2008
Miracle at St. Anna Mounted on US Army tank 2008
Rambo Sylvester Stallone John Rambo Mounted on Burmese jeep 2008
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen U.S. military personnel Mounted on U.S. military vehicles 2009
Law Abiding Citizen mounted on a UGV 2009
Spoils of War 2009
Red Helen Mirren Victoria 2010
Dear John US Army soldiers Mounted on Humvees, with and without gun shields 2010
Unthinkable U.S. Army Mounted on a jeep 2010
Kandahar Taliban fighters Mounted on a VAB armoured personnel carrier 2010
The A-Team Bradley Cooper Face 2010
The A-Team mocked up as DShK 2010
The Losers Holt McCallany Wade Travis Mounted on Hummer 2010
Battle: Los Angeles Cory Hardrict Cpl. Jason Lockett Mounted on Humvee, with gun shield 2011
Battle: Los Angeles US Marines Mounted on tripods, humvees, and M1A1 Abrams tank 2011
Contagion . Army National Guard Mounted on humvees 2011
Memorial Day . US Army soldiers Mounted on Humvee 2011
Memorial Day . US Army soldiers Quad M51 mounted on M5 Halftrack 2011
Oba: The Last Samurai US Marines Mounted on M3 tripod 2011
Super 8 US Army soldiers Mounted armored vehicles 2011
Hamilton: I nationens intresse Swedish Coast Rangers Mounted on patrol boat, with optics 2012
Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed US Army soldiers Mounted on M3 tripod, M24 Chaffee 2012
Taken 2 2012
Osombie mounted in Al Qaeda camp 2012
Cockneys vs. Zombies 2012
White House Down Mercenaries Leupold HAMR scope 2013
Oblivion Morgan Freeman Malcom 2013
Fury (2014) U.S. Army soldiers 2014

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Baa Baa Black Sheep Red West Sgt. Micklin . 1976 - 1978
Tour of Duty U.S. Army soldiers Vehicle-mounted 1987 - 1989
Band of Brothers U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on Sherman Tanks & Also on Quad-Mount 2001
Firefly Nathan Fillion Malcolm Reynolds DShK barrels, twin AA mount, "Serenity" (S01E01) 2002
Ultimate Force/ "Charlie Bravo" Ross Kemp Sgt. Henno Garvie Mounted on M3 tripod 2002 - 2006
Over There U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 2005
Over There Josh Stamberg Lt. Alex "Underpants" Hunter Mounted on Humvee 2005
The Unit' U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on Humvees 2006 - 2009
Criminal Minds / "Distress" (S2E17) Somali Militiamen Mounted on pickup truck 'Technical' 2007
The Andromeda Strain . US Army Soldiers Mounted on (fake) M1126 Stryker 2008
The Walking Dead . . Mounted on U.S. Army tank 2010
Ultimate Weapons Mounted on Abrams M1A2, Crusher UGCV, Merkava IV MBT, M1128 Mobile Gun System, FH77BW L52 "Archer" Artillery System 2010
Falling Skies Extras Resistance fighters Mounted on Pontiac GTO technical 2011
Charlie's Angels mounted on HMMWV 2011
The Promise British paratroopers mounted on halftrack 2011
Revolution 2013
Tyrant Abbudinian soldiers mounted on M3 Half-tracks 2014

Video Games

Game Title Used By Appears as Notes Release Date
Half-Life 1998
Armored Fist 3 Mounted on M1A2 Abrams 1999
Steel Beasts Mounted on U.S. vehicles 2000
Medal of Honor: Underground U.S. forces 2000
Project IGI: I'm Going In 2000
Ghost Recon 2001
Operation Flashpoint U.S. and U.S.S.R. forces Mounted on U.S. vehicles and on tripod. 2001
Fallout Tactics portable 2001
Conflict: Desert Storm 2002
Medal of Honor: Frontline 2002
Shinobi Mounted on Type 74 main battle tank 2002
America's Army U.S. Army . Mounted on M1114 Humvees and powered by CROWS. 2002
Battlefield: 1942 U.S. and U.K. forces Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2002
007: Nightfire . . Tripod-mounted 2002
Medal of Honor: Infiltrator 2003
IGI 2: Covert Strike 20031
Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Tripod-mounted 2004
Far Cry Mercenaries Vehicle-mounted 2004
Call of Duty: United Offensive U.S. Army Mounted on Jeeps 2004
Counter-Strike: Source Mounted on Jeeps 2004
Battlefield 2 U.S. and E.U. forces Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2005
Close Combat: First to Fight U.S. and OpFor forces M2 .50 Cal Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2005
Project Reality U.S., E.U. and I.D.F. forces Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2005
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth 2005
Call of Duty 2: Big Red One U.S. forces Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2005
Vietcong 2 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter M2A2 - vehicle and tripod-mounted 2006
Company of Heroes U.S. forces Vehicle-mounted 2006
Call of Duty 3 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms Mounted on MOWAG Piranha, non-playable 2007
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2007
Dead Rising 2006
ArmA: Armed Assault U.S. and R.E.C. forces Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2007
World in Conflict U.S. forces Mounted on U.S. vehicles and inside bunkers. 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare U.S. Marines Mounted on M1A1HA Abrams MBT. 2007
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway Vehicle-mounted 2008
Code of Honor 2: Conspiracy Island terrorists 2008
Far Cry 2 2008
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames various M2A2 - vehicle and tripod-mounted 2008
Terrorist Takedown 2: US Navy Seals mounted on Humvee's 2008
Call of Duty: World at War U.S. Navy Mounted on PBY Catalina 2008
Left 4 Dead Survivors Tripod-mounted; Available only in the DLC map "The Sacrifice" 2008, 2010
ArmA II U.S. and U.K. forces Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2009, 2010
Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising U.S. Marines Static, turret-mounted on M1A2 Abrams, M1025 Humvee and Desert Patrol Vehicle, coaxially mounted on AAVP7A1 Amtrac 2009
Left 4 Dead 2 Survivors Tripod-mounted; Available only in the map "Swamp Fever", "The Parish", and in the DLC map "The Sacrifice" 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine African rebels mounted on boats 2009
Terminator Salvation 2009
Marines: Modern Urban Combat Vehicle and tripod-mounted 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 U.S. Army Mounted on M1A2 Abrams MBT 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam U.S. Army Mounted on M48 Patton 2010
Call of Duty: Black Ops U.S. Marines Mounted on M113 APC and on PT boat. 2010
Medal of Honor Coalition forces on Bradley IFV, part of a RWS (Remote Weapon Station) 2010
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2010
Battlefield Play4Free Vehicle-mounted 2011
Battle: Los Angeles Lee Imlay Mounted on Humvees 2011
Homefront Mounted on vehicles 2011
Operation Flashpoint: Red River U.S. Marines Mounted on M1A1 Abrams MBT 2011
Deus Ex: Human Revolution UN forces mounted on M113 APC, unusable 2011
Duke Nukem Forever Mounted on M1 Abrams tank, unusable 2011
Bodycount African heavy troops Fictional handheld weapon heavily based on M2 2011
NCIS: The Video Game Mounted on Abrams MBT 2011
Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops Mounted on fictional APC 2011
7554 2011
Project Reality: Falklands Mounted on M3 tripod in machine gun nests 2012
Project Reality: Vietnam Tripod and vehicle-mounted 2012
Jagged Alliance: Back in Action Militia mounted on a jeep 2012
Spec Ops: The Line SFOD-D & Rebels M2A2 2012
Heroes & Generals M51 Quad Mounted on a M51 Quad 2012
Black Mesa USMC .50 Cal Mounted on M3 tripod 2012
ZombiU Survivors Machine Gun Turret 2012
Ravaged 2012
Arctic Combat 2012
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Mounted in unmanned turrets, on Gekko unmanned vehicles, and on Strykers 2013

Anime

Film Title Character Note Date
Patlabor: The Movie 2 Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers Mounted on JGSDF tanks as Sumitomo M2HBs 1993
Spriggan Yu Tripod-mounted with heatshield / Anti-aircraft sights 1994
Memories ("Stink Bomb") mounted on Type 90 Kyū-maru tanks 1995
Macross Zero Mounted on Abrams MBTs 2002-2004
The Place Promised in Our Early Days . Tripod-mounted 2004
Flag . Mounted on UNF tanks 2006
The Sky Crawlers Bomber plane door gunner . 2008
Rideback . Mounted on GGP HUMVEEs 2009
King of Thorn Mounted on HMMWV 2009
Black Lagoon Colombian Mafia Mounted on an SUV 2010
Asobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky . . 2010
Nobunagun Mounted on M1A2 Abrams 2014
Captain Earth Tanegashima Space Center security 2014

Animation

Film/TV Show Actor Character Note Date
The Iron Giant . U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on M41 Walker Bulldog tanks 1999


Browning M2 Aircraft

Browning M2 Aircraft, Fixed - .50 BMG
Browning M2 Aircraft, Flexible - .50 BMG

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Air Force mounted on B-17 bomber 1943
The Canterville Ghost Robert Young Cuffy Williams 1943
The Fighting Seabees US Navy pilots Mounted in Grumman F4F Wildcat fighters 1944
A Walk in the Sun U.S. Army soldiers Quad-mounted on half-track 1945
They Were Expendable U.S. Navy sailors In twin Naval anti-aircraft mounting on PT boats 1945
The Story of G.I. Joe Robert Mitchum Lt. Bill Walker Mounted on truck 1945
Twelve O'Clock High mounted on B-17 bombers 1949
Battle of the Bulge U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 1965
The Green Berets Tripod-mounted 1968
The Bridge at Remagen U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 1969
Tora! Tora! Tora! US Army Air Corps pilots Mounted in Army Air Corps fighters & B-17 bombers 1970
Patton U.S. Army soldiers Mounted on U.S. Army vehicles 1970
99 and 44/100% Dead Chuck Connors Marvin "Claw" Zuckerman Mounted on truck, with spade grips 1974
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze Scott Walker Borden Mounted on biplane, mocked up to look like a Vickers machine gun 1975
Sahara Mounted into the armored car 1983
Code Name: Wild Geese Charleton's men Mounted on river boat 1984
Commando Seen on a wall in a hidden weapons vault 1985
Bulletproof Gary Busey Frank McBain Mounted on jeep 1988
Bulletproof Henchmen Mounted on jeep 1988
Memphis Belle U.S. Army Air Force crews Mounted in B-17 Flying Fortress 1990
RoboCop 2 Gabriel Damon Hob With Crew-Served Weapon sight 1990
Waterworld "Smokers" M45 quadmount 1995
The Tuskegee Airmen U.S. Army Air Force pilots Mounted in B-17 Flying Fortress and P-51 Mustang 1995
The Siege U.S. Army soldier Mounted on Humvee 1998
Pearl Harbor Mounted in B-25 Mitchell and P-40 Warhawk 2001
Jurassic Park III U.S. Marines Mounted on Amphibious Assault Vehicles 2001
Idiocracy Sentry guns 2006
Rambo Sylvester Stallone John Rambo Mounted on truck and fitted with Barrett M82-style muzzle brake and gun shield 2008
Rambo Junta soldiers Mounted on truck and boats and fitted with Barrett M82-style muzzle brake and gun shield 2008
The Expendables Jason Statham Lee Christmas quad-mounted in the nose of the seaplane. 2010
Red Tails US Army Air Force pilots Mounted on P-40 Warhawk & P-51 Mustang fighters & B-17 Flying Fortress bombers 2012
I Declare War w/ Hollywood embellishments 2012

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Rat Patrol Mounted on jeep 1966 - 1968
McHale's Navy Mounted on PT73 1962 - 1966
Baa Baa Black Sheep Mounted in F4U Corsairs 1976 - 1978

Video Games

Game Title Mods Passwords Release Date
Medal of Honor: Infiltrator Mounted on B-17 Flying fortress 2003
Call of Duty: United Offensive Mounted on P-47 Thunderbolts and B-17 Flying Fortress 2004
Call of Duty: World at War Mounted on PBY Catalina 2008
Wolfenstein Mounted on B-17 and on fictional airship 2009

Anime

Film/TV Show Actor Character Note Date
Orguss 02 Rivellian gunners Mounted in three twin turrets on a large flying boat 1993

Animation

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Boondocks Robert Freeman Mounted on P-51D Mustang fighter 2005

Browning M2 Water Cooled

Browning M2 Water Cooled, Flexible - .50 BMG

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Tora! Tora! Tora! U.S. military personnel Mounted on U.S. Navy vessels 1970
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Tugboat Crewman Fitted with side-mounted drum ammo boxes and mounted on tugboat 2008

Video Games

Game Title Used By Appears as Mods Release Date
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun U.S. forces Mounted on the battleship USS California. 2003
Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault U.S. forces Tripod-mounted 2004

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