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50 cal MG with multi-lug rotating bolt mechanism   General Military Discussion

Started 21-Sep by tidusyuki; 1994 views.

From: roguetechie


Pallad S and Pallad M

In reply toRe: msg 6

From: Mustrakrakis


Does the M2 need to be lighter?  No.  Would a lighter replacement that works at least as well be an improvement?  Sure.  The goddamned things weigh a ton.  The only time someone's happy to be wearing armor when not being shot it is when they have to pick up a M2 and carry it somewhere, as it's going to have to be on your shoulder and the receiver is all sharp edges and protrusions with a lot of mass bearing down.

That having been said, it's been working fine for a very long time.  Quick change barrels weren't necessary, and as anyone that's spent any time with one can tell you, headspacing and timing adjustments are memes.  Outside of the weight, the only problems associated with this gun would be prevented by a five minute brief and/or not letting retards play with them.  It's a very dated design, but it's aged well.

I wouldn't mind seeing it replaced with something lighter and simpler, but the DoD potentates probably look at the HMG problem the same way that they look at the pistol problem, the GPMG problem, the service rifle problem, and presumably the E-tool problem: an incremental improvement of the item in question is certainly possible, but it will cost a lot of money due to the amount of items required and at the end of the day, it will not change the outcome of a war, or probably even a battle...and they're not wrong.


From: Farmplinker


And with anti-material rifles, part of the need for HMGs goes away, as Tony pointed out.