M1919 Browning machine gun

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Image : Browning 1919A4 - Calibre 30

M1919 Browning machine gun history

At the end of the First World War and the development of tanks, the US Armed Forces noticed that water-cooled machine guns, especially the M1917A1, took up too much space in armored vehicles. As the crisis in Europe increased only from 1930 onwards, the American Ordnance Department was tasked with developing an air-cooled machine gun for the infantry.

The Browning 1919A4 machine gun was developed by engineer John Browning in a caliber of 7.62 mm (US caliber: .30) and has the same firepower as the water-cooled M1917A1.

The machine gun is commonly referred to as “Caliber 30”, a denomination from the US caliber of the weapon and corresponding to the NATO 7.62 mm.

M1919 Browning machine gun specification

Creator/User: United States of America
Denomination: Browning 1919A4 – .30 Caliber

Fire mode: automatic
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield (7,62 mmx51)
Feed system: 100-250 round-belt
Maximum fire range: 1,400 m
Rate of fire: 500 rounds/min

Weight: 18,5 kg
Length: 1041 mm