History of .50 Cal


About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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One Response to History of .50 Cal

  1. burkemblog says:

    Thanks for posting this. The M2 was the only Army weapon I ever enjoyed firing. We had them in the boat company I was assigned to in 1973, but were not authorized tripods (they were supposed to be mounted on our boats on a pedestal that had gone out of production years before). To familiarize the crews with the weapons, I had to get tripods from a National Guard equipment pool at Ft Pickett, and then go to the only .50 range in Virginia at Ft A.P. Hill–luckily, we could get there by water from Ft Eustis, where we were stationed. This became a hugely complex field problem, but one that turned out to be great fun. The best part–our first sergeant, a Korean War veteran who was roundly hated by all the soldiers in the company, was a genius with the .50 and spent all day in the rain on the range with me and the rest of the company, coaching the soldiers and helping them get really good with the weapon. After we came back, there was a special bond between him and the mostly draftee folks we had–it made the entire company work much more smoothly–disciplinary issues went way down, too. All because of the M2. My subsequent times with the weapon, in 1AD, were enjoyable, but never as useful as that first experience.


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