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The M2 is a .50 cal heavy machine gun that has made appearances in all of the ArmA games, beginning with ArmA: Cold War Assault and all the way to ArmA 3.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

« Browning M2 machine gun is belt-fed, air-cooled machine weapon capable of semi-automatic and automatic fire. After WW2, .50-caliber Browning guns found a wide acceptance across the world, and today are still widely used as ground and vehicle guns inmost of NATO countries and many others.
Weapon Description
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M2 .50
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Faction - United States
- Soviet Union
Type Heavy Machine Gun
Caliber .50 BMG
Magazine
capacity
500
Variants None
Games
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The M2 is a .50 cal heavy machine gun that is universally employed by both the U.S. and Soviet military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

The M2 Browning is an air-cooled, belt fed heavy machine gun that fires from a closed bolt, and is chambered to fire the .50 BMG round.

It can attain a fire rate of up to 600 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 1,000 m/s. The M2 uses a simple ironsight for aiming, and has an effective firing range of up to 1,100 metres. Both static and vehicle-mounted versions always feed from a single 500-round belt.

Officially adopted in 1923 by the U.S. military, the M2 has since continued to serve as the standard HMG of many armed forces throughout the world. It is commonly employed on the M1A1 MBT or M113 APC where it serves as a coaxial/primary weapon.

The M2 is a surprisingly accurate and powerful heavy weapon. Because it fires the powerful .50 cal round, it can penetrate through the armour of most light and even medium armoured vehicles with ease.

Although it isn't man-portable, it works well in any fortified position as a static weapon when paired alongside anti-tank weapons such as the M72 LAW/Carl Gustav and medium machine guns like the M60. All four systems combined will make any position almost unassailable by ground forces bar heavy air power.

Trivia

  • The M2 is erroneously depicted as also being used by the Soviet military.
    • While M2s delivered as part of the U.S. government's Lend-Lease policy during the Second World War did result in it seeing some (limited) service as an anti-aircraft gun within the Soviet Armed Forces, they were completely replaced in that role by the then-newer "DShK" HMG by the conflict's end and throughout the Cold War.
    • Likewise, the DShK itself is notably absent in Cold War Assault, despite the fact that it would have been more appropriate as the in-game Soviet HMG instead of the M2.

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ArmA 2

« The Browning M2 .50 caliber Machine Gun, is a World War II era automatic, crew-operated machine gun. The very versatile M2 has served on a wide variety of ground vehicles, aircraft and ships over the years, and is still widely used around the world. This weapon can be used effectively against infantry, light armored vehicles, slow flying aircraft and small boats.
Armoury Description
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M2HB .50
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Faction - USMC
- U.S. Army
Type Heavy Machine Gun
Caliber .50 BMG
Magazine
capacity
Variable (dependent on platform)
Variants None
Games
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The M2HB is a .50 cal heavy machine gun that is used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2.

Overview

The M2HB is a modernised version of its Cold War Assault counterpart.

It has a fire rate of ~545 rounds per minute, and has a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s. The M2HB lacks optical accessories and relies on an ironsight for aiming. It has an effective firing range of up to 1,500 metres, and can be mounted onto either lowered or raised tripods.

Ammunition capacity varies depending on the platform it is being utilised on. Standalone static M2HBs always feed from 100-round belt boxes and have a further three more boxes to spare. On the other hand, vehicle-mounted M2HBs such as those on the M1A2 TUSK for example, carry only four boxes instead.

Like its Cold War-era model, the ArmA 2 M2HB continues to serve as the primary HMG of the U.S. military, with both branches utilising it in some form either as a defensive/static or vehicle-mounted weapon.

It has a lower rate of fire however, and is only capable of outputting 545 rounds per minute versus its predecessor's rate of 600 RPM. Compared to all other static HMGs in ArmA 2 like the KORD machine gun, the M2HB also suffers from having fairly high dispersion at long distances, but is overall more accurate than the (figuratively-speaking) newer Soviet-era DShKM.

Trivia

  • USMC M2HBs cannot be disassembled into a man-portable backpack form, unlike those used by the U.S. Army in the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
    • This is because the ability to dismantle/reassemble static weapons was only added with the release of the expansion pack, and was not retroactively applied to the original ArmA 2 static weapons (as none of the pre-expansion pack units are able to carry backpacks in the first place).

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See also

Static weapons of comparable role and configuration