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Original U.S. WWII Type M2HB Browning .50 Caliber “Ma Deuce” Display Machine Gun with USGI Pintle and M3 Tripod

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine WWII manufactured U.S. Browning M2HB .50cal Display Non-Firing Machine Gun, complete with an original M3 tripod!

This fantastic example is built with a BATF compliant steel new made non-firing right side plate, which is several times thicker than the original, and completely inert. The left side plate also appears to be a new made version, but the feed tray is original.

Original parts were used to build the display receiver and additional original parts were mounted onto the receiver to create this lovely display machine gun, resulting in a Ma-Deuce that is totally legal to own without a license of any kind. This originally had been set up with a gas firing system, and the inside of the receiver is devoid of any internals. The barrel is threaded into a fitting that allowed the gas system to be attached, however that system has been completely removed.

All of the parts are USGI issue, though we do no know from what era, as components except for the receiver plates have been available on the market for decades due to the long service life of the weapon system. The barrel on this display gun is 100% original and we believe it is live, however the bore shows significant corrosion. Most likely a used / grade 2 barrel was used as it was destined to be a display piece. It is fitted with the correct carry handle as well. The top cover still opens, the trigger still moves, and the sights do as well.

This "Ma Deuce" comes complete with an original USGI M3 Tripod, which still has intact USGI stock numbers. The tripod still retains much of the parkerized finish, which is most likely the original finish from then it was made during the post war years. We checked the functionality, and all three legs extend correctly and have intact locking levers, and the central bar still locks in place. The pintle catch is also fully functional, making this really a great example. The M2HB is STILL the heavy machine gun of choice for the U.S. military, as well as many other militaries around the world, so these tripods are still in service, which is one of the reasons they are so hard to find.

A fantastic opportunity to own a BATF compliant WWII production inert display gun of one of the most enduring machine gun designs in history! Ready to display!

The M2 machine gun or Browning .50 caliber machine gun (informally, "Ma Deuce") is a heavy machine gun that was designed towards the end of World War I by John Browning. Its design is similar to Browning's earlier M1919 Browning machine gun, which was chambered for the .30-06 cartridge. The M2 uses Browning's larger and more powerful .50 BMG (12.7 mm) cartridge. The design has had many designations; the official U.S. military designation for the current infantry type is Browning Machine Gun, Cal. .50, M2, HB, Flexible. It is effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles and boats, light fortifications, and low-flying aircraft.

The gun has been used extensively as a vehicle weapon and for aircraft armament by the United States since the 1930s. It was heavily used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Soviet–Afghan War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the War in Afghanistan. It is the primary heavy machine gun of NATO countries and has been used by many other countries as well. U.S. forces have used the M2 longer than any other firearm except the .45 ACP M1911 pistol, which was also designed by John Browning.

The current M2HB (heavy barrel) is manufactured in the U.S. by General Dynamics Ohio Ordnance Works, and U.S. Ordnance for use by the U.S. government, and for allies via Foreign Military Sales, as well as by foreign manufacturers such as FN Herstal.

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