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Original U.S. WWII or Korean War Traverse and Elevation Mechanism T&E for the U.S. M2 Browning .50 Cal M3 Tripod

Regular price $350.00

Item Description

Original Item. Only One Available. The .50 cal T&E traverse and elevation mechanism is used to engage preselected targeted areas at night or during limited visibility conditions. These readings are measured from the traversing bar on the M3 tripod and the T&E mechanism.

To obtain accurate readings, the T&E has to be zeroed, with all measurements recorded in mils.The T&E mechanism consists of a traversing hand wheel, locking nut, scale, and yoke. The T&E is attached to the traversing bar of the M3 tripod.

This example is stamped on the side 53711 ASSY 5830128 MER 97001. It’s stamped into the metal 6195550. It is in good shape but is applied with cosmoline in some places. This is a difficult item to find. Ready for further research and display.

The 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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