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Original U.S. Colt Commercial Model 1928 Browning Display Machine Gun With Tripod

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Original Items: Only One Available. Fantastic Colt Commercial Model 1928 Browning water cooled machine gun as re-manufactured on BATF approved non-firing dummy right side plate..All parts other than the right side plate and altered bolt are original issue parts. Also included is an original Colt 1928 contract tripod with fully functional locks, azimuth, legs and mounting pins. In the 40 years that IMA has been in business, this is the most complete, finest condition, original .30 caliber 1928 Browning Display Machine we have ever offered.

History of the Browning M1917:

The M1917 Browning machine gun is a heavy machine gun used by the United States armed forces in World War I, World War II, Korea, and to a limited extent in Vietnam; it has also been used by other nations. It was a crew served, belt-fed, water-cooled machine gun that served alongside the much lighter air-cooled Browning M1919. It was used at the battalion level, and often mounted on vehicles (such as a jeep). There were two main iterations of it: the M1917, which was used in World War I; and the M1917A1; which was used thereafter. The M1917, which was used on some aircraft as well as in a ground role, had a firing rate of 450 rounds per minute; the M1917A1 had a firing rate of 450 to 600 rounds per minute.

The Model 1917A1 was again used in the Second World War, and was primarily used with the M2 ball, tracer, and armor-piercing ammunition introduced just prior to the outbreak of hostilities. Some were supplied to the UK for use by the Home Guard since all production of the .303 Vickers were needed to resupply the equipment abandoned during the Fall of France. The M1917's weight and bulk meant that it was generally employed as a fixed defense or as a battalion or regimental support weapon. At the fierce battle of Momote Airstrip in the Admiralties, the US Army's 5th Cavalry machinegunners killed several hundred Japanese in one night using their M1917 Brownings; one gun was left in position after the battle as a memorial to the desperate struggle.

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