AN-M2 (12.7 mm)

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Description

The AN-M2 (12.7 mm) on the Higgins 81 ft PT-6.


The AN-M2 is a version of the M2 Browning machine gun mounted on naval vessels as a primary or anti-aircraft weapon.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Motor torpedo boats 
Elco 77 ft  PT-20
Elco 80 ft  PT-109 · PT-103 · PT-174 · PT-314 · Thunderbolt (PT-556) · PT-565
Higgins 58 ft  PT-3
Higgins 78 ft  PT-71 · PT-200 · PT-658 · MTB-422
Higgins 81 ft  PT-6
Motor gun boats  HMAS Arrow · Kim Qui · PT-59 · PTF-7 · USS Asheville · USS Douglas · USS Cyclone · USS Tucumcari
Motor torpedo gun boats  Bussard
Armoured gun boats  BMO · LCM(6) Zippo
Destroyers  USS Porter · USS Somers
  HMS Churchill · HMS Montgomery
  Besposhchadny · Soobrazitelny
Light cruisers  USS Brooklyn
Heavy cruisers  USS Northampton · USS Pensacola
Battleships  USS Arizona

General info

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Available ammunition

When a belt choice is available, the AN-M2 has 3 belt choices: Universal, .50 AP belt, and .50 APIT belt

  • Universal: API-T · AP · I · AP
  • .50 AP belt: API-T · AP · AP · AP
  • .50 APIT belt: API-T · API-T · API-T · I
Penetration statistics
Shell Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M20 API-T 28 27 23 19 15 12
M2 AP 29 28 25 20 17 14
M1 I 2 2 2 2 2 2
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (g)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M20 API-T 887 40 N/A N/A N/A 47° 56° 65°
M2 AP 856 50 N/A N/A N/A 47° 56° 65°
M1 I 944 40 0.02 0.3 1.2 47° 56° 65°

Comparison with analogues

  • DShK (12.7 mm) - The DShK has a higher rate of fire than the AN-M2, but its small belt of 50 rounds means that it will have to reload often
  • Vickers Mk.V (12.7 mm) - Very similar to the AN-M2, has slightly lower muzzle velocity but a shorter reload. Has an unusually powerful Incendiary bullet with 1.8 g of explosive
  • Type 93 (13.2 mm) - Generally inferior to the AN-M2, has tiny 30 round magazine and lower muzzle velocity, but a slightly more powerful HEI shell
  • Breda Model 31 (13.2 mm) - Similar to the Type 93, but with higher rate of fire, has no Incendiary shell and a lower muzzle velocity

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • APIT belt is reliable at setting vehicles on fire
  • Large belt capacity of 200 rounds per gun allows for long continuous fire
  • Good rate of fire

Cons:

  • Does little damage against large ships
  • Long reload of 12 seconds

History

The Army-Navy-M2 Browning, or AN-M2, is one of the longest-serving machine guns in military service and is still serving with the US Navy. Affectionately called "Ma Deuce" by the Americans that used it, the M2 was developed during World War I by John Moses Browning as an aircraft machine gun. Intended to take down the Junkers J.I, which was the first armored fighter aircraft, the gun was a scaled-up version of Browning's earlier M1917 water-cooled machine gun developed alongside Fred T. Moore and finished in 1921. In 1932 an improved version of the original M2 Browning was introduced with a lightweight barrel that weighed 60 pounds, which would become the AN-M2. This version was primarily used to arm aircraft, but the gun was also used to arm US Navy PT boats as primary or secondary weapons, anti-boat defense on smaller ships such as frigates or corvettes, and was the original anti-aircraft gun for larger United States Navy ships such as USS Arizona during World War II.

The M2 was used in mounts up to six guns on US Navy ships. The AN-M2 was notably used during the attack on Pearl Harbor by Cook Third Class Doris "Dorie" Miller who shot down multiple D3A1 Val from an AN-M2 gun mount on the USS West Virginia[1]. The AN-M2 would remain the main anti-aircraft naval gun until the adoption of the 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II due to the more powerful explosive shell. Even after World War II, the AN-M2 has been used to arm a wide variety of smaller navy craft such as the PBR from the Vietnam War and the USS Cyclone and is still used on larger ships such as the littoral combat ships and auxiliary crafts to repel boarders.

Media

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See also

External links

References

Citations
  1. Naval History and Heritage Command 2017
Bibliography
  • Naval History and Heritage Command. 2017. Miller, Doris. Naval History and Heritage Command. Last modified June 06, 2017. Website (Archive)


Naval machine guns
USA 
12.7 mm  AN-M2
Germany 
7.62 mm  MG-3
7.92 mm  GM08 pattern 1908 · MG15 · MG34
13.2 mm  Hotchkiss
15 mm  MG M38(t)
USSR 
7.62 mm  Maxim
12.7 mm  DShK
14.5 mm  KPVT
Britain 
7.7 mm  Lewis 1916 · Vickers GO No.5
7.92 mm  FN MAG
12.7 mm  Vickers Mk.V
Japan 
6.5 mm  Maxim · Type 38 pattern 1907
7.7 mm  Type 89 · Type 92
13.2 mm  Type 93
Italy 
6.5 mm  Breda Mod.30 · Fiat Model 26
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT
13.2 mm  Breda Model 31