Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

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Msg-info.png This page refers to the M2 Browning mounted on aircraft. For the ground-mount variant, see M2HB Browning. For other uses, see M2 (Disambiguation).

Description

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Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters  F2A-1 · Thach's F2A-1 · F2A-3
  F3F-2 · Galer's F3F-2 · F4F-3 · F4F-4 · Martlet Mk IV
  F4U-1A · ▄F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1D · F4U-4 · ▄Corsair F Mk II
  F6F-5 · ▄F6F-5 · F6F-5N · ▄F6F-5N · ▄Hellcat Mk II
  F7F-1 · F7F-3 · F8F-1 · ▄F8F-1B (secondary) · F8F-1B (secondary)
  P-26A-34 M2 · P-36A · Rasmussen's P-36A · P-36C · P-36G
  ▂P-39K-1 · P-39N-0 · Pokryshkin's ▂P-39N-0 · P-39Q-5 · ▂P-39Q-15
  P-400 · P-40C · P-40E-1 · ▂P-40E-1 · P-40F-10
  ▀P-47D · P-47D-25 · ▂P-47D-27 · P-47D-28 · Lanovski's P-47M-1-RE · Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE · P-47N-15
  P-51A · P-51D-10 · P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-30 · P-51D-5 · P-51H-5-NA · F-82E (secondary)
  P-43A-1 · XP-55 · P-61A-1 (defensive) · P-61C-1
  P-63A-10 · ▂P-63A-10 · P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-5 · P-63C-5 · ▄P-63C-5 · ▂P-63C-5 · ␠Kingcobra
  Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVI · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire LF Mk IX
Twin-engine fighters  Beaufighter Mk 21 · XF5F · XP-50
  P-38E · XP-38G · P-38G-1 · P-38J-15 · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38K · P-38L-5-LO
Jet fighters  F-80A-5
Attackers  A-20G-25 · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
  A-36 · ▄AD-4 (defensive) · PBJ-1H · PBJ-1J · XA-38
Bombers  ▄A-35B · ▄Avenger Mk II
  B-17E (defensive) · ▄B-17E (defensive) · B-17E/L (defensive) · B-17G-60-VE (defensive)
  B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · ▂B-25J-30
  B-24D-25-CO (defensive) · B-29A-BN (defensive) · B-34
  Beaufort Mk VIII · ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · Lancaster B Mk III (defensive) · Lincoln B Mk II (defensive) · Sunderland Mk V (defensive)
  PB4Y-2 (defensive) · PBM-3 "Mariner" (defensive) · PBY-5 Catalina (defensive) · PBY-5a Catalina (defensive) · ▂PBY-5a Catalina (defensive)
  PV-2D · SB2C-4 (secondary) · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · TBD-1 · TBF-1C

General info

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Available shells

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Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Usually carries enough rounds per gun to be able to take out multiple targets per sortie.
  • API-T rounds are exceptionally good at igniting fuel tanks and engines.
  • AP rounds have better penetration values than most small caliber cannons
  • Retains kinetic energy and damage potential over range much better than 7 mm caliber guns
  • Can be fired accurately and be a significant threat to fleeing enemies upwards of 1.5 km away
  • Virtually only jams if you try to magdump the entire ammo load.
  • Makes up the bulk of the USAAF's armament with most planes having anywhere between 4-8 guns.

Cons:

  • Ball ammo in the default belt is rather ineffective.
  • 25% slower rate of fire compared to 7 mm caliber machine guns
  • AP ammo lacks any incendiary or tracer, meaning shots that don't hit vital components barely does anything.
  • Slower rate of fire at higher ranks means boom-n-zoom is necessary to maintain a firing solution long enough to dump sufficient rounds on target.

History

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Media

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See also

External links

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  • encyclopedia page on weapon;
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Aircraft machine guns
USA  7.62 mm: Browning · M134 Minigun
  12.7 mm: Browning M2 · Browning M3
Germany  7.62 mm: MG 3
  7.92 mm: MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81
  13 mm: MG 131
USSR  7.62 mm: DA · PV-1 · ShKAS
  12.7 mm: Berezin UB · A-12.7 · YaK-B
Britain  7.7 mm: Lewis · Vickers E · Vickers K · Browning .303
Japan  Army:
  7.7 mm: Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 special
  7.92 mm: Type 98
  12.7 mm: Ho-103 · Ho-104
  Navy:
  7.7 mm: Type 92 · Type 97
  13 mm: Type 2
  13.2 mm: Type 3
Italy  7.7 mm: Breda-SAFAT da 7.7 mm
  7.92 mm: FN Browning
  12.7 mm: Breda-SAFAT da 12.7 mm · Scotti M1933
France  7.5 mm: Mle 33 · Darne 1933 · Mle 1923 · FN Browning Mle 38 · MAC 1934