M2 (12.7 mm)

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This page is about the aircraft mounted Browning M2 (12.7 mm). For the vehicle mount variant, see M2HB (12.7 mm). For other uses, see M2 (Family).

Description

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There are 4 version of the M2 Browning in Warthunder. The 'early' M2 does not have API bullets. The 'mid' M2 is identical to the early M2 but with access to API bullets. The 'late' M2 has access to more effective belts, has better accuracy, overheats slower, and a slightly higher RoF. The British have their own variant that is similar to the 'mid' version but with different bullets(for example the API for the American gun is different from the British API).

The turreted variants of the M2 Browning are also separated into the 'mid' version, the 'late' version, and the British version. The only difference between the 'mid' and 'late' variants are the belt composition. The British version yet again has different bullets but is otherwise identical to the American versions.

Vehicles equipped with early M2

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters 

P-40E-1 (USSR) · P-40E-1 · P-40C · P-400 · P-39Q-5 · P-39Q-15 (USSR) · Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 (USSR) · P-39N-0 · P-39K-1 (USSR) · P-36G · P-36C · Rasmussen's P-36A · P-36A · P-26A-34 M2 · Martlet Mk IV · F4F-4 · F4F-3 · Galer's F3F-2 · F3F-2 · F2A-3 · Thach's F2A-1 · F2A-1 · Avenger Mk II (Great Britain) · A-20G-25 · TBF-1C · TBD-1 · SBD-3 · SB2U-3 · P-40F-10 ·


Vehicles equipped with mid M2

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters 

B-25J-30 (USSR) · B-25J-20 · B-25J-1 · XA-38 · PBJ-1J · PBJ-1H · A-36 · F7F-3 · F7F-1 · XP-55 · XP-50 · XF5F · P-63C-5 (USSR) · Kingcobra (USA) · P-63C-5 (France) · P-63C-5 · P-63A-5 (USSR) · P-63A-5 · P-63A-10 (USSR) · P-63A-10 · P-43A-1 · P-38L-5-LO · P-38K · Bong's P-38J-15 · P-38J-15 · XP-38G · P-38G-1 · P-38E · Hellcat Mk II (Great Britain) · F6F-5 (France) · F6F-5N (France) · F6F-5N · F6F-5 · F4U-1D · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1A (Japan) · F4U-1A · Corsair F Mk II (Great Britain) · B-34 · A-35B (France) · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · VB.10-02 · PV-2D ·


Vehicles equipped with mid M2 (turreted)

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Bombers 

SB2U-3 · PV-2D · PBY-5a Catalina (USSR) · Catalina Mk IIIa (Great Britain) · PBY-5a Catalina · PBY-5 Catalina · PBM-3 "Mariner" · PBJ-1J · PBJ-1H · PB4Y-2 (France) · PB4Y-2 · P-61C-1 · P-61A-1 · B-34 · B-25J-30 (USSR) · B-25J-20 · B-25J-1 · B-24D-25-CO · B-17E (Japan) · B-17E · Avenger Mk II (Great Britain) · A-35B (France) · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT · A-26B-10 · A-26B-50 · A-20G-25 · XA-38 · TBF-1C · Sunderland Mk V ·


Vehicles equipped with late M2

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters 

P-51D-20-NA · P-51D-10 · P-51A · P-47N-15 · Lanovski's P-47M-1-RE · Bostwick's P-47M-1-RE · P-47D-27 (USSR) · P-47D (Germany) · P-47D-25 · P-47D-28 · F8F-1 · F4U-4 · F-80A-5 · P-51H-5-NA · P-51D-5 · P-51D-30 ·


Vehicles equipped with late M2 (turreted)

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Bombers  B-17E/L  · B-17G-60-VE  · B-29A-BN

Vehicles equipped with British M2

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters  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

Vehicles equipped with British M2 (turreted)

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Bombers  Beaufort Mk VIII · Lancaster B Mk III  · Lincoln B Mk II

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.
  • Armor piercing (AP) rounds have better penetration values when compared to most small calibre cannons
  • Retains kinetic energy and damage potential over a range much better than 7 mm calibre machine 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 mag-dump (continuous fire until the weapon jams or runs out of ammunition) the entire ammo load.
  • Makes up the bulk of the USAAF's armament with most planes utilizing 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.
  • The M2 Browning has 3 different variations, which all have vastly different ammunition belt types and how they are used.

Words of wisdom: Always check the belt composition on a new vehicle or when returning to an old aircraft you have not used in a while...before heading into battle!

History

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Media

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See also

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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
12.7 mm  FN M3P
13.0 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
13.0 mm  Type 2
13.2 mm  Type 3
Italy 
7.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT (7.7 mm)
7.92 mm  FN Browning
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT (12.7 mm) · Scotti M1933
France 
7.5 mm  Mle 33 · Darne 1933 · Mle 1923 · FN Browning Mle 38 · MAC 1934
7.62 mm  PKA