M2 (12.7 mm)

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


Write an introduction to the article in 2-3 small paragraphs. Briefly tell us about the history of the development and combat using the weaponry and also about its features. Make an air or ground vehicles list on which this weapon is installed in our game.

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


  • 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.


  • 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!


Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of this weapon. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(weapon-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article.


An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on weapon;
  • other literature.

Aircraft machine guns
7.62 mm  Browning · M134 Minigun
12.7 mm  M2 Browning · M3 Browning
7.62 mm  MG3
7.92 mm  MG 15 · MG 17 · MG 81
12.7 mm  FN M3P
13 mm  MG 131
7.62 mm  DA · GShG-7.62 · PV-1 · ShKAS
12.7 mm  A-12.7 · Berezin UB · YaK-B
7.62 mm  L8A1
7.7 mm  Browning · Vickers E · Vickers K
7.7 mm  Te-1 · Type 89 · Type 89 'special' · Type 92 · Type 97 navy
7.92 mm  Type 1 · Type 98
12.7 mm  Ho-103 · Ho-104
13 mm  Type 2
13.2 mm  Type 3
7.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · Lewis
7.92 mm  FN Browning
12.7 mm  Breda-SAFAT · FN M3M · Scotti
7.5 mm  Darne 1933 · Fabrique Nationale Mle 38 · FN Browning · MAC 1934 · MAC 1934T · Mle 33 · Mle 1923
7.62 mm  PKA
8 mm  Ksp m/22 · Ksp m/22 Fh · Ksp m/22 Fv · Ksp m/22-37 R
12.7 mm  Akan m/39A · Akan m/40 · Akan m/45 · LKk/42
13.2 mm  Akan m/39 · Akan m/39A