WW II Plane Crash Machine Gun

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    WW II Plane Crash Machine Gun

    BBC News - test firing a Spitfire machine gun

    "TV historian Dan Snow test fires a machine gun from a WW2 Spitfire which has been recovered from a peat bog in Co Donegal where it had lain buried for 70 years."

    This interesting tidbit was provided for the members of a small private forum of which I am a member. Following is all the forum member had to add.

    "One of John Browning's great works was dug out of a peat bog after 70 years and test-fired. No one here will be surprised by the result."
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    Nice machine gun!
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    How ironic that the Brits brought this old BMG back to life, given their political distaste for firearms.

    So now I can appreciate peat bogs for more than just Scotch whiskey!
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    They sure as hell don't make um liked they used to.
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    Interesting, I thought the guns on the Spitfire were 50s but from the looks of the rounds they were 30cal, still took a lot of German fighters out of the sky though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Interesting, I thought the guns on the Spitfire were 50s but from the looks of the rounds they were 30cal, still took a lot of German fighters out of the sky though.
    Yep, .303 cal.

    This article prompted me to do a little research, and found the Brits and even the Krauts used .30 cal MGs. The ME-109 had 4 MGs but added a 20mm cannon which fired through the prop spinner. Apparently the Yanks were the cowboys of the sky with our big fifties...
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    Outstanding post that was just to cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Yep, .303 cal.

    This article prompted me to do a little research, and found the Brits and even the Krauts used .30 cal MGs. The ME-109 had 4 MGs but added a 20mm cannon which fired through the prop spinner. Apparently the Yanks were the cowboys of the sky with our big fifties...
    See, size DOES matter!

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    Pretty cool video.
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    Browning Model 1919. I paid a pretty penny for mine and it is worth every bit. All except I can go through $1000 worth of ammo in less than two minutes.

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    Nice video!
    Did you notice the guys had all of the safety gear on but no eye protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    Nice video!
    Did you notice the guys had all of the safety gear on but no eye protection?
    Maybe because they were in a trench.To be perfectly honest,When I was trained to shoot the M16 and S&W model 15,M203 grenade launcher,M60 machine gun etc,in the Military in the 70's,we never wore eye protection,only hearing protection.
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    Very cool!!
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