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RE: 50 Caliber Machine Guns
Apparently the WWII .50 cal rounds are no longer used in the gattling guns -
too many hang fires that went off after the round was ejected.
[mailto:owner-KOREAN-WAR-L@raven.cc.ku.edu]On Behalf Of AMPSOne@aol.com
Sent: Sunday, October 13, 2002 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: 50 Caliber Machine Guns
All of the .50 rounds used in Korea were identical to their WWII types, and
in most cases were the same rounds produced for WWII (they were only 6-7
years old, which is short for the shelf-life of such items).
The only difference in the guns was the difference between the ground M2
M2HB as it was called earlier) and aerial M3 versions. M2 had a rate of fire
of 450-600 RPM and the M3 800-1100 RPM, with one version using a lighter
spring achieving 1300 RPM.