Guys I have fire the ole Ma Duce before but can't for the life of me remember why you cycle the chargeing handle twice before fireing. I was asked this question and went brain dead. It was a familiarity training with uncle SAM when I got to fire about 100 rnds through one. But that was 1987 and too long ago for my blurred memory. Thanks WarDawg
Maybe Im going senile but I thought you only cycle the MK19 twice before firing?
the .50 is only cycled once,.and MK-19 is twice
you cycle it twice only if you insert the belt through the side without lifting the feed tray cover.
MK19 you charge, load, dry fire, charge, fire
Thanks guys. While I don't actually remember cycleing the M2 when we fired them , I have seen alot of footage where they was cycled twice. I got to shoot it while in Germany with the 4/9th FA ( Pershing II ) . Like I siad it's been awhile and many many beers ago. LOL. Thanks again, Wardawg
It is cycled twice.
Machine guns, caliber .50; Browning, M2 heavy barrel
Army TM 9-1005-213-10
Marine Corps TM 02498A-10/1
Air Force TO 11W2-6-3-161
August '92 edition. With some changes from '95 I think.
Chapter 2-7 NORMAL OPERATION
Ensure bolt is forward.
1 Open machine gun cover and insert the double loop end of ammunition in feedway until first cartridge is held by belt holding pawls.
Do not close cover when bolt is held rearward as damage may occur when bolt goes forward.
2 Close cover of machine gun.
To half load the machine gun, complete step 3; to fully load the machine gun, repeat step 3 before moving on to step 4.
3 Pull retracting slide handle rearward, retracting the bolt all the way to the rear. Release the handle.
-Then a note about the bolt assembly either staying back or not depending if it's set on single shot or automatic-
4. Press the trigger to fire the machine gun.
Doesn't say why it works that way though. It's probably in the FM for it's use.