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Posted: 8/27/2004 6:20:47 PM EST
Where there any?
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:26:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 6:32:22 PM EST by GomerPyle]
Only .50 cal I've ever heard about from Vietnam was Carlos Hathcock's modified M2 Browning machine gun.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:29:32 PM EST
I don't think they were even invented yet. If so, they didn't make it to Vietnam.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:32:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:
Only .50 cal I've ever hear about from Vietnam was Carlos Hathcock's modified M2 Browning machine gun.



Damn right. I have seen pics, its fucking great. Little un-imposing scope on a huge M2. Hathcock's the man.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:36:41 PM EST
Had a guy I work with tell me that he was a sniper for 8 months in vietnam and had a bolt action .50 cal which I thought was BS also. I knew of Hathcock using the M-2 with a scope on it. I told him I have a Barrett m-99 but it didn't phase him. I'm having a hard time believing him. I've never heard of anybody using one.

well Kerry probably did!
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:36:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:
Only .50 cal I've ever hear about from Vietnam was Carlos Hathcock's modified M2 Browning machine gun.



Damn right. I have seen pics, its fucking great. Little un-imposing scope on a huge M2. Hathcock's the man.



He made a 2500 yard kill with one. He only had an 8x Unertl scope on it, too, IIRC.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:36:43 PM EST
A modified Russian PTRD in .50 BMG was tested during the Korean war by the Army with good success. I have not read anywhere of the .50 BMG cartridge being used in anything other than an M2 during Vietnam.

Here is the PTRD
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:43:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By COZ:
Had a guy I work with tell me that he was a sniper for 8 months in vietnam and had a bolt action .50 cal which I thought was BS also. I knew of Hathcock using the M-2 with a scope on it. I told him I have a Barrett m-99 but it didn't phase him. I'm having a hard time believing him. I've never heard of anybody using one.

well Kerry probably did!

It ain't true.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:44:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2004 6:45:25 PM EST by captainpooby]

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:
Only .50 cal I've ever hear about from Vietnam was Carlos Hathcock's modified M2 Browning machine gun.



Damn right. I have seen pics, its fucking great. Little un-imposing scope on a huge M2. Hathcock's the man.



He made a 2500 yard kill with one. He only had an 8x Unertl scope on it, too, IIRC.



I dont think it was that far, more like 1500 yds.
The Canucks in the Stan set the record under that distance I think. Something like 2400 yards.
Just checked Google, 2430 meters.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:46:30 PM EST
Actually ... William Brophy and Francis Conway (US Army Ret.) played with very similiar rifles from the late 40s to mid 50s in the US. ... they were also used in VN.

Gunny wasn't the first to mount a Unertl on an M2. Was done in Korea also.

Your friend may be telling the truth .. depending entirely on the circles he ran in.

But then ... he may be as full of shit as a Christmas turkey too.

BK
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:47:29 PM EST

Originally Posted By captainpooby:

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:

Originally Posted By GomerPyle:
Only .50 cal I've ever hear about from Vietnam was Carlos Hathcock's modified M2 Browning machine gun.



Damn right. I have seen pics, its fucking great. Little un-imposing scope on a huge M2. Hathcock's the man.



He made a 2500 yard kill with one. He only had an 8x Unertl scope on it, too, IIRC.



I dont think it was that far, more like 1500 yds.
The Canucks in the Stan set the record under that distance I think. Something like 2400 yards.
Just checked Google, 2430 meters.

Google just told me Hathcock's shot was approx 2250 meters.
Link Posted: 8/27/2004 6:52:54 PM EST
It says 2500 yards in his biography Marine Sniper. I found some web pages that listed it as 2500 meters. I've watched the video of him talking about it, and I thought he said then that it was 2500 yards, but I can't remember for sure. Not that it really matters, anyway. It was a hell of a shot, by a great sniper.
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