Browning .30 Machinegun
- See also German MG-42
The M1919A4 Browning machine gun, or Browning .30 Machine Gun, is the only light/medium machine gun available to you in the game. A basic machine gun, the Browning .30 Machine Gun fires a .30-06 bullet and has a very high rate of fire, a very high magazine capacity, and good damage. Only the gunner can use this gun, although it is also mounted on the halftrack.
It is inaccurate with lower rank gunners, useful for only pinning down troops, but in the hands of a MAX ranked gunner it is truly epic. He will shoot at multiple targets, giving each one a 3-5 round burst. A good gunner can cover five enemies in three seconds. When a gunner reaches a high rank, his accuracy improves, and the gun becomes a two-hit killer.
In Real Life
It is a sad fact that during WW1-WW2 line tactics were still much at use. However, at this point of time the machine gun had been perfected to be able to rain lead upon advancing troops and thus in the theater of trench warfare was a devastating weapon. By WW2 Machine guns were already being developed to be lighter, more reliable and better at raining death. Air-cooled machine guns such as the M1919 Browning .30 Machine Gun and the MG34 were effectively introduced. The Browning .30 Machine Gun was belt feed up to 250 rounds at a rate of fire of about 600 rounds a minute and had good defensive capabilities. The original A1 derative was, unfortunately, too light for prolonged sustained fire and yet, too heavy for movement. By the A4 mark it was adapted for use at a company level in 4 man squads within the American Army and allowed defensive positions to be made in the field to support advancing troops. The Browning .30 Machine Gun was unfortunately heavier than its previous machine gun, the Lewis Machine Gun, and was strictly outside of a Light Machine Gun Role unlike the BAR or the Bren LMG. Nonetheless, its capability in a defensive role was far superior due to higher rates of fire, round capacity and use in prolonged fire, but as a result less useful in an assault capability. Many M1919's are in use today with other armies around the globe.