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    The Marine's WW2-era "Stinger": Jury rigged, portable, Frankenstein machine gun!

    This gun was cobbled together in the Pacific war in 1944 from parts from at least 3 different weapons, including the HIGH rate of fire AN/M2 aircraft version of the standard infantry M1919 Browning machine gun. The standard M1919 rate of fire was 400-600 rounds per minute(6-10 bullets per second). But the aircraft version(AN/M2) rate of fire was 1,200-1,400 rounds per minute(20-23 bullets per second)! This thing was big, heavy, difficult to control, and its barrel tended to overheat quickly(which wasnt a problem when the AN/M2 was installed in airplanes flying at over 250-400mph, with LOTS of high-speed wind blowing over the barrel, cooling it rapidly)!

    So only a few were hand-built. But a medal of honor was won by a soldier using a Stinger. Supposedly only 1 still exists.


    Standard US M1919 Browning general purpose machine gun:
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    "Stinger": Antiaircraft AN/M2 version of M1919 + other parts
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    Re: The Marine's WW2-era "Stinger": Jury rigged, portable, Frankenstein machine gun!

    The Germans did it right with the MG42. Still required a two man crew, but you could change out the barrels quickly after they over heated, and for a moveable battlefield machine gun, the rate of fire was impressive.
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    Re: The Marine's WW2-era "Stinger": Jury rigged, portable, Frankenstein machine gun!

    Quote Originally Posted by Court Jester View Post
    The Germans did it right with the MG42. Still required a two man crew, but you could change out the barrels quickly after they over heated, and for a moveable battlefield machine gun, the rate of fire was impressive.
    Thats because they had actually "bothered" to develop new, more modern, portable machine guns designed for something other than stagnating in trenches for months at a time like in WW1. Our main machine designer(John Browning) died in the mid 1920s.

    But the Germans ignored the fact that theyd agreed not to militarize, and they designed a revolutionary machine gun in the mid 30s, the MG34, then in the early part of WW2, they improved upon that already great design with the MG42. It was so good that its basically still used as the primary machine gun in several armies, although its now called the MG3. There are a few minor improvements, but its still basically an MG42, but with a lower rate of fire.

    The M1919 may not have been as light and efficient as the MG34 or MG42, but it worked pretty well. Well enough that it was still in use in the Korean war, and even the Vietnam war in small numbers, though the M60 was our primary Vietnam era machine gun.

    The M60 had some design features taken from the MG42, but there were issues with the M60, and I'd bet the MG3 was/is still better....
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