Posted 3 years ago
These are two Browning .30 calibre machine guns from the collection. It shows in the photographs the restoration and before and after "re-blueing" (the final finish applied to the one weapon). The other is "Parkerised" (a greyish finish from the factory). During WW2 they were made by many different industries i.e this one is engraved "Man'fd by Saginaw Steering Gear Division. General Motors Corporation." and is engraved "M1919A4" (Model).
The one under restoration with re-barrelling and re-blueing is from our Daimler Ferret Armoured Scout Car as previously posted:
The last photo shows a dummy mock up Browning in the Ferret's turret mount that is being fettled ready for final refit to the vehicle. The Vehicle also has a tripod for the Browning, fixed to the engine bay armoured lid, so the MG can be demounted from the Scout Car.
The USA Browning .30-06 Cal was originally fitted to the Daimler Ferret on vehicle first issue because there were many left in the British Army's hands after WW2. So it was not unusual to find a 1940's MG fitted in a 1960's Armoured Vehicle, as in our case! In the mid 60's many .30-06 Cals were rebarrelled and rechambered for 7.62 Nato calibre before the Brownings were finally replaced with the British GPMG (7.62 Nato), which is still in service to this day. When the heavy metal floor plates in the Daimler Ferret were taken up during our full restoration; many, many .30-06 Cal brass cases (dated 1968) were found underneath where they had worked their way on firing, into chinks and access holes in the floor! In fact; one of the vehicle control rods was jamming and playing up...it was found to be a bent and crushed .30-06 brass case jammed in a control rod joint!!!!
The M1919 Browning is a .30 caliber medium machine gun that was widely used during the 20th century. It was used as a light infantry, coaxial, mounted, aircraft, and anti-aircraft machine gun by the U.S. and many other countries, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Although it began to be superseded by newer designs in the later half of the century (such as by the M60 machine gun), it remained in use in many North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries such as UK, and elsewhere for much longer. It is very similar in design to the larger .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Machine Gun, which is also a Browning-designed weapon and is still in NATO service.
Many M1919s were rechambered for the new 7.62×51 mm NATO round and served into the 1990s, as well as up to the present day in some countries. The United States Navy also converted many to 7.62 mm NATO, and designated them Mk 21 Mod 0; they were commonly used on river craft in the 1960s and 1970s in Vietnam.
The M1919 was an air-cooled development of the standard US machine gun of World War I, the Browning M1917, as designed by John M. Browning.