Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Man-Sized Firepower

John Browning was the engineering genius behind several of the greatest guns of the 20th Century. His M1911 is one hundred years old this year and still soldiering on in Afghanistan -- maybe even in Libya. The same goes for his M2 .50 Machine Gun. His other classics, such as the .30 Browning Automatic Rifle and the 9mm Browning Hi-Power pistol have been pulled from front-line inventories after decades of service. Though those who handle the weapons still grow fond of them.

One such weapon in this last category is the M1919 .30 machine gun. This machine gun is a classic that served the United States on nearly every battlefield of WWII and on into the Korean Conflict. It even made appearances in Vietnam in the hands of the South Vietnamese army and mounted on various trucks and jeeps of the US forces.

This thing is a real beast, and just because it's old doesn't mean it isn't up for anti-zombie duty today. Especially if you have no respect for venerable history like that and have it chopped down into a shoulder fired variant. Watch out, Undead; John Browning was ready for you a century ago!

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