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The .50 Caliber Machine Gun (also known as the M2 Machine Gun) is an air-cooled, belt-fed machine gun that was designed towards the end of World War I. This machine gun fires from a closed bolt, which operates on the short recoil principle.
The machine gun fires a .50 BMG cartridge, which offers long range accuracy and huge stopping power. The closed bolt firing cycle made this machine gun usable as a synchronized machine gun on aircraft before and during the Second World War.
The .50 Caliber Machine Gun has varying cyclic rates of fire, depending on the model. The M2 water-cooled AA model has a rate of around 450 to 600 rounds per minute, the M2HB air-cooled ground model has a cyclical rate of 450 to 575 rounds per minute, and the AN/M2 aircraft model has a cyclic rate of 750 to 850 rounds per minute.
The .50 Caliber Machine Gun has an effective range of 1,830 metres (2,000 yards) and a maximum effective range of 2,000 metres (2,200 yards).
This machine gun is effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly armored vehicles and boats, as well as light fortifications and low-flying aircrafts. This type of machine gun has been produced longer than any other machine gun in the world.
The .50 Caliber Machine Gun has been used extensively by the United States army both as a vehicle weapon and as an aircraft armament. This machine gun has been serving the U.S. military from the 1930s up until today. It was heavily used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Falklands War, the Iraq War, as well as the War in Afghanistan in the 2000s and 2010s. The .50 Caliber Machine Gun is the primary heavy machine gun of NATO countries, and it has also been used by many other nations as well.