What would John Moses Browning say?

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What would John Moses Browning say?

#1 Post by gundownunder » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:06 pm

I received this in an email, and thought it worth sharing.

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#2 Post by HawkCreek » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:02 pm

I doubt he'd be surprised since Hathcock did the same thing 50 years ago in Vietnam. The Browning .50 is an amazing machine. I'm glad I got the opportunities to shoot the ones that I did.

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#3 Post by JB » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:17 pm

I'd say John would say the sniper got very lucky.

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#4 Post by piller » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:06 pm

I have fired one in training once. That is still an impressive piece of weaponry even if it is twice my age.
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#5 Post by fordwannabe » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:33 pm

JMB “I told you it would work.”
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#6 Post by gamekeeper » Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:50 am

fordwannabe wrote:
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JMB “I told you it would work.”
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#7 Post by 2ndovc » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:25 am

fordwannabe wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:33 pm
JMB “I told you it would work.”
Ha!

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#8 Post by wolfdog » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:09 am

I wish I could remember where but sometime decades ago in the dark ages I read an article about JMB and the M2. It said that when the army put out a request for a heavy machine gun after seeing that such a thing could be useful with the advent of armored vehicles during WW1. Ole John Moses presented them with a working prototype in something like 3 weeks. He just scaled up the 1919 and it's 30.06 cartridge to accommodate the 50 cal desired and sicked his resident machinists and ammo makers on it and the rest is history. Could have been a bunch of hooey but I read this back before Al Gore invented the internet.

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#9 Post by JB » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:25 am

fordwannabe wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:33 pm
JMB “I told you it would work.”
Yes, he did a pretty good job with that one!

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#10 Post by FWiedner » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:34 pm

HawkCreek wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:02 pm
I doubt he'd be surprised since Hathcock did the same thing 50 years ago in Vietnam. The Browning .50 is an amazing machine. I'm glad I got the opportunities to shoot the ones that I did.
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#11 Post by marlinman93 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:45 pm

I can't help but wonder why a special forces sniper would choose to use the Browning machine gun equipped with a "special sight" when they have all the exotic equipment and guns in their arsenal? Seems like he'd be handicapping himself, or just doing it to set some record with that gun?
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#12 Post by FWiedner » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:55 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
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I can't help but wonder why a special forces sniper would choose to use the Browning machine gun equipped with a "special sight" when they have all the exotic equipment and guns in their arsenal? Seems like he'd be handicapping himself, or just doing it to set some record with that gun?
I picture it as a "Here... Hold my beer..." moment.

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#13 Post by jeepnik » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:58 pm

My first thought on reading the title was exactly what others have said. Heck, Carlos did that years ago. But the youngsters of today probably think they invented something new.

One though did occur. The Brit did it with modern optics specially made for the job. I strongly suspect Carlos did it with something he cobbled together in the field. A bit of a difference there.
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#14 Post by gundownunder » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:17 pm

It might have been a "here, hold my beer" moment, but can you imagine the intimidation factor at the other end of the field when the C.O suddenly flies apart right before their eyes :shock:
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#15 Post by GunnyMack » Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:18 pm

If I remember right Hathcock used the same Redfield 3-9 that he used on his bolt action rig. Yes the mount was cobbled together.

As for the remaining bad guys the sniper should have sent a nice long burst their way after Achmed came apart at the seams!

I remember seeing a movie about JMB, I believe that he developed the BAR in something like 72 or 96 hours and showing up at Army trials and winning the contract.

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#16 Post by Tonto » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:02 pm

As my hero Donald Trump would say, "Fake News". Marlinman said it right. Unless it was dire straits ....and in that case, the insurgents would have gotten a 200 round belt full......It don't make sense. One shot with an ill sighted gun with a 10 pound trigger pull when there's better choices laying around. How did they know that the hit took off his arm and shoulders?

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#17 Post by Griff » Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:34 pm

The only "...here, hold my beer..." moment in this story is when the machine-gunner sez to his mate... "listen... we're going to tell the press guy that what 'appened is..."
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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#18 Post by Paladin » Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:43 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:45 pm
I can't help but wonder why a special forces sniper would choose to use the Browning machine gun equipped with a "special sight" when they have all the exotic equipment and guns in their arsenal? Seems like he'd be handicapping himself, or just doing it to set some record with that gun?

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Re: What would John Moses Browning say?

#19 Post by marlinman93 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:31 am

Seems the sniper had the time to adapt a good scope to the .50BMG. Then had time to OK the shot with higher command too. Not sure why he'd be in a situation where he was a qualified sniper, and not also have the correct equipment?
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