Top Tens: Machine Guns

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Tonight on the Military Channel the Top Tens Season Premiere is starting with Machine Guns. It starts at 10pm channel 253(comcast)

It should be a good show. I wonder what they will name #1?
 
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I agree the M-2 has to be the winner. The MG-42/43 is also probably pretty high, I bet there will be a few of the early ones like the British guns Vickers, Maxim, Lewis....
 
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Geeze, I'd go either M2 or M60. There are just so many.

On second thought, has be the M2. I loved firing those things. Fixing them, not so much.
 
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From my experience with this weapon platform, its not a Machine Gun its a automatic Cannon.

An automated Automatic Cannon.

I've had the privillage of watching live fire demonstrations of a Phalinx, Apache 30mm chain gun (a fixed gunnery trainer) and a 30mm A-10 cannon being fired.

The firepower of these weapons is unmistakable and unbelievable. They are massive cannons.

Several years back (12-15, hard to remember) at a American Legion machine gun shoot (they don't hold them in NH any more that I know of) I had the fortune to fire a GE Mini-gun. My god father bought me a 100rd belt of ammunition from a guy who was allowing people to shoot his.

It doesn't "sound" like a machine gun, it sounds like someone hit a steel pan with a hammer and then sustained that sound. And at 3000rd / minute (when set for "slow-fire") 100rds lasts 2-seconds of sustained fire. I managed to get 5 "bursts" by tapping the trigger while the barrels were up to speed.
 

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Thats not exactly correct, try 1/3 of that cyclic rate.

That gun would gernade itself at 1500 RPM.

http://www.inetres.com/gp/military/infantry/mg/M2.html
Sustained: Less than 40 rds/min, in bursts of five to seven rounds
Rapid: More than 40 rds/min, fired in bursts of five to seven rounds
Cyclic: 450-550 rds/min

If not the m2 its kind of hard to beat 1500 rounds/min and under 10 second barrel change. So what was #1?
 
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