Machine Gun, Cal. .30, M1919A4/M1919A6
The M1919A2, the predecessor to the M1919A4 and M1919A6,
evolved from the Browning model M1917 water-cooled machine gun. The M1919 series
.30 cal. machine gun was replaced by the M60 7.62mm machine gun.
- M1919A4 was used as both a company level flexible light
machine gun on the M2 tripod mount and as a fixed machine gun on
armored vehicles. The M1919A4 had a heavier barrel with a ventilated
barrel jacket, but developed a slower rate of fire (400-550 spm) than
the water-cooled gun.
- M1919A5 was a modification to the M1919A4 for use as
a tank machine gun.
- M1919A6 was a war time modification to add tactical
flexibility by substitution of a bipod in place of the tripod and
addition of a shoulder stock and carrying handle. The M1919A6 had
a lighter barrel than the M1919A4. It had a rate of 400-500 spm.
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Maintained by Robert Sherman
Originally created by John Pike
Updated Saturday, August 07, 1999 6:35:42 AM