Took these photos a while back at CFM. Never published them since the glare from the display cases played havoc on the image quality. So we keep stuff like this for internal use.
But I had a conversation with someone recently about why they are selling their M2’s and I can’t say I blame them. So as it stands, the only way you will see 50BMG guns around here is though pics of someone else’s collection.
I’ve learned to never say never. But any scenario where one of these comes into the armory would be if it made financial sense. Which usually involves immediately flipping the item.
Personally, I would actually prefer a small mountain howitzer than something like a 50. Why? The howitzer isn’t pretending to be a gun. It’s a cannon. And you treat it as such.
The M2’s in many cases trick private collectors into thinking they are just big firearms. While legally they are. Logistically they are more akin small cannons.
Recoil and overpressure / concussion is substantial. Extremely expensive to operate. Generally not even as accurate as your grandpa’s 30-30. If you shoot anything at even moderate rifle ranges, you’re guaranteed to destroy something: most likely the target and stands.
And for all that goodness, you’re rewarded with the distinct possibility of having stuff fly back at the shooter or having a bounce so significant, it’ll exit the danger buffers of all but the very largest of civilian ranges.
They kinda suck.
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