The Airsoft M2 Machine Gun.
If building an airsoft M2 machine gun makes you a cool dude, then consider Paul Piper of Piper's Precision Products (P3) to be the captain of the cool team. I think Paul Piper is a wonderful person. I mean, building an adjustable-power, airsoft ma deuce? Seriously? That's just pretty awesome. Not to mention some of the other stuff he's produced over at P3.
Look at this:
Photo Courtesy of X-Caliber Tactical
That's just a lovely sight (I knew you'd agree).
Here's a brief background on the airsoft version's real steel roots, as per the wonderful and talented, www.wikipedia.org:
"The M2 Machine Gun, Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun, or "Ma Deuce" is a heavy machine gun designed towards the end of World War I by John Browning. The M2 uses the .50 BMG cartridge, and is the source of its name (BMG standing for Browning Machine Gun). The M2 was nicknamed Ma Deuce by U.S. Military personnel or simply called "fifty-cal." in reference to its caliber. The design has had many specific designations; the official designation for the current infantry type is Browning Machine Gun, Cal. .50, M2, HB, Flexible. It is effective against infantry, unarmored or lightly-armored vehicles and boats, light fortifications, and low-flying aircraft.
The Browning .50 caliber machine gun has been used extensively as a vehicle weapon and for aircraft armament by the United States from the 1920s to the present day. It was heavily used during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as during operations in Iraq in the 1990s and 2000s. It is the primary heavy machine gun of NATO countries, and has been used by many other countries as well. It is still in use today, with only a few modern improvements. The M2 has been in use longer than any other small arm in U.S. inventory. It was very similar in design to the smaller Browning Model 1919 machine gun. The M2 is currently manufactured by General Dynamics and FNH for the United States government. FNH has been the manufacturer since John Browning worked for them in the 1910s and '20s to develop the machine gun."
Random ma deuce factoid time.
This little unit can, and has been, used as a sniper rifle when fired on semi-auto. Don't believe me? Google a fellow by the name of Carlos Hathcock, aka White Feather.
Photo Courtesy BobTuley.com
Then look for a section in his Bio where it says he not only set the world record for longest confirmed kill at 2,250 meters (2,460 yards), but he did so using a scoped, M2 machine gun that was mounted to a tripod, during the Vietnam War. Then tell me you're sorry for doubting my intelligence. I'll probably forgive you. Unless you hate airsoft or Miniature Pinschers (another story for another time). Mr. Hathcock held that world record until 2002 or so, when it was broken by a Canadian. I'm mainly mentioning that because the Canadians get such a bad rap on just about everything, I had to take this opportunity to show them some love.
Here's some info on the M2 Machine Gun taken directly from X-Caliber Tactical's website:
"Like previous P3 engineered air weapons, the M2 relies on a tired and tested external gas system that can be CO2 or High Pressure Air or an Air Compressor (150 PSI, CFM 20-25 is likely to be the recommended for optimal performance). The M2 HB has an adjustable cyclic rate of between 100-600 RPM through the use of inline flow control and is capable of firing between 200 - 500 FPS. It utilizes a highly efficient sealed valve system which only uses gas when the weapon actually fires, so there is no loss of gas pressure like in some traditional gas blowback airsoft products which sometimes utilizes gas to operate bolts or slides. In fact, the M2 R&D prototype has been field tested at 450 FPS using .45g 8mm airsoft BBs in conjunction with a 5lb CO2 bottle and reliably cycled over 5,000-rounds without expending the entire CO2 contents.
The M2 HB has a DB Customs™ 8mm tightbore barrel for impressive range and accuracy and features an adjustable hop-up that allows for fine tuning of the groupings of various weight 8mm BBs for various ranges and velocities. The prototype has been tested currently to ranges as far as 80 yards with flat trajectory impacts, but further testing is needed before the maximum range is known."
I should tell you, in the event your attention to detail isn't too sharp, it doesn't appear that this airsoft masterpiece is available for sale yet. Although, I could be mistaken. It could be MY attention to detail that needs some improvement. However, if you really want to know the current status of the P3 M2 Machine Gun, check out X-Caliber Tactical's website for more info. In fact, they even give you the option of emailing them if you're so inclined. What else can I say? Besides, "You're welcome."
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