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I used to fire 4 of those at a time on an M-55 mount, courtesy of the NMNG and the U.S. taxpayers. Great fun for the gunner, but not much fun if you were one of the two cannoneers tending to the .50s. I never knew sound could be painful until then. The .50s used for anti-aircraft had a much higher cyclic rate. One of my buddies said that during WWII his unit would take the .50s off a downed aircraft and ue them against German troops. They also captured a German 88 and used it against the Germans during an attack. They did this only once, since it brought U.S. artillery fire down upon their position, Seems the 88 firing from their position caused headquarters to believe the Germans had broken through their lines.
 

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Nothing like a M2 in the morning, you have to love tankers too. "Death before dismount," "Second to none"...
 
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