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Army cancels XM806 .50 machine gun, will modernize M2HB instead
The Firearm Blog ^ | July 24, 2012

Posted on 08/10/2012 8:26:49 PM PDT by JerseyanExile

The Army has decided to cut the XM806 Lightweight .50 Caliber Machine Gun program. The XM806 was a scaled down version of the 25mm XM307 Advanced Crew Served Weapon, which was also cut before it went into production.

The XM806 was originally going to be deployed this year, but delays pushed the expected deployment date back to late 2013 or early 2014. Military Times reports that the money allocated to the XM806 will be used to upgrade the Army's .50 M2 Browning machine guns to the M2A1 version. Earlier this year the Army announced plans to upgrade every M2 to the M2A1.


TOPICS: Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: militaryprocurement; nationaldefense; usarmy
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That makes it, what, six supposed replacements that the M2 has managed to outlive?
1 posted on 08/10/2012 8:27:01 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

In a rational nation there would be a statue of John Moses Browning in every town square and his birthday would be a holiday.


2 posted on 08/10/2012 8:30:05 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Lurker

Gonna have to add A1 to my tag!


3 posted on 08/10/2012 8:34:31 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: JerseyanExile

And Great-Grandma Deuce keeps on truckin’...

}:-)4


4 posted on 08/10/2012 8:34:38 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: JerseyanExile
perfection is pretty hard to replace...
5 posted on 08/10/2012 8:37:30 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JerseyanExile

Geez, next they’ll probably be reviving the 1911’s.


6 posted on 08/10/2012 8:37:38 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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I do a post on his birthday every year. Eugene Stoner as well.

/johnny

7 posted on 08/10/2012 8:42:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JerseyanExile

There was the M85 piece of ookum-dookum they put in the M60/M60A1 vehicle cupolas. Nice idea, pull the black chain to charge the weapon, pull the red chain to fire. Yeah.

Then we went back to good ol spade grips Ma Deuce in an open ring mount. On M48’s no less! Right after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Lotsa mods on our tanks came out of that one. Strapping an M2 on the main gun isn’t a bad idea either. Instant co-ax!


8 posted on 08/10/2012 8:45:39 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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Looks like the .50 cal has out lived the M1911 in years as a standard weapon.


9 posted on 08/10/2012 8:50:59 PM PDT by Lockbar (I promise to move fire-wood twice a day.)
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To: Lurker

And the Boeing family too.


10 posted on 08/10/2012 8:51:43 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: umgud

“Geez, next they’ll probably be reviving the 1911’s.”

No... LOL!


11 posted on 08/10/2012 8:55:39 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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I'm sorry but that thing in the picture looks ridiculous. Just to look at the M2 Browning .50 caliber is to be looking at a weapon you know is going to bring a world of hurt down on whatever you aim it at.
12 posted on 08/10/2012 8:56:19 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: JerseyanExile
Ma Deuce Pictures, Images and Photos
13 posted on 08/10/2012 8:56:29 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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Geez, next they’ll probably be reviving the 1911’s.

Or upgrading those ancient B-52s....
14 posted on 08/10/2012 9:10:57 PM PDT by af_vet_rr
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“Geez, next they’ll probably be reviving the 1911’s.”

The USMC just awarded a multi-year contract to Colt for a whole bunch of modernized M1911’s.

John Moses Browning is the god of guns.

Send that Beretta .380 magnum back to the eyetalians please.


15 posted on 08/10/2012 9:15:11 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: Lockbar

I saw an article where the Marine Corps just ordered a bunch of M1911s, so I will be around for a while.


16 posted on 08/10/2012 9:16:02 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: JerseyanExile

The B-24 Liberator was famous for mincing japanese fighters. Each bomber had TEN M2 machine guns. A formation of four or more was considered impregnable by the japs. FORTY M2 machine guns — Imagine!


17 posted on 08/10/2012 9:46:58 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: umgud

one can wish


18 posted on 08/10/2012 10:07:54 PM PDT by ping jockey (We have arrogant jerks for leaders and WE will pay the highest cost.)
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To: umgud

The Marines are already doing that.

Warms my heart, especially since I was born on the 50th anniversary of its official adoption as THE service pistol.


19 posted on 08/10/2012 10:19:29 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Bibi to Odumbo: Its not going to happen.)
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To: Born to Conserve

The air war in Europe was won by the b17s and b24s. They shot down more nazi fighters then our fighters did


20 posted on 08/10/2012 11:48:58 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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