I heard where WWII stocks of .50 are being pulled out of storage and used due to a shortage of .50 cal ammo. However, the gun looks to be rusted as well.
Here's the photo.
It is rust
It's not rust, it's a specialized iron oxide coating.
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Some Gunner's Mate Chief is falling down on his job. I never saw any weapon in that condition in the whole time I was in the Navy.
The belt clips around the cases are steel, and could have left rust dust on the cases. The cases themselves have not rusted.
The rust doesn't look like it will hurt the gun but you never know without being able to actually inspect the piece.
If I was in charge of this crew they would be holding their asses and wondering how they lost a piece of it after I reamed them out!
Thats some gundeckin' gunners mates on that boat.
I've fired them before, but I would'nt wanna shoot that one unless I had to.
That's some nasty stuff. The gunner is looking at some brass in his gonads after a misfire. I wonder if he knows how to set headspace and timing.....
Its justa little sand and rust. Spray it full of silicone or graphite grease, set your head space at 2 or 3 (maybe 4)clicks and that MaDuece will ROCK and ROLL!!
It looks as if this ammo has been outdoors for quite awhile. Really poor condition. Other than that, it's a party mix. Some crunchy, some sweet.
I can't tell by the exact scale of the photo, but unless there's some severe distortion of perspective, that ammo looks bigger than .50 caliber to me. How do we verify the age and accuracy of the photo and news reporting? Do news reporters actually know what a real .50 cal. looks like. Maybe that's a .25 mm or .40 mm cannon shell.
I'm sorry, but those rounds look much larger than 50 caliber.
Not rust on the weapon itself. On the mount, yes.
The gunner should be on a least an article 15 for have corroded ammo and links rusted and brass corrode. In combat that weapon would probably have a malfunction within the first or second burst of ten rounds each.
Where are the officers in charge of this idiot maning that BMG?
This one case I blew up and circled (see that black dot in the center) looks like a case failure waiting to happen..
Looks like rust to me, especially on the recoil absorbers.
It may just be the angle of the photo, but those look more like 20mm rounds than a 50cal Browning Machine Gun rounds. Plus, notice the three different colors on the "bullets." Does the Navy have a 20 mm gun other than the phalanx?
That picture is bizarre. The gun itself appears to be well maintained, but the mount is corroding and that ammo should have gone over the side, not into the gun. It must be the perspective that makes the rounds look so big, but no lense made them look that ugly. I always figured squids didn't know anything about guns, but I was mistaken.
They don't know anything about ammo.
Send a copy to those yum-yums in Illinois who want to put gun manufacturers out of business. The photo looks phony.