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New precision targeting on historic .50-cal machine gun can hit enemy drones.
Fox News ^ | 1/9/2019 | By Kris Osborn | Warrior Maven

Posted on 01/09/2019 11:41:56 AM PST by carriage_hill

The Army is revving up development and delivery of advanced targeting technology for its .50-cal machine gun to increase precision, widen the mission envelope and destroy challenging targets such as enemy drones, low-flying aircraft, light-skinned armored vehicles and troop concentrations.

Senior Army officials say the service’s Rapid Equipping Force has been fast-tracking improved "slue-to-cue" technology, new sensors and emerging radar-based targeting technology to give the .50-Cal more precision accuracy.

In service for decades, the .50-Cal has naturally been thought of as largely an area weapon able to lay down suppressive fire, enabling troops to maneuver by blanketing enemy targets with rounds. The weapon of course still has this function, yet technical efforts are underway to make .50-Cal targeting more precise, such that it could shoot down swarms of quadcopters or other commercially avail mini-drones configured for attack.

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Headline implies it can already down drones. Body copy says they're underway.
1 posted on 01/09/2019 11:41:56 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: PROCON

For The Bang List...


2 posted on 01/09/2019 11:42:38 AM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: carriage_hill

Poor suckers downrange might get clobbered—enemy or friendly.


3 posted on 01/09/2019 11:44:56 AM PST by SgtHooper (If you remember the 60's, YOU WEREN'T THERE!)
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To: carriage_hill
the .50-Cal has naturally been thought of as largely an area weapon able to lay down suppressive fire

Not for the snipers who use the Barrett M82.

4 posted on 01/09/2019 11:46:51 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Anything youÂ’ve ever said will be used against you.)
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To: carriage_hill

I remember our boy Chuck Schumer referring to .50 caliber BMG rounds as “bullets the size of bananas!!!”


5 posted on 01/09/2019 11:47:03 AM PST by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, rescue a pit bull.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Hornady amax bullet. Extremely high ballistic coefficient.


6 posted on 01/09/2019 11:53:03 AM PST by Bulwyf
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To: dainbramaged
bullets the size of bananas

That's why this magazine is called a banana clip.

7 posted on 01/09/2019 11:54:37 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed")
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To: dainbramaged
I remember our boy Chuck Schumer referring to .50 caliber BMG rounds as “bullets the size of bananas!!!”

What about a pointed stick?

8 posted on 01/09/2019 11:58:07 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: dainbramaged

Firing a half-million rounds a minute, just like an AR-15.


9 posted on 01/09/2019 12:07:18 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: SgtHooper

I forget where I heard this:

Down range, a .50cal BMG will rip the skin right off your face if it passes with 12-15” of your head.

Anyone know if that’s true?


10 posted on 01/09/2019 12:10:51 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: carriage_hill

A 50 cal heavy machine gun with auto laser aiming mechanism. That’s a scary thought. Mounted in the back of a plckup truck that is one hell of a mobile weapon I hope I never run into on the wrong end.


11 posted on 01/09/2019 12:25:03 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

there is a version I saw which is being used for sniping - took out some jihadi commander reviewing troops at a mile (I think) cut him in half. Forgot were I saw that but might have been on the war zone.


12 posted on 01/09/2019 12:30:12 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: carriage_hill

Probably similar or identical to the technology here:

https://www.tracking-point.com/

If so, I almost feel sorry for the people on the downrange side of that.


13 posted on 01/09/2019 12:30:36 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons is the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt, The Weapons Shops of Isher)
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>Down range, a .50cal BMG will rip the skin right off your face if it passes with 12-15” of your head. Anyone know if that’s true?

Maybe if you're that close to the muzzle. But otherwise, no.

14 posted on 01/09/2019 12:31:34 PM PST by Yo-Yo ( is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Lots of time behind the M2 .50 cal. It is one of the best weapons ever developed and so much fun to fire while being one of the easiest weapons to disassemble and clean. The only problem were idiots who would forget head space and timing.


15 posted on 01/09/2019 12:35:38 PM PST by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: carriage_hill

Mythbusters covered claims of this sort once, but they’re SJW’s, so here’s a link to demolition ranch covering this topic:

https://youtu.be/YrHpe5Z93wM


16 posted on 01/09/2019 12:36:21 PM PST by j. earl carter
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To: carriage_hill

Sounds like they’re talking about a scaled down C-RAM.


17 posted on 01/09/2019 12:38:51 PM PST by fightin kentuckian
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To: carriage_hill
"slue-to-cue"

Kris Osborn needs a clue.

It's "slew-to-cue."

18 posted on 01/09/2019 12:44:20 PM PST by Yo-Yo ( is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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"there is a version I saw which is being used for sniping"

Carlos Hathcock used to snipe with a 50 cal machine gun back in 'Nam. Ma Duce is quite versatile.

19 posted on 01/09/2019 12:46:40 PM PST by circlecity
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To: carriage_hill

It’s BS


20 posted on 01/09/2019 1:04:57 PM PST by Rannug (When you're dead, you're dead. Until then fight with everything you have.)
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