John Moses Browning (Manufacturer)
John Moses Browning was a highly successful gunsmith from Utah. Inspired by the work of Hiram Maxim, Browning began work on an automatic machine-gun. He drilled a hole in the gun barrel to divert some of the gas behind the bullet into a cylinder to drive a piston, which performed the various tasks of extracting the cartridge case, reloading and firing. Browning later invented a belt-fed machine gun capable of firing more than 500 rounds per minute. It was used by United States troops in World War II and the Korean War.
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 16.5" H x 48" W x 29" D
United States M1919A4 machine gun, .30 caliber on M2 tripod.
The air-cooled Browning M1919A4 light machine gun was modified from the earlier water-cooled M1917 heavy machine gun. While the M1919A4 had a slower rate of fire and was less accurate than the M1917 models, the significantly lower weight made it an ideal infantry weapon. The fully-automatic M1919A4 was normally employed by infantry companies. It was mounted on the M2 tripod or used as a fixed machine gun on armored vehicles. Approximately 439,000 M1919A4's were produced during World War II.