So there is this company called Central Wisconsin Armory with these guys who figured “you know what, we could probably take a M2 and double the firing rate…man, that would sound cool”….and it does!!
The company claims the weapon is 11% shorter and 22% lighter than a standard M2. The overall maximum range is shortened a bit by a shorter barrel but the effective range stays at 2,000 meters. The company claims its intent is to deliver more kinetic energy to a target with the same weapon system, which would be very helpful in say trying to stop a VBIED headed toward a checkpoint at a FOB.
Some specs from the company’s website…
Length w/ barrel 56"
Weight Gun 57 lbs.
Weight Barrel 12 lbs.
Caliber 12.7x99mm (50BMG)
Rate of Fire 900 Rounds/Minute
Barrel 36" Fluted/Stellite Lined/Threaded
Flash Hider 360 degree occluded
Feed Right Hand/Left Hand
Safety Sliding Detent/Quick Throw
While there have been other variants of the M2 that have had a higher rate volume of fire than the standard M2 as well (the rate of fire on the M2 was limited on purpose to allow for longer sustained fire), this is a good attempt by a company today to revisit this concept and apply it to our operations now.