- Aug 25, 2005
- Reaction score
- Willoughby, Ohio
That sailor got a carrier named after him.Without power traverse (like on the M16 half track) I have to wonder how truly useful this thing was.
Pete, there is film of one of these in operation in the TORA TORA TORA movie, as I believe they have one defending the hangars at Ford Island. You can see one at 0:19 of this clip
but there is better footage of it in the film, a sailor with his shirt hanging off Sgt. Rock style firing at incoming airplanes.
I would certainly rate it as a 16 hex range wpn, 8 FP, but with a repair of possibly 1 (always thought the R# for the .30-cal HMG was a little high as well) because of the complexity of the system. Though perhaps shown here in a free traverse situation the pintel mount could be locked down with a quick release to better engage predetermined tagets and firer supports would afford a more stable firing platform. Coupled with a better (i.e. larger) sight I believe it would allow for good performance vs ground targets even tough quite sure sure its anticipated use was primarily against aircraft. JHMHO as I've never fired one.
Probably one reason it is still in service all over. Just don't lose your head space and timing gauge.FYI. The standard 50 cal has very easy T&E on the tripod. Can lock into an elevation and go side to side spraying a certain range.
Can lock both to basically hammer a certain point.
I've done the TOETs for it but never fired it - the infantry here were quite upset about losing theirs, though, as it was quite popular. But that was in a ground role, on a low-slung tripod with a number two guiding the belt, not trying to track a moving aircraft with it with a giant drum magazine attached to one side....Probably one reason it is still in service all over. Just don't lose your head space and timing gauge.
Doris used a twin water cooled .50 cal.