the Little Brother of the Browning M1917 (Heavy) Machine Gun-the
Browning Model 1919 (Medium) Machine Gun. Although lighter than Big
Brother at a svelte 40 pounds with tripod, you'll never see a
bayonet lug on M1919 or its variants.
Rather, you will see a slotted barrel jacket on this
This Browning was designed and produced in 1919.
The front sight is fore of the M1919 receiver, ahead of
its 24-inch barrel.
Like Big Brother, the M1919 Browning Machine Gun is fed
with a 250-round cloth belt and is chambered for the .30-06
Springfield (U.S.). In the 1903 Springfield rifle and the M1 Garand
that came later, the .30-06 Springfield proved to be a lethal
battlefield round capable of reaching out to great distances and
"touching" enemy combatants.
Fired from the belt-fed Browning M1919, this
armor-piercing round brought death and destruction to German and
Japanese combatants in World War II-and wars into the 20th
century-easily defeating thin armor-plated vehicles and body
The Browning M1919 has been chambered in .303 British,
8mm Mauser and 7.62x51mm NATO. In the latter case, it was used by
NATO forces and other militaries.
Our Navy used a converted M1919 version, the Mk 21 on
riverboat duty in Nam.
I own a sporterized Springfield 1903-A-3 rifle for
hunting. Having taken buffalo and heavy big game with it, I would
hate to be a critter on the .30-06 receiving end.
I can't imagine being an enemy combatant on the
receiving end of the M1919, with its withering 400 to 600 rounds per
minute rate of fire.
The M1919 is recoil-operated and has a muzzle velocity
of 2,800 feet per second.
This Browning machine gun was produced until the end of
It has been used for infantry, cavalry, aircraft and
Although nudged aside by the more modern M60 machine gun
(can you say Vietnam-era) in 7.62, the M1919 has seen service into
the 20th century.
Like former Browning's, it has a reputation for accuracy to
distance-with a maximum to 1500 yards.