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“Displacing”--U.S. 101st Airborne M1919 Machine Gun Crew--two running figures

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Item Number: 25238

“Displacing”--U.S. 101st Airborne M1919 Machine Gun Crew

The German MG 34 and MG 42 machine guns were portable squad weapons and were very effective at sustained fire.  After laying down a base of fire, they were light enough to advance their position and move with their team.  The U.S. military had this job in mind for the M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle.  While portable, it was not sufficient as a sustained fire weapon due to its fixed barrel and 20-round magazine.  The M1919A6 was the attempt at a solution.  A 30 cal. M1919 was fitted with a buttstock, a front barrel with a carrying handle, and a bipod similar to that used on the BAR.  Unlike the BAR, the M1919A6 muzzle device allowed the gun crew to replace the barrel; an improvement, but still an awkward procedure that put the gun out of action for several minutes. 

Due to be released in JULY 2024.