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    What happened to the .303 Browning machine guns used in RAF fighters/bombers after WW2?

    I was thinking they could have replaced the Vickers/bren guns and be converted to GPMG's like the M1919A6.

    Suppose they could have been converted to the 7.62 NATO Calibre.

    Apart from that, Does anyone have images of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutaway View Post
    What happened to the .303 Browning machine guns used in RAF fighters/bombers after WW2?

    I was thinking they could have replaced the Vickers/bren guns and be converted to GPMG's like the M1919A6.

    Suppose they could have been converted to the 7.62 NATO Calibre.

    Apart from that, Does anyone have images of them?
    If it is the same weapon as the .30 Browning, they were used by the British Army for many years after the war. An example would be the Saracen APC, which had Browning mounted in the turret, as did the ferret scout car.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brownin...19_machine_gun

    http://www.tankmuseum.com/single/saracen.htm

    http://www.tankmuseum.com/single/ferret.htm


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    Why would they want/need to do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Man of Stoat View Post
    Why would they want/need to do this?
    If you are referring to the re-boring of the weapon to take 7.62mm ammo? Then, the simple answer is that they did it to standardise ammunition. Better and simpler to produce one calibre of ammunition to fit all weapons, than to have to supply many different calibres.


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    The way that I read the original question was "were the aircraft guns re-used after they had been removed from aircraft that had been decommissioned?". Possibly in a ground role?

    I'd be interested in that too - especially wing guns. Or were they scrapped alonf with the rest of the plane?

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    No, my q was really why would the army convert A/C MGs into inferior ground wpns post-war during a time of surplus BRENs/MMGs ?

    Parts/training/infrastructure/support must be borne in mind
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    Did wing mounted MG's of the same calibre have the same:

    - sights
    - feed mechanisms
    - trigger mechanisms

    as infantry ones?

    Were the mounting points for internal wing mounting compatible with simple conversion to stocks?

    Were they the same weapons in other respects?

    I'd assume that there would be a lot of fiddly work in converting them to infantry weapons.

    As Man of Stoat says, why bother when there was no shortage of other infantry
    MG's already available?

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    I read somewhere (and now can't remember where) about partisans using machineguns "rescued" from a downed aircraft. I'm sure it was a fighter, because the use of bomber MGs wouldn't have been a problem (and hence I wouldn't have thought it so strange).

    As to postwar - yes, I agree that there was already a glut of standard guns. But one wonders whether the idea was ever considered, and as RS asks above, what would the technical difficulties have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutaway
    I was thinking they could have replaced the Vickers/bren guns and be converted to GPMG's like the M1919A6.
    They couldn't replace the BREN in the same manner due to weight, feed, role, etc., nor are they are suitable for SF.
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    The German MG15 was e.g. originally an aircraft MG, which, after it got replaced by machine cannons, was often converted into an infantry MG mainly used by rear area troops during a shortage of real GPMGs. Since it was not designed to be used with a bipod and to be carried, it was very bulky and arkward.

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    I have never heard any suggestion of using the .303 Browning in the ground role. It would have required various accessories, as already mentioned, and probably also a special supply of belted .303 ammo (the Vickers used a different belt).

    Finally, it would have faced limitations on its use because of its high RoF of 1,200 rpm, which did not meet the British Army's philosophy and would have required frequent breaks for cooling down. I don't think the gun had the kind of quick-change barrel that the MG 34 and 42 had.

    The .30 Brownings used in British AFVs were the same as the US ones, in .30-06 calibre, and fired at the normal rate of c.500 rpm.
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    Tony !
    Stop bringing facts and common sense into these MG discussions !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuts View Post
    Tony !
    Stop bringing facts and common sense into these MG discussions !

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    The browning tripod was issued to all units late 70s for bore sighting the SLR. School of Infantry Brecon used the .30 with tripod for many years as an enemy weapon. I never saw it used in the live role only blank. I saw it post Falklands so may have been captured but probably dismounted armoured car guns as ferret and Saracen were still using them at this time. If you could see a CES for the .30 browning issued to armoured vehicles you would probably find it comes with a tripod same as the L37 CES had a but, bipods and light barrel.
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    You cannot have such a high rate of fire in an air cooled ground machine gun with no quick change barrel facility. It would overheat too quickly. As an emergency expedient, fine, better than nothing. The idea of such an official conversion is, frankly, laughable, which is why only the sage "cutaway" is considering it...
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