M2 Browning Machine Gun

FM 23-65 – Preface


This manual is intended to provide technical information, training techniques, and guidance on the Browning machine gun caliber .50 HB, M2. Unit leaders and the designated gunners will find this information invaluable in their efforts to successfully integrate this automatic weapon into their combat operation. All instruction can be given either on the range or in the vicinity (concurrent training stations).

The material contained herein is applicable without modification to nuclear and conventional warfare.

Trainers must see that safety procedures are observed at all times. Commanders, trainers, and individual students must all remember that safety is everyone’s responsibility. All training should be conducted as though the weapon is fully loaded. At no time while using this manual will speed or accuracy override safety procedures. Safe training is good training.

The proponent of this publication is US Army Infantry School. Send comments and recommendations on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Commandant, US Army Infantry School, ATTN: ATSH-IN-S3, Fort Benning, GA 31905-5593.


Unless this publication states otherwise, masculine nouns and pronounsdo not refer exclusively to men.


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