US Navy ordnanceman Jesse Rhodes Waller posing with a M1919 Browning machine gun next to a PBY Catalina aircraft, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, Aug 1942, photo 2 of 3

Caption   US Navy ordnanceman Jesse Rhodes Waller posing with a M1919 Browning machine gun next to a PBY Catalina aircraft, Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, Aug 1942, photo 2 of 3 ww2dbase
Photographer   
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Library of Congress
More on...   
PBY Catalina   Main article  Photos  
Browning M1919   Main article  Photos  
Photos in Series See all photos in this series
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 28 Feb 2010

This photograph has been scaled down; full resolution photograph is available here (1,400 by 1,072 pixels).

Licensing  Public Domain



Did you enjoy this photograph? Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this photograph with your friends:

 Facebook
 Reddit
 Twitter

Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds


Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
1 Mar 2010 06:47:24 PM

All previous captions for this photo (including at the Library of Congress) list the weapon as a Browning M1919 .30 caliber light machine gun. A close look at it (especially the receiver) reveals nothing consistent with the M1919 but all features match the Browning M2 .50 caliber machine gun.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
13 Sep 2011 07:39:40 PM

Man let me tell you, that's a M-1919 .30 Caliber, Air Cooled Machine Gun, the PBY was armed w/ both the .30 and the .50 Check out the photo of that gunner swinging that .50 on the B-24 that barrel is big the receiver is big, that's the .50 Caliber. That weapon, looks small to be a .50
3. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
14 Sep 2011 05:02:31 PM

Bill: You may be right (if this is the M1919, then you also agree with the Library of Congress). Before submitting my opinion that this was the M2, I struggled with this for some time and I struggled with the very same issues you bring up it looks too small & too light for the M2. And the images where we see the muzzle, the hole looks smaller than .50 inches. If this is not the M2, I still wonder if it is the M1919, however. The gun certainly has many of the M2 design features as opposed to the M1919, most notably the twin luggage style hand-grips and thumb trigger. I have never heard of a M1919 fitted this way nor have I heard of the M2 design being scaled down to a .30 caliber. But if they ever made either one, perhaps one of those is what we see here. As an aerial gun, fitting the M1919 with the two-handed M2 style luggage grips makes some sense it would offer steadier shooting while aloft. Any armorers out there ever hear of that?
4. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
15 Sep 2011 11:26:48 PM

Upon repeating my pictorial comparisons between the M2 and the M1919, I am forced to back up on my opinion of 1 Mar 2010 and join the mainstream that these photos show the aerial configuration of the M1919 .30 caliber machine gun. Thanks to Bill for getting me thinking about this again.
5. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
4 Nov 2011 03:42:48 PM

CONTINUNING THE M1919/M2AN CONTROVERSY: The M2AN, .30 Caliber Browning machine gun was designed as a specific aircraft version of the M1919. The AN stands for Army/Navy the weapon was light weight, operating parts were built thinner and lighter and was air-cooled. Browning also reduced the barrel's weight and profile the M2AN was two-thirds lighter, than the standard M1919. The M2AN used as an aerial weapon had a Rate-of-fire of 1200rpm. This weapon also appeared in a twin-mount configuration with opposing feed systems, giving the M2AN a combined rate-of-fire of 2400rpm. By 1943 the M2AN was being phased out as a hand-held weapon replaced by the Browning M2 .50 Caliber machine gun. However, the M2AN continued to serve as air armament and training weapon. I apologize for not posting this information earlier, the nomenclature could be confused with the Browning M2,.50 Caliber machine gun that is also identified as the M2, whereas the M2AN is a .30 Caliber weapon

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code
 

 

Note: We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites


Famous WW2 Quote
"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us, they're behind us... they can't get away this time."

Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, at Guadalcanal