Item No. CG-3700
The Browning Machine Gun
By Dolf L Goldsmith
Rifle Caliber Brownings in U.S.Service
This is th first volume of a planned multi-volume series on Browning
machine guns, written by an ex-U.S. Army armorer who studied and maintained
these guns and has since owned and shot a number of them in civilian
This profusely illustrated history covers all models of the U.S. Browning,
from the first "gas hammer" Model 1895 and the initial recoil-operated
Models of 1901 and 1910, through the adoption and manufacture of the
famous water-cooled heavy Model 1917 during World War I and the numerous
Interwar experimental tank and aircraft guns, most of which were built
up on surplus M1917 receivers.
Tank and cavalry experiments led to the development of the air-cooled
M1919A4 infantry gun, while Colt's heavy investment in the Browning
system paid off handsomely in the lightweight, fast-firing, dual-feed
M2 aircraft machine gun, which was sold commercially and made in large
numbers during World War II.
Existing stocks of the M1917 water-cooled gun were meanwhile retrofitted
to the improved M1917A specification, and the failed Ordnance Department
light machine gun competition, discussed in detail, resulted in the
The history of Browning manufacture by Rock Island Arsenal, Saginaw
Steering Gear and other contractors is followed by chapters recounting
the heroic use of the Browning in WWII and Korea, and all subsequent
variations, such as the M1919A4E1, the T151, T152, T153 and M37 tank
gun, until these fine guns were phased out after the adoption of the
general-purpose M60 in 1957.
Hard cover, 8.5" x 11", 552 pages, 568 illustrations.