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Capacity 100 or 400
Cartridge 12.7×99mm (.50 BMG)
Fire Mode Fully Automatic

The M2A1 Browning Machine Gun is a heavy machine gun (HMG) available in Squad. It is used by the U.S. Army, British Army, Canadian Army, and Australian Army.

General Information[]

The M2A1 Browning Machine Gun is a short-recoil, closed-bolt operated HMG. The M2A1 Browning is the modern variant of the M2 Browning machine gun, which was designed by John M. Browning in 1918. The M2 Browning machine gun was later adopted by the United States Army (U.S. Army) in 1933 and has been used extensively in almost every war the United States was involved in. The M2A1 is designed by General Dynamics in 2007 and was adopted by the U.S. Army in 2010 as the standard HMG. It is also used as the standard HMG for the British Army under the designation L111A1.

The M2A1 adopts many features from its parent, such as the M3 tripod, 1,143 mm (45.0 in) barrel, iron sights, and handles. However, unlike the M2, the M2A1 incorporates improvements such a quick change barrel (QCB) with removable carrying handle, a new slotted flash suppressor that reduces muzzle flash by 95 percent, fixed headspace and timing, a modified bolt, and a manual trigger block safety. Like its parent, the M2A1 uses 12.7x99mm (.50 BMG) cartridges.


  • The M2A1 is available to four factions, the U.S. Army, British Army, Canadian Army, and Australian Army. All four factions have the M2A1 as emplacements and vehicle mounted weapons.
  • Eight vehicles use a vehicle-mounted M2A1. Specifically, these are the US M-ATV (open-top turret and CROWS), M1126 APC (M2A1 CROWS) and M1A2 MBT (vehicle commander's CROWS), British FV432 APC (open-top turret), LPPV (RWS), Canadian TAPV (CROWS), and Australian Bushmaster PMV (PWS).
  • The emplaced M2A1 comes with an ACOG scope that comes with ranging marks. Unlike the Russian NSVT, the zoom level is fixed and does not come with a stadiametric rangefinder. But accurate ranging and sustained fire can be delivered easier due to the presence of ranging marks on the scope.
  • The effective range of the M2A1 is 1.83 kilometers.


  • The firepower of this .50 caliber machine gun should not be underestimated, as those bullets penetrate all current in-game armor and dispose of groups of enemy personnel with relative ease of pulling the trigger and holding it for a couple of seconds. It is is also able to penetrate thinner walls and the bulletproof windshields of other light vehicles, meaning that you're able to neutralize shielded or covered enemy infantry.
  • Though accurate, firing short bursts is extremely effective in long range engagements. The vehicle-mounted machine guns also overheat if the trigger is held down for too long, so firing in short bursts also lengthens the total firing time of the weapon.
  • Like all heavy machine guns, it features a long reload time. Conservation of ammunition will prove helpful to last through your ammunition belt instead of burning through it just so you do not have to reload at the wrong time.
  • The CROWS/RWS M2A1s found on some US, British, and Canadian vehicles come with a zoom and rangefinder function. Gunners should use this to their advantage for suppressing and taking down infantry at long range, or dealing rapid damage to lightly armored vehicles.


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