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Improved .50-caliber machine gun hits fleet | MarineCorpsTimes
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Improved .50-caliber machine gun hits fleet | MarineCorpsTimes

Marine units have received an upgraded .50-caliber machine gun that aims to make firing quicker, safer and less visible to the enemy.

Marine Corps Systems Command officials in Quantico, Virginia, released information Thursday about the upgrades, which include a quick-change barrel, fixed headspace and timing, and a flash hider that reduces the machine gun’s signature by 95 percent at night.

“The improved M2A1 makes Marines more lethal because they’re able to get rounds down range quicker,” said Maj. Harry Thompson, team lead for General Purpose Weapons at the command.

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