Machine Gun, Cal. .30, M1917/M1917A1
The M1917 water-cooled .30 cal. machine gun was developed by
John Browning. The M1971A1 was the Army's standard battalion level
machine gun until the mid-1950s. The M1917A1 .30 cal. machine gun
was replaced by the M60 7.62mm machine gun.
- M1917 water-cooled machine gun saw service with the
last U.S. troops to enter France near the end of World War I.
The M1917 was tripod mounted, but was also used as an aircraft
gun. The M1917 had a rate of fire of 450 spm.
- M1917A1. Following World War I the M1917 was modified
and remanufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal, IL. The modified
weapon was designated M1917A1. Additional modifications were made
to new production machine guns. The M1971A1 was the Army's standard
battalion level machine gun. It saw service in World War II and
Korea. The M1917 had a rate of fire of 450-600 spm.
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