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Old June 19, 2015, 06:21 AM   #26
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Using the M-2 usually meant there was something between me and the target besides grass and trees(like an armored vehicle or sand bags) so that was a highly preferred position. The "Swedish K" was quite popular and available when I "might" have needed to use such a weapon. Other than those, I wasn't really tasked with using "go fast" equipment-more of a one shot at a time sort of thing.
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Old June 19, 2015, 11:43 AM   #27
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For me, it depends on what you're shooting at and who's paying for the ammo :-) I've shot a fair number, and it probably comes down to the specific types within each group (1st gen, 2nd gen, etc.) and class (SMGs, "assault rifles", GPMGs, HMGs).
My list, to the best of my memory:
M2HB
1919A6
MG34
MG42
RPK
AKM
Type 56
AC556
C7/M16A1
C8/M4
G36
Bren
Lewis
BAR
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C6/Mag58
C9/Minimi
Converted Glock
Converted Browning HP
Sten
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Thompson M1928
PPSh41
UZI
MP40
Converted Gevarm 22
Converted Type 97
M14
and a few others that have slipped my mind since.
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Old June 19, 2015, 01:14 PM   #28
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For SMG's my clear preference is the H&K MP 5 series.

For light/medium machine guns it's a toss up between the M249 SAW (LOVE the high cyclic rate if I am shooting someone else's ammo), or the M60.

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Old June 19, 2015, 07:57 PM   #29
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My fav is the good ole AR-15 in 9mm. I just got back from shooting one this afternoon.
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Old June 22, 2015, 04:38 PM   #30
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I've shot:
Mac-10 in .45 with the can (and without)
Colt XM-177's
Colt M-16s
Colt AR pattern Sub gun in 9mm
MP-5's of every description (K, SD, etc)

The MP-5s were sweethearts.

If someone was giving them away, an aircraft mount Lewis gun might be cool.
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Old June 22, 2015, 07:23 PM   #31
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I haven't shot all of them, so its hard to say what my true favorite would be; from my research an MP-5 is covetable, but here's another nod to the venerable "Ma- deuce" which I have actually fired.

But for pure fun.....the Thompson.......hands down.
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Old June 23, 2015, 03:39 PM   #32
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M-16
M4
M2
M60
Some Russian AA gun with four barrels we found in desert storm. We figured out how to work it then ensured all ammo was "destroyed"

I liked the M2 the best, I often volunteered to be on crew served weapons so I could shoot it.... Just don't rip off a fingernail while charging it, that ends the fun for a few minutes.

Outside the army I have no other experience. I'm sure there's some really fun ones out there.
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Old June 23, 2015, 11:47 PM   #33
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maybe it was just me, but I always had better luck using "palm up" on the M2 charging handle..
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Old June 24, 2015, 06:32 AM   #34
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SMG: MP-5, followed by Walther MPL/MPK in Portuguese trim.

RIFLE: STG-58 (or select-fire equivalent), or M14.

LMG: BrEn in 7.62x51, or M240, or maybe a Lewis (in 7.62x51).

NOT b/c I know what I'm talking about, but because I think they'd be fun!
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Old June 24, 2015, 08:43 AM   #35
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Of all of the machine guns that I've shot over the years, I'd have to give my biggest thumbs up to the Bren.

But, my absolute favorite, the one I would buy in a heartbeat, and I have NO clue why, is the MAS 38.

I just think it looks so damned strange and cool all at the same time...
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Old June 24, 2015, 07:03 PM   #36
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"maybe it was just me, but I always had better luck using palm up on the M2"

It has been awhile, but I thought we were taught that was the way to do it.
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Old June 24, 2015, 11:17 PM   #37
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The A10, of course.

It's a machine gun , with a nifty aircraft attached.

What is not to like?
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Old June 25, 2015, 12:09 AM   #38
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My experience is limited but the SAW is my favorite so far.
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Old June 25, 2015, 07:36 AM   #39
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Palm up is correct, talk to 18yo Rickyrick, he won't listen. 19yo me was better lol.

I'd love to shoot one of each MG in existence. Probably won't happen.
Mini gun is on the top.
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Old June 25, 2015, 03:55 PM   #40
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because

Since we're all over the map here, LMG's, HMG's, sub guns, GP guns, and even CANNONS for gosh sakes, I'm going to list mine.....

..........the Browning Automatic Rifle.

No, I have not shot one, I have not even held one! And yes, I am aware of the weapons short falls, no quick change barrel, ONLY a 20 rd box( as opposed to a belt) no easy way to load the mags, heavy for what it is, an automatic rifle, maybe other faults of which I am not aware.

But is is walnut and steel, genuine USA design from our nations top gun mind, and carried and loved by many in harms way and dealt with many of our enemies foreign and domestic, for 20-30 yr or so.

I will never own one, but someday I will shoot one.
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Old June 25, 2015, 09:30 PM   #41
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The MG 42/58 in 8mm.
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Old June 26, 2015, 03:26 PM   #42
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So many good ones, and so many I haven't shot yet. I'm most accurate with the SAW, but the Mk19 40mm grenade machinegun probably puts the biggest smile on my face.

I'm pretty sure that I'm going to be a big fan of the M60 if I ever get to shoot one.
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Old June 26, 2015, 05:55 PM   #43
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Ya know....I think the M60 was....."O.K.". Maybe shooting a bunch of action-fouling blanks help give me and my generation a less than generous appraisal.

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Old June 26, 2015, 06:21 PM   #44
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Fired a Bren Gun, and Sten in the Brit Army. Owned a Sten, and Sterling in Canada, stolen prior to my move to Florida. Fired an MG42 in Ontario!

4 and 5 round busts with the Sterling, awesome, across a room distance, very accurate, considering the huge bolt. Easy to shoot.
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Old June 27, 2015, 01:17 AM   #45
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Not technically...

a 'machine gun' but does anyone remember the old carnival game with the air compressor BB guns that looked sort of like a Thompson and fired like 4,000 BBs a second?? THOSE were awesome!!
I've fired a real Thomson SMG + the M60, M243, M16A2, M2, & MP5 but that old BB spewer was fantastic!
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Old June 27, 2015, 03:07 AM   #46
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As a kid, I spent enough on those BB machine guns at the carnivals, I could have bought a real one.

And even with the crudest and crappiest "real" one, I would have at least stood a chance of shooting out that star!

As a side note here, back in the late 70's, I did have a BB machine gun I got out of SGN, that ran on the Freon "recharge" cans. Kind of junky and Star Wars looking, but lots of fun.
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Old June 27, 2015, 10:30 AM   #47
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I seen an air soft gun in development for law enforcement. I don't remember the rate of fire.. But was pretty much a solid stream of air soft BBs. It could get through a windshield.

I want to add that to the list

Something water cooled in .303 Brit would be fun as well.
Can't remember names of things so much anymore.
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Old June 27, 2015, 08:33 PM   #48
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The MG3.

It's bascially an MG-42 but in 7.62 NATO. Freaking SHAWEET!!!
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Old June 27, 2015, 11:35 PM   #49
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Shot the MG1 (MG42 in 7.62NATO, first version) in the 70s, with the Bundeswehr. Their MG course is TOUGH. They had a "running man" target that did a good job of mimicking a running man. They gave you a 75rnd belt, and you had to get 50 hits to qualify!

Yes, I did, barely. That was a fun afternoon!
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Old June 28, 2015, 09:48 AM   #50
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I've read that the MG42 and its variants are still considered by some to be the best light MG ever made. I'd love to shoot one.
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