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carlz posted 09-18-2001 07:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for carlz   Send Email to carlz  
Coming back today from lower Manhatten to Weehawken our NY Waterway Ferry was overtaken by 2 USCG launches built on whaler hulls. Each one sported a pylon with what I would take to be a 50 caliber machine gun. I could not tell the size hull but they were quite large. Even without the gun they would look quite handsome.

I don't think I'll be able to put in at the GW bridge this fall, my usual practice.

dscew posted 09-18-2001 11:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
I have a 1991 Commercial Products Division catalog which shows the different gun mounts. 50 cal was the largest gun to be mounted, or another option was to mount a 40mm MK19 grenade launcher. Gunwale or floor mount. Pretty neat stuff!
bigz posted 09-19-2001 06:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
NY harbor was opened to pleasure craft as of yesterday afternoon (9/18) with certain minor restrictions and off limit areas.
witness posted 09-19-2001 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
On tuesday night I had called my friend who runs the marina we stay in (he is also in the Coast Guard Reserve) just to check in. In part of that conversation I had asked him if he got the 50c out of the shop to mount on the bow of our 25'. Jokingly he replied that the 50 was one of the few options we didn't have. So I was sort of wondering which 50 caliber machine gun would be considered OEM and who was the manufactorer. We are probably tuna fishing a couple of times in the next week and I figured we could double as coastal reienforcement.

Seriously though, God Bless America and may he restore peace to all those in her reach.

gbscrr posted 09-19-2001 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for gbscrr  Send Email to gbscrr     
That would be your basic "Maw Duce" or M2A Browning 50 Cal machine gun. Designed by John Browning and manufactured by numerous companies since just after WW1. Available through your friendly class III arms dealer (used)and with appropriate documentation will only set you back about $10,000 not including the mount. Also set aside about $2.50 a shot for surplus ammunition.

A piece of history and, like the Boston Whaler, a timeless classic.

Dr T posted 09-19-2001 06:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
Hmmmmm. Does that price include a system for cooling the barrel with salt water?

triblet posted 09-20-2001 12:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
There are a couple of pictures of Coasties
aboard at 25' whaler in Boston Harbor
at .
Click photos, and scroll through. They are
currently photos 28 & 29, but the numbers
will increase as new photos are added (Each
time they add a photo, it because #1 and all
the others increment).


Volition posted 09-29-2001 02:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Volition  Send Email to Volition     
Here in San Francisco I've seen pictures on the news and in the WSJ of the Coasties zipping around NY harbor in their 22 Outrages with .50's. This all fine & good, nice duty too, but I think the bad guys have bugged out. Gives the Coasties something to do besides hasseling recreational boaters I guess...

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