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More Old Skool Gun Pr0n...

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Butts fires twin .50 caliber machine guns during a live-fire training exercise on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, March 26, 2013. Boxer is under way conducting training off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Butts fires twin .50 caliber machine guns during a live-fire training exercise on the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, March 26, 2013. Boxer is under way conducting training off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin

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Twin Bofors would have been more old skool.
 
  ......or Orlikons?
 
 The Ma Deuce dates back to 1918, older than both of those others.  Puh-leeze.
 
  I bow to the armorer, but ask, when were they "twinned"? My short "research" on line shows maybe 1942, late. Ma deuce has always been awsome.
 
I thought mil training was suspended under "sequestering"?
 
Amazing that no one has come up with a better design than John Moses Browning in close to 100 years.
 
All thnat beautifull Brass falling into the water!  What a waste /sarc 
 
Glenn, not only wre they twinned, the Army built a number of platforms with quad fifties for use as mobile antiaircraft weapons, including mounts on half tracks and six-by trucks. I remember a halftrack with a quad fifty mount by the gates of Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. The Navy even tried out a quad mount on the PBRs in '68, but it was too heavy, partly because of the enormous amount of ammo it would have needed.
 
My favorite story about that weapon has to do with a Tiger Cruise. The blogger "hellinahandbasket" was invited aboard USS McFaul by his friend Kathy Woods, a Sonarman, Second Class.  (she keeps a blog, too, but hasn't posted in a coon's age)

   He took lotsa pictures. Among the pictures he took were some of an eight-year-old girl operating that weapon, in good style. He said she used short bursts, walked the splashes up to the target, stopped shooting when she started missing, etc. That little girl was a natural-born machine gunner, though they had to get a box for her to stand on, to make her tall enough to work the thing.
 
P.s. Woods is another weird person. Her main blog is in Esperanto.  She dropped out of grad school right after 9/11 to enlist in the Navy. She is a spherical nerd, that is, a nerd any way you look at her. Not only is she a sonar nerd, but also a gun nerd (she was on her ship's pistol competition team), and also runs SETI@home on her home computer.

She has complained that the combination of sitting in front of the sonar display and the yummy Navy cookies have made her fatter than she would like to be.