Funny you should mention the ammo and links for the M85 ( 50 BMG) . A guy I know is sitting on a big pile of 50 BMG on the M85 links type links. He will eventually want to sell it off - he thought he would be shooting it but in his late 70s it probably ain't gonna happen. He did not realize the links would not run in the M2HBCurt Wolfe had a transferable M73 at Knob Creek and shot it up on the line.
He had done all the restoration work to get it running.
I never had any luck with M73's or the M219, but didn't have much time on them as I was trained on the M240 co-ax.
It replaced the M73 & M219's in service on the M60 series of tanks, and that happened right after I was assigned to my first tank company (B Company 4th of the Funniest, 4th ID at Fort Carson).
Reading the development history of the M73 it appears the designers intended for it to be manufactured using some expensive materials.
The pre-production guns ran fine.
The production engineers substituted materials and dropped some design features to save cost.
Some of that is restored in the M219, which still wasn't a good gun.
They had a lot of moving parts, but were smaller than the M37 that it replaced.
The M240 took back that space as it was about the same size as the M37.
NOW, the M85 .50 was a different story.
I had all our tank platoon M85's running well.
Kept them on low rate of fire, and on my tank I cleaned the slip ring in the cupola so the electric trigger and night vision sight had constant power even when traversing.
Hard to break peoples habits of oiling the ammo in the feed trays that would run down and foul the electrical slip ring!
Time was better spent making sure the links were properly seated on the ammo, the M85 doesn't use Browning links, they are more like the M13 links used on the 7.62 NATO belts.
I know for a fact it became a mission for Dolf to get one running right and after years of fooling with them I think it is the only gun he ever gave up on and threw in the towel.The really good news is that browning had nothing to do with the whole M73/M219 program so no need to feel sorry for the mistake he didn't make. JMB is still the king.
I've been collecting some bits and pieces for the M73 out of curiosity. Most stuff has been donated by folks who said, "what the hell is this odd looking piece, do you want it?" I spoke with Bob Faris at some length at a number of SAR shows about the guns and he had nothing good to say about them. Lots of cool stories about how not to do things though.
I'm confused as to the purpose of the M73. They were used on the Pattons and some smaller vehicles but were identical in weight to the 1919A4e1 which it was supposed to replace, but there was no useful upside even as a coax. They were pulled after just a couple years. If I remember correctly the M73 lasted longer than the 219.Worse Browning ever designed lol but if you find a home for that part let me know because I have a whole front end for one that I would love to see gone.
I'm confused as to the purpose of the M73. They were used on the Pattons and some smaller vehicles but were identical in weight to the 1919A4e1 which it was supposed to replace, but there was no useful upside even as a coax. They were pulled after just a couple years. If I remember correctly the M73 lasted longer than the 219.
Anyone know the point of the M73 Boat Anchor?
I can see the quick change barrel and the links, but the 1919's were converted to 7.62 NATO and Solenoid operated. It seems like a solution no one asked for to a problem that wasn't there.It was smaller than the M37 Browning.
It had a quick change barrel.
It was in 7.62 NATO not 30-06.
It used NATO M13 links.
It was designed to be solenoid operated, not actuated by the mount.
That is about all that comes to my mind...
Only the Canadians converted 1919's to feed 7.62 NATO using the NATO standard M13 links.I can see the quick change barrel and the links, but the 1919's were converted to 7.62 NATO and Solenoid operated. It seems like a solution no one asked for to a problem that wasn't there.
The WW2 German MG-81's had a cable to charge the bolt, and there are cable charging systems for Browning's.After seeing the charging handle chain I hate the M73 even more. Wonder if it turns on the tanks ceiling fan. 😆🤣😂