|Quoting AirRyan (Reply 1):|
Also, I believe that ramp mounted gun on the back of the Marines MV-22 was a M-240G, not a .50 cal - I don't think there is enough room back there for a .50 cal.
|Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 2):|
Plus the ammo weighs too much. Imagine this thing taking off with a full load of troops, full of fuel, AND carrying enough .50cal to do any kind of good?
|Quoting Dragon6172 (Reply 13):|
I think, but not sure, that it has to do with how much the would have to beef up the ramp to take the pounding from a .50 cal.
I wonder... just how mammoth do you guys think the M2 is????
The truth is, while yes... it's a large weapon... it's not this unreasonably huge gun that you're all making it out to be!!!
We mount two .50s to the floor of Black Hawks at the cargo doors. And we can carry two pilots, six crew, two M240B, fuel, special mission equipment, hundreds of 7.62 rounds, hundreds of .50s rounds, crew luggage... and STILL have room for bags of pogey bait!
So it's really not this insanely large weapon. The whole thing weighs in only around 60lbs (a little more if you need a deck mounting plate like what is needed in the -60s) and the ammo weighs about 300lbs for a 1,000rounds (which is kind of a lot... but if you mount two of them, then 500rounds per gun is still high, but can happen).
So it is certainly possible to mount a .50cal in the back of a CV
-22. But why would you want to? The Ospreys in Iraq are not performing the types of missions, nor flying in the regions, where extreme fire power is needed. A ramp mounted 240 serves them well enough.
Your men have to follow your orders. They don't have to go to your funeral.