The M1917 Browning machine gun is a heavy machine gun used by the United States armed forces in World War I, World War II, Korea, and to a limited extent in Vietnam; it has also been used by other nations. It was a crew served, belt-fed, water-cooled machine gun that served alongside the much lighter air-cooled Browning M1919. The combined weight of the gun (filled with water) and full magazine of 250 rounds would equate to about 100 lbs (45 kg). It was used at the battalion level, and often mounted on vehicles (such as a jeep).
The M1917 MG Low Weight is the standard variant of the weapon, featuring a bipod attachment. As with other "Low Weight" machine guns, it will gain improved accuracy the longer it is fired without stopping.
The M1917 is currently the only weapon which faces to the right in the menus, with all other weapons facing to the left. It also faces the opposite direction in the killfeed, barrel pointing towards the user, rather than towards the victim—a change made to the killfeed at the game's release.
The weapon has an easter egg skin, "An Escalation", which is obtainable by completing an easter egg on the map Albion.