The M2 Browning is an American heavy machine gun designed in 1918 by John Browning. It has been the primary heavy machine gun of the United States Armed Forces since the end of World War I and is still in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. It continues to be used by its customers due to its reliability and because of the .50 BMG cartridge the weapon uses. It can literally amputate and explode limbs once its .50 BMG catridge is in contact with enemy fighters because of the cartridge's incredible size.
In Battlefield 1942 the M2 Browning is the primary heavy machine gun for the Western Allies: the US, UK, Canada and the Free French Forces. It is mounted on the M4 Sherman and M3 Half-track on cupola mounts, on the turrets on the B-17 and SBD rear facing ring mount and can also be found mounted in bunkers or on sandbag walls.
Compared to the MG42, the M2 offers more damage per bullet, and is more accurate overall, but has a considerably lower rate of fire. This makes it more effective at range, but less effective against groups of enemies.
In the base game, dual M2 Brownings can be found in the front-gunner's seat of the PBR patrol boat. Given that they are 2 machine guns, they have a high fire rate and are thus extremely effective in taking down enemy helicopters, light vehicles and infantry. They are, however, prone to overheating.
In Battlefield Vietnam's WWII mod, the Browning is the USMC's heavy machine gun. It can be found in the same places as they appeared in Battlefield 1942: mounted in defensive positions and on vehicles. It is mounted on the M4 Sherman, the M3A1 and the LCVP. Its performance is identical to that of the Stationary M60 in the base game.
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
In Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, the M2 Browning appears as a mounted machine gun on American and European vehicles, as well as mounted on sandbags. It has an extremely high rate of fire, and can damage all targets, even tanks. Continuous fire on a tank for about 10 seconds can destroy one, and infantry are simply blown away by 1-2 hits, making it a very effective defensive emplacement.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2 the M2 Browning appears as the Heavy Machine Gun mounted on the M1A2 Abrams and the M3A3 Bradley. The M2 Browning is used in a remote control configuration, so the user isn't vulnerable to enemy sniper fire. Despite its low rate of fire it is capable of killing quickly because of its extremely high damage.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam
The M2 Browning can be seen mounted on the player's M1A2 Abrams during the tank missions Thunder Run and Fear No Evil. In Thunder Run, Jonathan Miller is assigned to defend the tank by manning the weapon as the convoy proceeds to Highway 1, and it is also used in Fear No Evil at the start of the mission, and when Miller defends the Misfit 1-3 at the end of the said mission.
The driver of an M1A2 Abrams can equip the Browning via the Coaxial HMG specialization.
As in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the KORD serves as the Russian counterpart for their respective vehicles.