UNITED STATES WWII .30 CALIBER
MACHINE-GUN ACCESSORIES
The Browning .30 caliber machine-gun was first patented in 1900 by John M. Browning. The M-1917 and M-1917A1 .30 caliber
water-cooled machine-gun would start service during WWI and would see service through WWII and the Korean Conflict. The
M-1919A4 .30 caliber air-cooled machine-gun would be used in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. The M-1919A6 .30 caliber
machine-gun would be fielded with a bipod and shoulder stock. The M-1917A1 and M-1919A4 could be used in a ground role or  
mounted on vehicles and tanks.
The AN-M2 .30 caliber machine-gun would be used during WWII in aircraft.
Shown below are some of the accessories used with the M-1917 and M-1919 machine-guns.
MOUNT, TRIPOD, CAL. .30 M2, Serial Number 67255,
inspected by HMR with crossed cannon inspection stamp,
manufactured by THE ACKLIN STAMPING COMPANY 1942

The top, rear of the mount is stamped C59336 E.P.
1942 Browning M2 .30 caliber machine-gun tripod, above photo.
This M2 tripod was restored by QuestMasters in 2019. The entire tripod was sandblasted to bare metal and finished in
Brownells Baking Lacquer #083-037-024, Dark Parkerizing Gray. The transverse bar was re-blued with increment marks added
in white paint.
WWII tripods originally were delivered from the factory in a gray parkerized finish. The pintle socket on this example is steel,
fitted during rebuilding in 1945. Most WWII M2 tripods have a brass pintle socket.
M2 TRIPOD AND ACCESSORIES:
M2 TRIPOD MANUFACTURERS:
MOUNT, TRIPOD, CAL. .30 M2, Serial Number 67255,
manufactured by THE ACKLIN STAMPING COMPANY 1942.
The side of the front leg has been re-marked:
RE-MANUFACTURED 1945 THE APPLIANCE MFG. CO.
ALLIANCE OHIO

The top, rear of the mount is stamped C59336 E.P.
MOUNT, TRIPOD, CAL. .30 M2, Serial Number 117683,
inspected by HMR with flaming bomb inspection stamp,
manufactured by LOVELL MANUFACTURING COMPANY 1942

The top, rear of the mount is stamped C59336 LMC
MOUNT, TRIPOD, CAL. .30 M2, Serial Number 61609,
inspected by HMR with crossed cannon inspection stamp,
manufactured by BINGHAM STAMPING COMPANY 1942

The top, rear of the mount is marked with a B and the
flaming bomb ordnance stamp
COVER, TRIPOD, MOUNT, M2
This canvas bag, Drawing D30653, was produced by
CRAWFORD MFG. CO. INC. in 1943.
The bag was made to go over the front of the M2 Tripod to
protect the brass pintle socket. The pouch on the front was
designed to hold the Transverse and Elevation (T&E)
mechanism when not in use. The Pintle remained attached
to the M-1919A4 Machine-gun when being stored.
The example, shown in the left photo, is constructed from
khaki canvas with a draw string closure.
WWII Browning M-1919A4 .30 caliber air-cooled machine-gun with M2 Tripod, shown above.
M1917A1 TRIPOD AND ACCESSORIES:
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber water-cooled machine-gun with M-1917A1 Tripod, shown above.
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber water-cooled machine-gun cover, above photo.
This example was produced by BOYT in 1942. The case was produced in khaki canvas with leather fittings. The leather protrusion
on the side is for the bolt handle on the receiver.
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber
water-cooled machine-gun steam
condensing hose, left photo.
This example was produced UCHTORFF
COMPANY, DAVENPORT IOWA
The hose is Drawing Number D-35394
Revision Number 5, December 30th
1942 and packaged July 1944
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber
water-cooled machine-gun steam
condensing hose case, left photo.

This example is marked on the front:
STEAM CONDENSING DEVISE CASE
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber
water-cooled machine-gun tripod
socket cover, left photo.

This example is marked on the front:
COVER, TRIPOD SOCKET
C67345

This cover protected the brass azimuth
ring and pintle socket on the M-1917A1
Tripod
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber water-cooled machine-gun M-1
Water Chest, left and above photo.

This example is marked on the front: CHEST, WATER, M1.

The M1 Water Chest was used to collect the steam produced from
the M-1917A1 to collect it back into water and pour it back into the
water jacket. Water was used to cool the barrel during firing.

The example shown left and above is the second model of this can.
COVER, GUN, M13
This canvas bag, used to store the
M1919A4 Machine-gun when not in use.
This bag was produced in olive canvas
with a leather fitting that covered the bolt
on the receiver.
This example is marked: COVER, GUN
M13 8531749 MRT and was produced in
December 1952.

WWII examples should be marked D31749
WWII Browning M-1917A1 .30 caliber machine-gun tripod, above photo.
This M-1917A1 tripod was restored by QuestMasters. The entire tripod was sandblasted to bare metal and finished in olive
drab paint. The transverse and elevation mechanism, pintle block, adjustment handles and bolts and nut have been
parkerized finished. The azimuth and elevation increment marks have been re-painted in white.
WWI Browning M-1917 .30 caliber
water-cooled machine-gun M-1 Water
Chest, left photo.

This example is marked on the front:
CHEST, WATER, M1.

The M1 Water Chest was used to collect
the steam produced from the M-1917 to
collect it back into water and pour it
back into the water jacket. Water was
used to cool the barrel during firing.

The example shown left and above is
the first model of this can.

The three examples in the QuestMasters
Museum collection were found in
England in 2012. These cans were
scrapped after WWII and were found in
horrible condition at the scrap yard.
They have been restored by
QuestMasters.