Weapons

Small Arms

Bayonets | Pistols  | Rifles
Submachine Guns

Thompson Submachine Gun
Sten Gun
C1 Submachine Gun

Light Weapons

Light Machine Guns

Lewis Gun
Bren Gun
C2 LMG
C9 LMG

Machine Guns

Colt Machine Gun
Vickers Gun
C5 General Purpose MG
C6 General Purpose MG
M2 .50 calibre

Light Anti-Tank Weapons

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank
Bazooka
M72 SRAAW (L)
Carl Gustav
Eryx

Mortars

2-inch Mortar
3-inch Mortar
3-inch Stokes Gun
6-inch Newton Mortar
9.45-inch Newton Mortar
C3 81mm Mortar
M19 60mm Mortar

Ordnance

Anti-Tank Guns

106mm Recoilless Rifle
2-pounder Anti-Tank Gun
6-pounder Anti-Tank Gun
17-pounder Anti-Tank Gun
TOW Missile

Guns

18-pounder Gun
25-pounder Gun
60-pounder Howitzer
C1 105mm Howitzer
C3 105mm Howitzer
LG1 C1 105mm Howitzer

Anti-Aircraft Guns

3.7-inch Gun

Grenades

Hand Grenades
No. 69 Grenade
M61 & M67 Grenade
Rifle Grenades
Grenade Launchers
Anti-Tank Grenades
No. 68 Grenade

Ammunition
Small Arms & Light Weapons

.303 Mk VII
5.56mm
7.62mm NATO
Pistol Ammunition
PIAT Ammunition

Ordnance

106mm Ammunition
Armour Piercing
Armour Piercing Composite Rigid
AP Discarding Sabot
High Explosive Anti-Tank
High Explosive, Squash Head

Terminology

Fixed ammunition
Proximity Fuze

C5 General Purpose Machine Gun

The M1919 Browning .30 calibre machine gun was widely used during the Second World War by US forces as both a vehicle mounted weapon, and as an infantry weapon in both medium and later light machine gun configuration (the former by fitting the weapon to a tripod, the latter by fitting a bipod and butt-stock). The weapon was also used by Canadian units, as a bow and co-axial weapon on US built light and medium tanks, as well as some Commonwealth tanks and armoured cars.

Canada adopted the Browning M1919A4, re-chambered 7.62mm NATO ammunition, and designated it the C1 for fixed applications and C1A1 for flexible applications. Product improvements to the gun saw them redesignated C5 and C5A1 respectively.

The weapon was used by Canadian infantry after the phasing out of the Bren Gun. A large ring was placed on the cocking lever on the right hand side for ease of use. Canada did not attempt to use the weapon as a light machine gun as the Americans had in the Second World War (critics suggest the adoption of the weapon as an LMG was not a successful one). Instead, in the infantry role, it was adopted as a "General Purpose Machine Gun", most often used in a medium role by the use of a light tripod.

The gun was also commonly used on Lynx armoured reconnaissance vehicles, as well as the M113A1 APC, M38A1 Jeeps, and Iltis 4 x 4 cars by armoured reconnaissance units.

The C5, in use by the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada while training at Fort Lewis, Washington in the early 1980s. Details of the tripod mounting can be seen. Photos courtesy Steve Marshall.


C5 on a vehicle mounting.

 


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