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Old June 23, 2018, 12:58   #1
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date ID on M2 BMG by Savage Arms

Hi folks,
I'm about to buy an airplan M2 .50 BMG made by Savage Arms.
Serial is 1.223.xxx

Is it WW2?
anybody got a list with dates?
Also, it has the FJA acceptance stamp.

Thx
Paco

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Old June 24, 2018, 14:15   #2
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Some forums say that the Savage serial numbers for the 50 BMG started around 200,000. But I have not been able to verify this.

However, Savage received a contract around 1939, along with ten other companies, to manufacture M2's because Colt could not keep up with production requirements. This contract required a production rate of 300,000 50 cal machine guns by Pearl Harbor (Dec 1941).

This was beneficial to the later US war requirements because all of Colt's machine guns were essentially hand fitted during the build. This contract allowed the implementation of modern mass production and assembly line techniques. Additionally, acceptance standards were unified so that any manufacturer's parts could be used in another weapon.
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Old June 24, 2018, 16:23   #3
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Ok, thx for the info.

I bought it anyway. Paperwork is inbound to get it imported.

Still functional
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This was beneficial to the later US war requirements because all of Colt's machine guns were essentially hand fitted during the build. .
Interesting. Two of the 24 M2s on my property book @ 2006-2007 were Colts (serial 35xxx and 41xxx IIRC), in original factory configuration.

Of course the Brigade Support Battalion updated them while I was 'away'.
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