Looking for moments when a great photographer meets soldiers and their firearms? Look no further, TFB’s daily Photo Of The Day article series is where you will find these. Above, and around, you see the Browning M2HB with U.S. Marines with the Ground Combat Element, Marine Rotational Force – Darwin. They have taken a defensive position during the final live-fire range, to be able to destroy simulated enemy forces.
This happened during Exercise Koolendong at Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, September 2020. Koolendong was meant to exercise the Marine Corps’ and Australian Defense Force’s ability to conduct a range of crisis response and contingency operations in the Indo-Pacific region.
It’s hard to take in that the Browning .50 caliber heavy machine gun has been in service since 1933. It is still in production by several companies like General Dynamics, U.S. Ordnance, FN Herstal and others.
M4 with M203 40mm grenade launcher.
Photo Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lydia Gordon