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The M63 Mount for the .50 cal BMG was adopted in May 1944 and was used as a lighter alternative to the heavy M2A1 and M3 water-cooled .50 cal mounts that was a bugger to maneuver about as to the M63 that only required two men to move and set up.

Any one have any photos of its use in action, either ETO MTO or PTO.

Not sure what theater of operations it was mainly used.

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The M63 was used during Operation Varsity in March 1945...

 

Here's a picture we all know:

 

M63Varsity.jpg

 

The first Jeep tows an M3A4 Utility Hand Cart on which a .50Cal M2 MG is mounted on an M63 Mount.

 

Number 1: The body of the MG is visible with the typical M63 Mount Firing Levers underneath

Number 2: One of the legs of the mount, with the typical rectangular ends, partially obscured by sun and shadow

Number 3: Left tire of the M3A4 Hand Cart

 

I seem to recall that the M63 manual describes the correct way to attach the mount to a handcart, by using the small clips and cotter pins that are attached to each of the four legs of the M63. I don't recall if this is just for moving the mount or if the clips can stand the shock of firing the .50..... Personally having fired the .50Cal from both the M3 and M63 Mount, I doubt it....

 

Johan

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In regards to the M63 mount mounted on an M3A4 handcart, I'd like to know exactly how it's done. I have 6 carts and an M63 mount. The 4 legs of the mount each have a "U" bracket and cotter pin on the bottom, that according to the manual, is what is used to mount it to the cart. My M63 mount will not fit on any of my 6 carts. The "U" bracket is not deep enough for the cotter pin to match up to any of the holes in the sides of the carts. Is there an adapter that goes between the mount and cart?

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Hi Johan this mount seems to be a bit elusive in use except for Varsity, how are you certain to have serious doubts of its use in Normandy ie lack of photo evidence.

The mount used with this hand cart what maual is this seen in.

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So apart from Varsity any other places?

 

BC:

 

I have seen a Signal Corps photo of the 69th Infantry Division in the ETO, in cold weather, with a .50 M2 gunner using the M63 mount. It was undated.

 

US VM:

 

Very nice guns. Are they dewat or live?

 

You must have a very understanding wife. Crew served weapons in the living room make perfect sense to me, but my own wife seems to be having some trouble with that concept.....something about the 'design scheme'....

 

Thanks for posting the pics.

 

Regards,

Charlie Flick

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how are you certain to have serious doubts of its use in Normandy ie lack of photo evidence.

 

Just the fact that in over 30 years of collecting, I have never seen a photo of one in use in Normandy, causes my doubt

 

The mount used with this hand cart what maual is this seen in.

 

I don't know, this photo appears in nearly every US AB book

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