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The M2 Browning Machine Gun, commonly known simply as the Browning Machine Gun or the M2, is a heavy machine gun used by the HECU and the Black Ops in several areas of the Black Mesa levels.


Black ops browning

Male Black Op manning an M2 in Opposing Force.

  • Manned by a single person, it is used on a tripod to provide fire support and/or fortify crucial points, such as important locations of the Materials Transport or other areas of Black Mesa.
  • Most of the time, sandbags around the tripod and armored shields on the barrel provide additional protection to the gunner. The shields are cosmetic.
  • The weapon has infinite ammo, doesn't overheat, and the added protection of the fortifications behind which it is usually found. However, the turret imposes a limited firing arc, and one is exceedingly vulnerable from anywhere it can't cover.
  • During Half-Life, Gordon Freeman is able to turn it against HECU soldiers, notably in the Black Mesa Transit System.


  • Enemies using the M-2 are easy to kill, as they are immobile while using it. A single Mk 2 Grenade or MP5 Grenade is enough to kill the enemy manning the weapon.
  • Presence of the machine gun usually indicates a likely wave of enemies; the machine gun should be manned as soon as possible.
  • The M-2 is extremely powerful, firing five rounds in the head or chest area are required to kill a H.E.C.U Marine most efficiently. However, constant awareness is required, the player should be ready to dismount from the weapon as soon as they are overrun or attacked from behind.


  • The M-2 that is found on M1A1 Abrams is mounted rather incorrectly; it is supposed to be mounted near the hatch instead of the side. The placement of the weapon would make it hard to actually impossible for a person to utilize in real life.


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