Also lovingly referred to as a "Ma Deuce"
from its designation M-2
. Originally designed for indirect fire
), when employed for direct fire
, the "fifty
" is efective against ground troops
and more hardened objectives
. Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock
effectively used an M-2 for several of his 93 confirmed kills
. One shot was 2500 yards
, the longest confirmed sniper shot
in Vietnam or any other war
The "Ma Deuce" remains a major armament for many Armed Forces worldwide. ATF-Approved, semi-auto versions are available. Night vision is optional. Surplus linked belt ammo can be had for about $1.50 a round.