I didn't serve in the military but had the opportunity, in my prior career, to fire and/or ride in and/or fly in and/or handle a lot ordnance, materiel and equipment. But I never had the chance to fire an M2. For a project I'm working on, I need to gather some information about the venerable .50 cal M2 heavy machine gun. I'm not looking for info to be found in the manuals, but would rather like to throw some questions at someone with experience firing the thing. I'm looking for first hand impressions and experience, the "feel" of the weapon, good and bad traits, what it smells like, what's the noise like on the operator's end, etc. etc. If you had occasion to fire the weapon in earnest, and would be confortable answering questions about that, that would be great. But if what you have -- or are willing to share -- are peacetime and training experience, that will also be very helpful and you'll have my gratitude. If you think you'd be willing to answer a longish list of questions, please PM me and I'll send the questions your way. Thanks.