70002 - U.S. M3A1 Half-Track

70002 - U.S. M3A1 Half-Track
SKU: 70002



U.S. M3A1 Half-Track 

The U.S. produced more than 40,000 half-tracks between 1933 and 1944. And of the dozens of half-track variations produced, the M3 and M3A1 half-track Personnel Carriers were among the most widely used. As the name suggests, these vehicles were used to move men across beaches, through mud and snow and forest on every front, and also served as a prime mover for the M5 3-inch anti-tank gun.
   During M3 production, external mine racks and interior grab handles were added and the suspension, fuel filters, and other components evolved. The M3 utilized a M25 pedestal mount (with a D54075 gun cradle) to support the M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun, rather than the skate rail found in the previous version designated the M2. Near the end of production, the M25 pedestal mount with .30 caliber M1919A4 was replaced with a M49 ring mount and M2HB .50-caliber machine gun over the co-driver’s seat. With the change in gun mounting the model designation was changed to M3A1. 
   This array of mounted machine guns could be dismounted from the vehicle, placed on tripods, and deployed in the field. On the M3A1 and M2A1 half-tracks, the squad leader was responsible for firing the pulpit-mounted machine gun. When the vehicle machine gun was dismounted the MG was crewed by a team of three riflemen. When a squad was mounted, the squad leaders manned the half-tracks’ machine guns, an array of two 30 cals. on either side with a rear pintle to mount one in back should the need arise, and a 50 cal. M2 forward. After the squad dismounted, the driver moved the half-track to a predetermined location and manned the M2. The “Ma Deuce” could provide fire at longer ranges and was very effective against light skinned vehicles. All vehicles carried tripods for the mounted machine guns so they could be dismounted and used in a mobile role.

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