This Marine Carried an Aircraft Machine Gun to Battle

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During the Battle of Iwo Jima, United States Marine Tony Stein carried with him one of the most unusual nonstandard weapons of World War II. With an empty weight of 21-pounds and fed with 11-pound 100-round belts, the AN-M2 was actually meant to be an aircraft machine gun. On the ground, however, it became the “” thanks to its extreme rate of fire that was said to deliver “quite the sting.” The re-appropriated gun was one of only six believed to have been created during the war. Utilizing its ferocious firepower of 1,200 rounds per minute, Stein single-handedly stormed a series of Japanese pillboxes before shepherding wounded soldiers back to beaches as he had to reload.

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