30 Caliber Machine Gun Project

30 Caliber Machine Gun Project

If you are considering shooting a WWII war film, you are going to need some authentic-looking movie prop guns. I found this great little DIY project that will help bring some realism to your period film. The use of movie prop guns will, of course, mean that you will need to add the gun sounds and the flame and smoke that the guns create. There are plenty of sites that can help you with these.

Here are a few:


  1. Free FSX – http://www.freesfx.co.uk/sfx/gunshot
  2. Shockwave Sound – http://www.shockwave-sound.com/sound-effects/gun_sounds.html
  3. Free firearms sound library – http://firearmsfx.moonfruit.com/
  4. FX Home – https://fxhome.com/sound-effects
  5. Free Sound – http://www.freesound.org/browse/tags/gun/

Visual Effects:

  1. Detonation Filmshttp://www.detonationfilms.com/
  2. Creating Film – http://creatingfilm.com/muzzle-flash-download-free/


Wikipedia says:

The M1919 Browning is a .30 caliber medium machine gun that was widely used during the 20th century. It was used as a light infantrycoaxial, mounted, aircraft, and anti-aircraft machine gun by the U.S. and many other countries, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Although it began to be superseded by newer designs in the later half of the century (such as by the M60 machine gun), it remained in use in many North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries and elsewhere for much longer. It is very similar in design to the larger .50 caliber (12.7mm) M2 Machine Gun, which is also a Browning-designed weapon and is still in NATO service.

Many M1919s were rechambered for the new 7.62×51mm NATO round and served into the 1990s, as well as up to the present day in some countries. The United States Navy also converted many to 7.62mm NATO, and designated them Mk 21 Mod 0; they were commonly used on river craft in the 1960s and 1970s in Vietnam.

The M1919 was an air-cooled development of the standard US machine gun of World War I, the Browning M1917, as designed by John M. Browning.


English: World War II, Iwo Jima Marine Machine...

English: World War II, Iwo Jima Marine Machine Gun Team Fires on Japanese Positions HMG Browning M1917 Source :MCWP 3-15.1 Machine Guns and Machine Gun Gunnery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)