Comte Michel wrote:The reason the MG42 is given better factors than the .50cal is most likely its exceptionally high rate of fire. The .50cal is really a one-off - a vehicle mounted gun co-opted back into it's original design role because it's use as an anti-aircraft defense became superfluous.
Comte Michel wrote:I was referrring to the later role of the .50cal mounted on a vehicle pintle mount as an anti-aircraft defense - on Shermans for example. A lot of these got dismounted, especially on British Shermans because the crews considered them pointless, and were then grabbed by infantry units to mount on half tracks etc etc..
Comte Michel wrote:As far as I'm aware aircraft mount .50cals are a variant (the AN) with a faster cyclic rate of fire. Infantry or pintle mount .50cals are the HB (it stands for Heavy Barrel) model. So I would rather doubt the two are interchangeable. Nevertheless I have only my own recollection from somewhere indeterminate to support my story, so let's not get into a big argument about it