An M2 .50 cal machine gun literally blows the roof off of this car.
Don't watch this video unless you like to see stuff blow up in dramatic and theatrical fashion. Who am I kidding? Doesn't everyone like to see stuff blow up?
The M2 Browning .50 Caliber Machine Gun, or "Ma Deuce" as it was sometimes called, is one badass piece of weaponry. It was designed by John Browning towards the end of WWI and has been a permanent fixture in practically every war the U.S. has been involved in since then, including the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In fact, the only small arm weapon with a longer lasting pedigree in U.S. military history is the .45 ACP M1911 pistol. And it so happens that the M1911 was also designed by Browning.
The U.S. Marines website indicates that "The Browning .50 Cal Machine gun...can be used effectively against enemy personnel, light armored vehicles and slow, low-flying aircraft. When mounted to the M3 Tripod, the machine gun permits a high degree of accuracy and control of fire."
If the Browning .50 cal is effective against lightly armored vehicles, you can imagine what it can do to a domestic-use automobile. Shoot, you don't have to imagine. Just watch this:
In fact, the .50 cal is so revered and feared that The Firearm Blog says that Nazi leader Hermann Göring wrote, "If the German Air Force had the Browning .50 Caliber, the Battle of Britain would have turned out differently."
The historical accounts and development of the Browning .50 cal are fascinating enough to keep me, and I'm sure many others, enthralled for hours. But I also have to admit that seeing just 30 seconds of this beast fire a few rounds and utterly destroy a common car is pretty darn awesome too!