Even if you are not interested in building an M2 tripod,
I hope this will be a useful resource for anyone interested in the nuts and
bolts of the M2.
|Before I go any further let me mention the drawings available from Orin Harding. Orin scanned original Rock Island Arsenal dimensioned drawings of the M2 tripod, pintle, and T&E, and put them on a CD in Adobe Acrobat format. Also available on this latest version of the CD are shop drawings of the Browning 1919A4, 1919A6. I got got a copy to check it out and found a wealth of information there. Just pouring over detailed drawings of these fine old weapons was a real treat. If you want to find out more, click on the CD at right. (No, I'm not getting kickbacks, but I would be remiss not to pass along such detailed information related to this project)|
Link to information about
the CD offered by Orin.
As to the traversing & elevation mechanism (T&E),
construction of an original design would be far more work than the tripod
itself and require an experienced machinist. I will include photos and
an exploded view with parts list of the T&E, but will not attempt
to provide measurements for all the parts (these drawings are on Orin's
CD, mentioned above). I built a small elevation device for my pedestal
mount, which can be seen on that site. Even though
it is not designed for the M2, it might give you an idea or two.
thanks to the many folks who have taken the time to E-mail me about errors
or vagaries in my drawings. You undoubtedly spared some who have come
after you from wrestling with the same issues.
|Images from TM9-1205 showing details of tripod & traversing and elevation mechanism. Note the early head with the brass traversing dial. Images above and below will enlarge if clicked on.|
|The exploded views for the M2 and the T&E from TM9-1005-212-25. Note that the pads on the legs of the M2 are not the style covered in this site. They require metal forming equipment you will not have, so I am detailing the style on my M2, which I believe to be the most common found.|
Click on one of the images below to get photos and details of that assembly.