The MK 19 can be mounted on the ground or on a vehicle. The M3 tripod, the most often used ground mount, allows the gunner to fire the weapon in a stable manner from any angle. The MK 64, MOD 7, gun cradle allows the MK 19 to be mounted on any vehicle equipped for the M2 caliber .50 machine gun; this includes the 2 1/2 and 5-ton cargo trucks, high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), M113-series armored personnel carrier (APC), and others. This chapter discusses both the ground-and vehicle-mounting procedures.
Use the MK 64 gun cradle to mount the MK 19 to the gun pedestal, stand, ring, or tripod. Attach the ammunition container bracket to the side plate of the cradle. In the center of the cradle is a pintle bushing and lock in which the M2 caliber .50 and M60 guns can be mounted. The front of the MK 19 is mounted on the two forward lugs of the gun cradle; the retainer pin secures the MK 19's rear. Insert the cradle stow pin to hold the cradle in a horizontal position during travel (Figure 3-1).
Mount the MK 19 as close to the ground as possible and lock the tripod's trail legs open. Set the adjustable front tripod leg to an angle of about 60 degrees to the ground. For example, in flat terrain with the extensions closed, use the following method to place the MK 19 about 12 inches above the ground.
a. Set the tripod trail legs by following these procedures (Figure 3-2):
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