Every year, Windsor Arms Co. brings a new crowd-pleasing gun to the Green Mountain Boys Machine Gun Shoot. In the past, it was a VEPR-12 full-auto shotgun, or a full-auto AR-10. This year, it was a Super Shorty M1919 Browning machine gun.
Located in Windsor, Vermont, Windsor Arms Co. is owned and operated by Steve Newlan and Jared LaMarche. Together, they make a formidable team of highly experienced gunsmiths capable of building and modifying anything from basic to outrageous.
About the only thing standard on their Super Shorty M1919, is the Argentinian build-kit which they based it on. From there, they modified just about everything. First, they changed the caliber from .30-06 to 7.62×54mmR. Since .30-06 is rimless and the7.62×54mmR isn’t, they had to make a whole new head spacer, bolt and mechanism to handle the new round. Next, they chopped the barrel down from 24″ to 10.25″, and covered it with a custom barrel shroud. Atop the frame, they put an optics mount. A red dot works well because the sight radius on an M1919 with almost no barrel is limited.
The gun fires approximately 550 rounds per minute, similar to a stock M1919. It ran flawlessly at the gun shoot. LaMarche was even able to fire it from the hip as long as he placed it against bone structure to help the action cycle.
Windsor Arms, along with dozens of other machine gunners and gun enthusiasts attended the Green Mountain Boys Machine Gun Shoot in Eden, Vermont. It takes place July of every year. It’s a fantastic event hosted by David Villeneuve and his family and is in it’s 13th year. It’s a fairly intimate gun shoots where everyone knows each other, but that’s what makes it special. It attracts some very impressive guns. It’s a weekend event and spectators can rent guns and food is available on site. Be sure to check it out.