U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brogen Hohnholt, a mortarman with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Central Command, fires a M2 .50 Cal. machine gun during live-fire unknown distance range in Southwest Asia, March 17, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Justin Huffty)

There's a bit of good news for Marines grunts tasked with rocking the iconic M2 .50 caliber machine gun: your loads are about to get a little bit lighter.

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America's lean, mean fighting machine may get a bit more lean in the coming years when it comes to ammunition. The Marine Corps is close to picking up a new polymer ammo for its tried-and-true M2 Browning .50 caliber machine gun to lighten the load for grunts downrange.

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