Angle Lake ‘Clean Sweep’ nets Browning 30-caliber machine gun


Shore Club President Lonnie Goulet displays the Browning 30-caliber machine gun found in the water off Angle Lake Park. Photo Credit: Rosalyn Raumbauer

The Angle Lake Shore Club of SeaTac held their annual ‘Clean Sweep’ on Saturday, July 26th, and in addition to retrieving lots of trash and half a wooden boat, they also found a Browning 30-caliber machine gun!

Here’s a video of what this collectible gun looked/sounded like in its heyday, most likely sometime between 1940-1975:

The Clean Sweep is a volunteer event focused on clearing the lake area community of litter, trash and debris.

This year, nearly 30 members and friends of the club gathered at the Angle Lake Park boat ramp with bags, trash grabbers and gloves furnished by the City of SeaTac Parks Department. The group was split up with part heading out to the main streets and thoroughfares and the rest equipped with snorkels, fins and dive tanks, who took on the job of clearing the shoreline and deeper waters of Angle Lake.

When complete, the trash recovered filled the back end of a Parks Department Flat Bed Service truck. Content were mostly litter, cans and bottles but also included a few unique finds recovered from under the water adjacent to the docks at the park:

  • half a wooden boat
  • a complete lawnmower
  • a Browning 30 caliber machine gun

The police were dispatched to investigate the find and although the gun was no longer in working order, regulations required that the officer recover the weapon with claims that it would be included in the Peace Brick Program where confiscated guns are meltdown into bricks.

Clean Sweep is an annual event occuring in July. All are welcome to participate.


One Response to “Angle Lake ‘Clean Sweep’ nets Browning 30-caliber machine gun”
  1. othersideofthetracks says:

    Dang, that would have made a nice piece to add to my collection.