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M50A1 The Ontos at Hue: 1968- 4ea 106 recoiless rifles [video 1:31 min]
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Posted on 01/03/2014 7:27:33 PM PST by virgil283

'The Ontos, possibly the most downright eccentric armored vehicle ever concocted for the U.S. Military. It was a tiny tank, armed with six M40 recoilless rifles, which were mounted externally on its tiny turret. The Ontos fought in countless skirmishes, but where it became part of Marine legend was in the battle for Hue during the Tet Offensive. There it was involved in some of the fiercest urban fighting in the Corps history. According to one source, the only reason the Fifth Marine Regiment survived Hue was because of the Ontos and the 106mm recoilless rifle.'

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1 posted on 01/03/2014 7:27:33 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

Neat.


2 posted on 01/03/2014 7:30:27 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: virgil283

Packed and fired lots of 90mm recoilless rifles, and saw lots of 106s fire. Nothing like an APERS round to get their attention!!

Damn I hated carrying those......

Thanks for posting!


3 posted on 01/03/2014 7:33:22 PM PST by datura (Democrat=Communist, GOP=Democrat, TEA=American)
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To: virgil283
The Ontos carried the beehive round that sent out a hundred darts per firing to clean out a jungle of its enemy. There was no other weapon that could clear a jungle for a depth of a ¼ mile like the 106mm recoilless rifle using the beehive round. Artillery shells and bombs effectiveness was cut to the area of a direct hit.

The jungle vegetation absorbed both concussion and fragmentation. The other vehicles that mounted the 106mm recoilless rifle were open to enemy small arms fire. The Ontos could expose itself to enemy small arms for the short time it took to empty its 6 guns and depart to a more secure position to reload. It was an armoured shotgun and the North Vietnamese Army feared it. .

4 posted on 01/03/2014 7:38:09 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: virgil283
Had a couple of them patrolling the perimeter at LZ Stud. Loved watching them hit with the ranging .50 cal and then send the big tracer on an identical trajectory.

They could scare the bejeezus out you if they snuck one of them up near us on the perimeter and let loose a round without warning. Suckeres were LOUD to the rear.

 photo ontos_zpsb39b415d.jpg

5 posted on 01/03/2014 7:38:42 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: virgil283

Oooh. Bewdy. I want one... *grin*


6 posted on 01/03/2014 7:40:55 PM PST by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: virgil283

Having to leave the vehicle to load was a problem. One of the reasons they dropped it from the inventory.


7 posted on 01/03/2014 7:44:13 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: virgil283

Who made the carriage on this thing?


8 posted on 01/03/2014 7:51:09 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: virgil283
awesome video, thanks for sharing..

9 posted on 01/03/2014 7:51:27 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: Pontiac

Boy, they had damned good reason to fear it. I sure would.

Beehive rounds from those things? I am thinking canister rounds shot from a cannon, but far, far more lethal. It could probably mow a field.


10 posted on 01/03/2014 7:58:27 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Pontiac

The ‘’Beehive’’ round was the most used artillery round in Vietnam.


11 posted on 01/03/2014 8:03:59 PM PST by jmacusa ("Chasing God out of the classroom didn't usher in The Age of Reason''.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

"...dat'll upset your rice bowl"

12 posted on 01/03/2014 8:13:00 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: headstamp 2

Allis-Chalmers


13 posted on 01/03/2014 8:22:56 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: virgil283

Aw, heck. Every SWAT team in the country is going to want a couple of those now.


14 posted on 01/03/2014 8:27:14 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: datura

put 3 m-551 sheridans fender to fender and fire 152mm cannister. max effective range was 300 m in a 60 degree arc. jungle clearing at it’s best.


15 posted on 01/03/2014 9:05:50 PM PST by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: virgil283

The Army had a recoiless rifle that meant death for the crew when fired.

It was the nuclear recoiless rifle called the Davy Crockett, it was a real life version of the “Polish nuclear grenade”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzCPp-pRJ54


16 posted on 01/03/2014 10:42:15 PM PST by ansel12 ( Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: virgil283

I liked our duster better.


17 posted on 01/04/2014 12:24:28 AM PST by Domangart (LBGT = NAMBLA)
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To: virgil283

We used to have one mounted on a Jeep it had a 50 cal. mounted on the barrel for a spotter round [tracer], hit the target with the 50 cal. and pull the lanyard on the 106 BOOM!I think the beehive rounds contained Fletchettes [small steel arrows] I also remember don’t get behind a 106 when it’s fired, OOUCH!


18 posted on 01/04/2014 6:24:39 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: virgil283

I wonder if they could make that legal for deer hunting in Texas?


19 posted on 01/04/2014 4:09:00 PM PST by buffaloguy
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To: virgil283

Great weapon, proved valuable in Hue.

These were better szuited for urban fighting though. 90mm main gun firing HE, canister, White Phosphorous, flechette. HEAT, AP. Equipped with a 7.62 M73 coaxial MG, and a .50 Ma Deuce ouside the cupola, all under heavy armor protection. Even thouygh some crewq members were injured by RPG hits, not one was knocked out and all continued to fight throughout the battle. The Marines credfited them as being invaluable in that fight/.

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20 posted on 01/04/2014 8:58:22 PM PST by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank
Oops. If at first you dont succeed try try again. The M48A3 Main Battle Tank  photo M48A3inHue.jpg
21 posted on 01/04/2014 9:05:42 PM PST by DMZFrank
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To: rlmorel
These mowed the field with deadly results. I worked for a man who was
station in one and he never spoke about it accept once when he was drunk. Said
the Gooks were lemming across a field and stepping over piles of dead to
continue the futile attack. Most armed with bolt action rifles.
I think he said they were Chinese nationals.
22 posted on 01/05/2014 12:37:07 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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