Skip to comments.Big guns: Army soldiers to get powerful new Swedish-made tank-stopper
Posted on 03/11/2014 2:57:21 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
The U.S. Army is bringing in the really, really big guns.
Regular units will soon be issued a Swedish-built "recoilless" rifle that can fire an 84-mm. projectile nearly a mile and has the power to take out a tank. The 15-pound guns, which soldiers hold just above the shoulder to fire, were previously only issued to Special Forces. But after soldiers in Afghanistan repeatedly complained that insurgents were wise to the limitations of their M-16 rifles, the Pentagon has decided to make the Swedish-made Multi-Role Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS)-- or the M3 Carl Gustaf for short-- standard issue.
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Old Carl has been around a long time.
Sort of the ultimate bazooka
It’s about time they bring back the recoilless rifle.
It’s all right, Officer. This is my new smooth-bore, single shot target rifle. California-legal. Nothing to see here...
Local gun range (indoor) has a full-auto event about 3 times a year. Once they had a WWII era KG in 9mm with 25 round sticks.
What a hoot!
CG not KG
A smooth-bore rifle?
You have to wash them off with powdered water.
The Russian 14.5mm anti-tank round became a machine gun round for tanks for AA use.
The LAW was useless according to the people who used it. A 3.5” bazooka was better.
They still use the RR at ski places to start avalanches.
What’s a CG?
My 18 year-old son has a Mosin Nagant and an Arisaka
The 5.56 round is OK in a short-barreled carbine at short urban and jungle ranges.
But in the mountains and plains a much bigger and heavier round is called for.
7.62x51 is the minimum.
Different weapons, tactics and cartridges for different environments.
Or, just bring back the M-14 with no auto selection.
My first reaction was negative because our own anti-tank weapons have so much more range and power. But I suspect the anticipated primary use is against insurgents out of range of small arms or hard insurgent targets, not main battle tanks. Plus, I’m sure it’s a lot cheaper to fire.
Didn’t we, the before-Democrat-screwed USAR, have a 105mm recoilless rifle, already? I remember, it was Jeep-mounted; tripod mounted; modified to mount six of them armored vehicle.
The 7.62 round has more of a “flinch factor”. I routinely shoot a 7.62x54 for the Mosin. The 7.62x39 in my SKS is a very good round and there is a lot of it.
106mm. the six vehicle was an Ontos