Forces in the Po Valley in Italy during the 1945 Spring Offensive. The M50 "Ontos" light tank is armed with six M40A1C recoilless rifles, a special version of the M40 Recoilless Rifle. The M3 Carl Gustav is an 84mm man-portable, multi-role, parachute jumpable, recoilless rifle. One of the most popular recoilless rifles ever produced became the Cold War-era 84mm "Carl Gustav" launcher which still sees regular service around the world today. The M40 is shaped like a long tube with an M8 0.50 cal spotting rifle above. With its six recoilless rifles, the Ontos was a welcome addition to the Marine Corps arsenal during the Vietnam War. A 106 millimeter recoilless rifle leader barks orders to his crew as they provide fire support for marines during fighting on the South Side of Saigon in March 1968. [16] The Marine Corps did not use the 57mm. Further examples were subsequently sent to the Pacific Theater. This allows for the elimination of much of … Ontos ("The Thing") Recoilless Rifle Platform. This Super-Sized Six-Shooter Saved American Marines In Vietnam. On the left hand side, there is an elevating wheel, in the centre of which is the trigger wheel used to fine adjust the elevation and at the same time firing the spotting rifle when pulled, and the gun when pushed. The USMC acquired 176 of them, used for fire support in Vietnam. The projectile and propellant are supplied as a single round and loaded into the breech. When the communist Chinese seized the factory, they took advantage of the facilities and blueprints to make their own copy of the weapon. Saved by Michael McMurray. Location: Hue Vietnam… The weapon was carried in a T27 Cover with two padded shoulder straps, designed to be simultaneously carried by two men in line with the straps slung over their shoulder on one side. The M40 recoilless rifle was the featured weapon on the American M50 "Ontos" tracked vehicle (detailed elsewhere on this site) and six such weapons were installed on the compact tank (though all had to be reloaded externally). Price: US $69.50. The first combat the new cannon saw was with the U.S. Army's 17th Airborne Division near Essen, Germany as well as U.S. At the same time, there was a freelance research by the U.S. Army's Infantry Section of a man-portable recoilless 57mm cannon by two engineers, named Kroger and Musser. Although obsolete as an anti-tank weapon, the M18 was still used by the Army of the Republic of Vietnam[19] and its allied forces in an anti-personnel role. The bore was commonly described as being 106 mm caliber but is in fact 105 mm; the 106 mm designation was intended to prevent confusion with incompatible 105 mm ammunition from the failed M27. When used against enemy defensive positions, particularly in buildings or other reinforced positions, the Ontos was very effective. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture. Details about Vietnam Era M-67 90mm Recoilless Rifle Muzzle Cover Unused See original listing. Caleb Larson is a defense writer for the National Interest. The M-50 Ontos self-propelled anti-tank artillery, based on a light chassis developed for airborne operations, was mounted with six M40A1 or M40A2 106 mm recoilless rifles. M40A1C Recoilless Rifle. This Super-Sized Six-Shooter Saved American Marines In Vietnam. Production of the M20 was underway by March 1945; only limited number… With its six recoilless rifles, the Ontos was a welcome addition to the Marine Corps arsenal during the Vietnam War. While the performance of the high explosive (HE) warhead was impressive, the M18's 57 mm HEAT round was slightly less so, only about 76.2 mm (3 in) of armor penetration at 90 degrees,[10][11] compared with the M6A3 rocket for the Bazooka which had a penetration of 100 mm. 57mm Recoilless Rifle (CHICOM Type 36) The recoilless rifle that had the best mobility was also the lightest, the 57mm. The only effective way to knock out German tanks was a clean shot to the rear of the tank or to cause malfunctions by hits on the seams or joint of the tanks such as the gun turret elevation joint of the main gun, junction points of the turret and hull which would cause burn over of working mechanism and produce jamming and finally a hit on the tracks to immobilize a tank. [23] This was done deliberately by increasing the bore of their weapons and ammunition by 1 mm, making their munitions too large for use by NATO weapons in the event of capture, but not vice versa. M 151 AI ´MUTT´ Recoilless Rifle & Trailer-Vietnam Series (1:43) | Modellbau, Auto- & Verkehrsmodelle, Autos, LKW & Busse | eBay! 57mm Recoilless Rifle (CHICOM Type 36) The recoilless rifle that had the best mobility was also the lightest, the 57mm. The Japanese Self-Defense Force (JSDF) developed the "Type 60" tank destroyer which seated two M40 guns in a side-by-side arrangement over the right side of the … It could also be awkwardly carried, fired from the shoulder and reloaded by one man in an emergency, fired prone from the extended T3 monopod and bipod, or fired from a fixed position on a cradle mounted on the M1917A1 machine gun tripod. It can be used in both anti-tank and anti-personnel roles. Ammunition was packed four shells to a wooden crate, each crate weighing about 40 lbs and had a volume of 0.86 cubic feet. M67 Recoilless Rifle In July 1970, ... to serve as a machinist for two years but instead the Army decided to make him an infantry soldier and send him to Vietnam. Vietnam Era M-67 90mm Recoilless Rifle Muzzle Cover Unused: Condition: New. The M18 recoilless rifle was a 57mm shoulder fired anti-tank recoilless rifle used by the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. History / Summary. A recoilless rifle, recoilless launcher or recoilless gun, sometimes abbreviated "RR" or "RCL" is a type of lightweight artillery system or man-portable launcher that is designed to eject some form of countermass such as propellant gas from the rear of the weapon at the moment of firing, creating forward thrust that counteracts most of the weapon's recoil. Vietnam, 1962-1975 Army organisation period 1961-Description. Yet the weapon keeps showing up in Libya and Syria, decades after its supposed retirement. Veterans of the Korean War have mentioned the use of the M18 against enemy machine gun nests. The Colt Automatic Rifle-15 Military Weapons System or CAR-15 was a family of AR-15 and M16 rifle–based firearms marketed by Colt in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Recoilless rifles were used in Vietnam and were installed on Landrovers [12][13][14], In the Pacific Theater, the new lightweight 57 mm cannon was an absolute success as "pocket artillery" for the soldiers of U.S. Army infantry units that were issued the M18. While the Ontos was indeed a powerful and relatively lightweight platform, its intended role as a tank destroyer was not exactly useful during the conflict in Vietnam thanks to the very modest amount of armored vehicles fielded by North Vietnam. The air-cooled, breech-loaded, single-shot riflefir… recoilless rifle. [6][note 2]. The M3 Carl Gustav recoilless rifle was introduced in 1946. The T3 front grip doubled as an adjustable monopod and the two-piece padded T3 shoulder cradle could swing down and to the rear as a bipod for the gunner. In addition, the Ontos had a very tall profile for such a small vehicle and therefore struggled to find adequate cover in some situations, leaving the M50’s driver, gunner, and loader dangerously exposed. Yes, it could fire six rounds of 105mm HEAT or flechette simultaneously, but the M50’s six rifle tubes had to be loaded from the outside the vehicle hull, dangerously exposing the tanker crew. The B-10 recoilless rifle (Bezotkatnojie orudie-10, known as the RG82 in East Germany) is a Soviet 82 mm smoothbore recoilless gun.It could be carried on the rear of a BTR-50 armoured personnel carrier. The M40 recoilless rifle is a lightweight, portable, crew-served 105 mm weapon intended primarily as an anti-tank weapon made in the United States.The weapon is commonly described as being 106 mm, but it is in fact 105 mm; the 106 mm designation was designed to prevent confusion with the incompatible 105 mm ammunition from the failed M27. On top of the mount is a traverse wheel. While troops praised its effectiveness, the M67 came in for heavy criticism due to the weapon's weight and length as well as its ba… Here's What You Need to Remember: In a desperate bid to quickly get an anti-tank capability into the field, the Marine Corps enthusiastically embraced a project the Army had rejected: the M50 Ontos. Instead of a blowout plug, the infantry section's recoilless cannon used a British development, Ordnance, RCL, 3.45 in developed by Dennistoun Burney, from in which the cartridge case had hundreds of small holes in the side walls with a lining of plastic on the inside of the cartridge case walls to keep water and other elements out until the round was fired. Platts 1/35 Vietnam War The United States Marine Corps M274 Mule 106mm recoilless Rifle and Soldier Plastic Model DR3315 Platts 1/35 World War II Soviet Military Reconnaissance Soldiers and Sniper (Woman Soldier Two Bodies, Male Soldier Two-Body) Plastic Model DR6068 Highlight - 1/35 Plastikmodellbausatz reproduziert den sowjetischen Scharfschützen des Zweiten Weltkriegs im … The 106mm Recoilless Rifle (RCL) is a breech-loaded, single-shot, man-portable, crew-served recoilless rifle. Rubble in aftermath of the fighting at Hue shows damaged buildings and debris on streets. [7] In late 1944, the T15 was redesignated the M18 57 mm recoilless. Like individual M40 rifles, the Ontos’ rifles were zeroed in using a .50 caliber spotting rifle. An Ontos recoilless rifle vehicle - Vietnam. These boats should not be confused in any way with the PBR’s and other boats used on Vietnam’s rivers, canals or shallow harbors. Another unique innovation was the use of pre-engraving bands on the 57 mm projectile that engaged the barrel's rifling. 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U.S. infantry, initially with very few capabilities against these targets, solved the problem with new weapons like the 3.5-inch (89 mm) M20 Super Bazooka, which was powerful enough to destroy T-34s.[18]. The M18 was a breech-loaded, single-shot, man-portable, crew-served weapon. M67 recoilless rifle The M67 recoilless rifle Place of origin United States Service history In service 1960s–1975 2011–Present Wars Vietnam War, War in Afghanistan (2001–present) Specifications Weight 37.5 lb (17 kg) Length 53 in (1,346 mm) Height 17 in (432 mm) Crew 3 It's the M40 106mm recoilless rifle, an American-made, Vietnam-vintage weapon that got dropped from the Army and Marine inventory back during the early 1970s. The only way would have been flank or rear shots. [15], Each U.S. Army rifle company in the Korean War was authorized three M18 recoilless rifles. The modified Land Rover with 106mm RCL was developed in 1960. Richard served as a "grunt" on search and destroy missions in the jungle for over ten months. Beyond its usefulness in the anti-tank/anti-armor role, the M40 could be used against dug-in enemy infantry through special anti-personnel rounds issued and as a "bunker buster" when attempting to … It could also be awkwardly carried, fired from the shoulder and reloaded by one man in an emergency, fired prone from the extended T3 monopod and bipod, or fired from a fixed position on a cradle mounted on the M1917A1 machine gun tripod. And, in addition to high-explosive anti-tank rounds, the M50’s recoilless rifles could be loaded with anti-personnel canister ammunition filled with metallic … Instead, its trajectory was closely matched to the M40 rifle it was mated to. 3 man 75mm recoilless rifle crew ... and trained by foreign "advisors" they were able to infiltrate across the DMZ and attack targets in the South of Vietnam. 397. At the same time, there was a freelance research by the U.S. Army's Infantry Section of a man-portable recoilless 57 mm cannon by two engineers, named Kroger and Musser. The M67 proved a reliable and effective weapon, though it was primarily used against personnel and fortifications in combat, and saw little or no use against armor. Vietnam, 1962-1975 Army organisation period 1961-Description. By Kyle Mizokami. [17] For anti-tank tasks, however, the M18 was too weak; the Soviet-built T-34 tank was extremely hard to penetrate even for the 2.36-inch (60 mm) Bazooka of World War II. However, guided anti-tank missiles have largely replaced the recoilless rifle in the most modern of armies. The spotting rifle fires a round that flies like the 106 mm round and gives off a puff of smoke on impact with the target. It was said this round converted the recoilless rifle in world's biggest shotgun. In the foreground is Private First Class Raymond Rumpa, St Paul, Minnesota, C Company, 3 rd Battalion, 47 th Infantry, 9 th Infantry Division, with 45 pound 90 mm recoilless rifle. The weapon could be both shoulder fired or fired from a prone position. In lieu of armored threats, U.S. Marines adjusted the M50’s mission profile from anti-armor to anti-personnel. The M40 is an 106mm breech-loaded, single-shot, man-portable, crew-served recoilless rifle. Due to their compact size, the short-barreled Colt Commando and XM177 versions of this family continued to be issued to the U.S. military after the Vietnam War. [5], During World War II, the U.S. Army's Artillery Section was working on a 105 mm recoilless cannon, based on captured models of the German 10.5 cm Leichtgeschütz 40 that used a plastic blow out plug in the cartridge case. Sometimes a 57mm recoilless rifle was deployed upfront as well. During World War II, the U.S. Army's Artillery Section was working on a 105 mm recoilless cannon, based on captured German models that used a plastic blow out plug in the cartridge case. [8] By early 1945, over 2,000 M18 recoilless rifles and 800,000 rounds of ammunition were on order. Most NVA troops travelled along the Ho Chi Minh trail which weaved its way through Laos and Cambodia. With most recoilless cannon, there is a 1-to-9 ratio—meaning that when the weapon is fired, one part of the propellant gases is used to force the shell forward and the other 9 parts of the propellant gases are expelled to the back to counter act that forward force, achieving a recoilless effect. M40 106mm Recoilless Rifle. The M151A1C was used widely in Vietnam and a large number can be seen in period photos. The M50 Ontos was a powerful psychological weapon as well thanks to its distinct and easily-identifiable profile. During World War II, the U.S. Army's Artillery Section was working on a 105mm recoilless cannon, based on captured German models that used a plastic blow out plug in the cartridge case. [note 1] The belief was this feature would reduce friction on firing, allowing more of the propellant gases to be used to force the shell towards the target and less being used to achieve the recoilless effect and therefore giving their design a much higher muzzle velocity than most recoilless cannon at that time period had achieved. The most stable firing position was from the tripod developed for the water-cooled Browning M1917 machine gun. Wartime accounts by veteran Marines from that conflict suggest that the M50’s destructive potential was recognized by North Vietnamese and actively avoided. In Vietnam the M40 recoilless rifle displayed it's flexibility - as there were no suitable targets for an anti-tank weapon, an APERS (anti personnel, also called bee-hive) round was designed, containing 6 000 steel flechettes (darts) for striking enemy soldiers. The Ordnance Department Small Arms Division commenced development of the a recoilless rifle and by 1944 models of a 75 mm recoilless rifle were being tested. And, in addition to high-explosive anti-tank rounds, the M50’s recoilless rifles could be loaded with anti-personnel canister ammunition filled with metallic flechettes. Intended primarily as an anti-tank weapon, it could also be employed in an antipersonnel role with the use of an antipersonnel-tracer flechette round. The "Kromuskit", as the new 57 mm weapon was called (a word play on the engineers' family names) was officially designated the T15 and first tested in November 1943. The spotting rifle fires a round whose trajectory closely matches that of the 106 mm round and gives off a puff of smoke on impact with the target. It can be used in both anti-tank and anti-personnel roles. The M18 recoilless rifle is a 57 mm shoulder-fired, anti-tank recoilless rifle that was used by the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. The driver can choose to fire the guns one at a time or all together, with the Ontos' four spotting rifles not usable and its usual hatch-mounted 30 cal not present. The American military abandoned the M40 recoilless rifle after Vietnam. Though relatively short-lived, the M50 made a big impression: if you see six recoilless rifle barrels pointed at you, get out of there as quickly as possible. This is what would have been effective during the later half of the Vietnam War, although we will also be going over more practical Vietnam-specific organization changes as the TO&E often went out of the window in country. The weapon was carried in a T27 Cover with two padded shoulder straps, designed to be simultaneously carried by two men in line with t… Ended: Dec 23, 2020. [27], As late as 1984, the M18 57 mm recoilless rifle was still being produced under license in Brazil by Hydroar in São Paulo. Though adequate to protect from most small-arms fire, the M50 was vulnerable to anti-tank weapons like mines. [6] After World War II ended, a canister round (T25E5) with a range of 175 meters was also produced. Bore-sighting the 105-mm recoilless rifle mounted on a jeep. The period up to the conventional phase in the 1970, the Viet Cong and NVA were primarily limited to mortars, recoil-less rifles and small-arms and had significantly lighter equipment and firepower in comparison with the US arsenal, relying on ambushes alongside superior stealth, planning, marksmanship and small-unit tactics to face the disproportionate US technological advantage. 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