I want one!
The US Army will now be issuing soldiers the M3 Carl Gustaf, an 84mm recoilless rifle.
The new “gun” is reloadable, with an effective range of nearly a mile, and comes equipped with a night-vision sight.
FoxNews – 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…
…the guns, which are equipped with a night-vision scope that runs alongside the massive barrel, will allow soldiers to “fix and destroy enemy targets day or night at ranges up to 1,250 meters.”
The weapons, which cost upwards of $20,000, are classified as recoilless rifles, but look more like rocket launchers — and pack a similar punch. Because they are held above the shoulder, much of the propelling force escapes out of the back, instead of being absorbed by the soldier’s body.
The standard infantry munitions soldiers have used for more than a decade in Afghanistan are not reusable and have a range of less than a third that of the Carl Gustaf, Belanger said. That means insurgents can attack U.S. soldiers from a safe distance.