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M3 Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle – Loading And Firing

M3 Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle – Loading And Firing
M3 Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle – Loading And Firing
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U.S. paratroopers fire the M3 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle during a ‘Train the Trainer’ qualification range at Fort Bragg.

The Carl Gustaf Multi-role Anti-armor Anti-tank Weapon System (MAAWS), aka Carl Gustav or Gustaf Bazooka or M2CG, is an 84 mm, shoulder fired, man-portable, parachute jumpable, reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics in Sweden. Although most rounds fired by the Carl Gustaf work on the classic recoilless principle, modern rounds sometimes add a post-firing booster that technically make it a rocket launcher. The Carl Gustaf can be fired from the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions.

The basic weapon consists of the main tube with the breech-mounted Venturi recoil damper, with two grips near the front and a shoulder mount. The weapon is fitted with iron sights, but is normally aimed with the attached 3× optical sight with a 17 degree field of view. Luminous front and rear sight inserts are available for the iron sights when aiming at night, and an image intensification system may also be used.