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Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle by MilitaryPhotos Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle by MilitaryPhotos
A coalition force member fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle system during weapons practice on a range in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2013. Coalition force members test fire various weapons systems on the range to check accuracy. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Benjamin Tuck/Released)
Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan
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:iconmidway2009:
Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is AWESOME!!!!!!! :faint::jawdrop:
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:icon68dusty:
68Dusty Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
And THAT, my friends, is WHY the rifle is recoiless
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:icongurratheman:
Gurratheman Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats just so much fun to shoot. Im proud to be a Swede.
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:iconquercus1989:
Quercus1989 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
la leche!!!
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:icontrue2koinu:
True2Koinu Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great timing on this shot it came out great
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:iconwolf-of-the-west:
Wolf-of-the-West Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
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:iconkonstabel:
Konstabel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
i like it, ilike it !!!
:onfire:
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:iconbipole:
bipole Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such unreal colors! I take it that's a combination of lingering blast and the spent propellant. And I don't see this shot being possible without some combination of luck, coordination, and burst mode.
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:iconartbennyrgrau:
ArtBennyRGrau Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
frakkin awesome!
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
[link](SRAAWM)
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
(SRAAWM) is part of the link, so if it doesn't work, just add that :)
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Essentially a shoulder firing artillery piece. [link](SRAAWM)
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:iconquantuminnovator:
QuantumInnovator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
WOW!

That weapon sure gives off a gigantic flame. I would be too scared to even touch something like that. Firing a weapon like that, even in a simple training exercise, makes you a hero in my book.

I also like how you can see the shell exiting. You are a master photographer with a perfect sense of timing.
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:iconraiznhel:
raiznhel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Photographer
Recoilless Rifles aren't...

Thats what I believed until I fired one of these puppies...
Does tend to give your position away...
And as a Cavalryman I can say, Its not the tank you shoot that you need to worry about... they always play in pairs
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Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Wow. How did you get this photo?
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:iconberensaelor:
BerenSaelor Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
it's simple. just go into position and then make a whole bunch of pictures after the other, like 5 pics/second, and then one of them will (hopefully) look like that.
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EchoSixWolf Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
He didn't take this photo. Sgt. Benjamin Tuck is the photographer and I believe he said his shutter speed is somewhere above 1/3000.
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:iconcrazyronn:
CrazyRonn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i love the Charlie G!

ive never used one before but id like to think these are better than M136 AT-4s. Maybe they're more expensive than disposable launchers, but a reloadable anti-tank weapon just seems better practically. For dedicated anti-tank teams, although it makes more sense if a standard infantryman carried a single AT-4, kind of like how the M72 LAW was used in Vietnam (and still today i think)
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
But what range do these things have?
I mean reliable range when accounting for the human user.
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:iconcrazyronn:
CrazyRonn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
im assuming recoilless rifles have better range due to rifling, but dont quote me on that. i think the carl gustav can go out to about 600m but thats only good for stationary targets. with actual tanks moving about, i think its down to like 100 to 150m. not the type of weapon you want to miss with very often
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Yeah, that's kinda what I am thinking too.:iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconcrazyronn:
CrazyRonn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
although building to building fighting doesnt get any better than the RPG-7, the soft launch on that thing does wonders in urban combat
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Until we get lasers and plasma weapons:mwahaha:
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:iconcrazyronn:
CrazyRonn Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
:D as awesome as that sounds, it will be quite awhile. we have plane sized and ship based lasers at the moment
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I want planet sized cannons
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saeppo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
nice sho(o)t! =D
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:iconprofessionalpuppy:
ProfessionalPuppy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Perfect shot! Great on the timing!
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sixfeetsouth Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Artist
Good timing
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NBVega Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good old Carl G. That thing is a pig at like 40 pounds loaded, but it's sure fun to shoot. Sucks the snot right out of your nose with the blast.
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StevenSWM Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Just stand to the rear for a free Derma-Peeling Facial Treatment with absolutely no wait-time for the peel to take effect!
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Gurratheman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this weapon, nailed a pointed out tree from 800 meters spot on. This and the minimi 249 were my two weapons when I was in the army.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
They're really that accurate?
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:icongurratheman:
Gurratheman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depends on how carefully you calibrate them and how good shooter you are. its a reason why they are used by so many countries after all :) Sweden rules!
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
They use primitive sights? No scopes?
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:icongurratheman:
Gurratheman Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ususally, I used primitive sights, but for that longshot with a smokeround I used a scope. I think I was abit lucky with the wind aswell. The best thing with that shot was that we heard the noise from the tree when it was hit. it echoed over the field.
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:iconebolabears:
EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
That sounds cool
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69ingChipmunkzz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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Straif5 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
SWOSH bitch.
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:iconnullcast:
Nullcast Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
This got me looking up recoilless rifles. A quick trip through wikipedia brought me to this amusing monstrosity: [link] Yes, that IS a 75mm canon mounted to a vespa.
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CrazyRonn Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i think they had problems with the recoil, kind of like how older jeeps didnt fare too well with launchers. "Recoilless" does not mean "Recoil Free" xD

either way if i was a tanker and watching that tiny thing charge me i wouldnt know whether to do full reverse or just drive over it
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:iconnullcast:
Nullcast Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Articles says they weren't actually meant to be fired from the vespa (no aiming device), they're actually removable with a separate tripod.
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:iconcrazyronn:
CrazyRonn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
yeah i read further into it, still its amazing to think that for a cheap anti-tank alternative they just decided to put a recoilless rifle on a damn scooter xD
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:iconnbvega:
NBVega Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LMFAO the seat is ON TOP OF the gun. Phallic symbols anyone?

Honestly, who thought this was a good idea? lol
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OddFox17 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Writer
I wouldn't want to stand behind that gun.
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:icondesmodeus:
Desmodeus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, or fire it backed up to a wall.
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:iconoddfox17:
OddFox17 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Writer
That's the problem with recoiless guns; it doesn't pay to stand directly behind them.
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dragonartistJRR Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Astounding shot! :wow:
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:iconjlundhart:
jLundhArt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One of Swedens' great exports=P
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Traditionalfire Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student
So is it a swedish developed weapon?
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:iconherky34:
herky34 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Bad ass
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