In 1946 two sweets named Hugo Abramson and Harold Jensen designed the Carl Gustav which at the time appeared to be just another recoilless rifle like the famous bazooka many of these weapons fell out of use in the following decades as anti-tank missiles took over but the Carl Gustav stuck around and for a different role than Abramson and Jensen had planned in the 1940s for one it’s now just as much an anti infantry weapon owing to its range low cost and types of ammunition soldiers are fond of the 84 millimetre Carl Gustav and it’s easy to see why the weapon is quite practical for dismounted infantry especially at long ranges and creates a thrilling blast so it’s fun to shoot the US Army had a handful and service with Special Operations units and they proved so popular that the army began distributing them widely not bad for a weapon with its first design dating back 70 years of course a lot has changed in seven decades the army is even testing a new version of the Carl Gustav called the m4 known in the United States as the m3 e 1 to put it simply it’s a really powerful rifle that vents pressure from the blast which propels the round from a port and the launchers rear it would be absolutely unwise to stand behind a Carl Gustav when one goes off it’s not a rocket launcher exactly but the Carl Gustav can fire rounds which have a tiny rocket to boost them farther a wide variety of ammunition ranges from high-explosive anti-tank warheads smoke and eviscerating flesh at darts the war in Afghanistan had a lot to do with the Carl Gustav seeing a revival in US service militants harassed American troops from long ranges and from behind cover making it hard to shoot back a missile from an orbiting aircraft or a shoulder-fired javelin launcher would reach far enough at a cost of around $80,000 per missile a single Carl Gustav round costs at most around three percent as much and carries an effective range of 1,000 meters if it’s a rocket to drowned so it’s no wonder why the army loves it fundamentally the launchers design hasn’t changed Saab the weapons Swedish developer is pitching the m3 e 1 as a collection of evolutionary improvements optimized for urban warfare it’s slightly smaller and weighs around 15 pounds 7 pounds lighter than the current m3 the m3 weight is one thing soldiers don’t dim to like about it and since modern soldiers were a lot more head gear Saab tweaked the design to be more ergonomic and adjustable awkward is not a feeling a soldier wants to have when firing a high-explosive round in an urban firefight the m3 e 1 also features an interface for intelligent sights allowing soldiers to program their bursting rounds to explode above a precise point remember that the Carl Gustav selling point is that it’s cheap simple and brutal on the battlefield eventually it will wear out so Saab added a device which records how many times the launcher has been fired the problem with the current in 3 is that US Army requires its soldiers to mark in a notebook how many times they fire this number must be exact if there’s confusion over a specific increase firing history the army cuts that weapons service life in half in any case the Pentagon could start buying the m3 e 1 as soon as late 2017 once the army is done with testing and likes what it sees if so it could keep the Swedish recoilless rifles blasting away for decades to come

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