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Carl Gustav

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« on: April 26, 2009, 01:29:25 pm »

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 3x optical sight with a 17 degree (300 mrad) field of view. Luminous front and rear sight inserts are available for the iron sights when aiming at night, but an image intensification system may also be used.

The Carl Gustav can be fired from the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone positions, and a bipod may be attached in front of the shoulder piece. An operating handle called a "Venturi lock" is used to move the hinged breech to one side for reloading. The weapon is normally operated by a two-man crew, one carrying and firing the weapon, the other carrying ammunition and reloading.


    * Calibre: 84 mm rifled (24 lands/progressive twist).[4]
    * Crew: 2 optimal, 1 minimum.
    * Weights: 14.2 kg (M2); 8.5 kg (M3); 0.8 kg (mount)
    * Length: 1.065 m
    * Breech: Hinged
    * Rate of fire: 6 rounds per minute.
    * Sights: Iron sights; optical 3x; laser rangefinder; image intensification system

I am looking for pictures of RCR's firing the beast.
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1977-1RCR  Italy PL, B Coy, Mortars
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                   CFB London

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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009, 03:23:33 pm »

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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2009, 04:16:59 pm »

This poor thing initially suffered from a confused identity.  When it replaced the 3.5-inch rocket launcher, which replaced the 3.2-inch Heller rocket launcher, it came at a time when no-one knew much about its Swedish origins.  Naturally, the name left lots of room for interpretation on first hearing and so was related it to what was already known, such as the president of the Soviet Union -- "Carl Kruschev" -- or, for those who did their off-duty relaxing In Germany, the "Karl Gastof."   The confusion only lasted until the first formal introduction, after which the proper name began to roll off the tongue, as it has done ever since.  But until then, the new section member was just the kid with the funny name.  aldi.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009, 05:47:04 pm »

Ah  yes the Carl... quite a weapon.. i had the dubious , almost catastrophic joy of learning it with the Vandoos.. i guess i missed something , but mainly i forgot to put my earplugs in..everything else was all tickedy boo...i felt the shooter squeeze the trigger  and at that moment realized i had no ear plugs in..we werent using the headsets the,  and kaboom... well, i thought my head blew of.. the pain in my ears ears something else.. and in a few minutes i knew i was deaf as a stone.. it came back, but i never again forgot the earplugs..heheheheh.. RR
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