Old School Ordinance.

You know, when I can’t think of anything to write about, or more likely, just don’t feel like writing, I do what every good milblogger does. I steal stuff from John at The Castle.

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Interestingly, with the exception of the M2 .50cal, all these weapons have passed from the inventory, but either a direct replacement or an analogous type weapon can still be found in the infantry (for instance, the 37mm and 57mm anti-tank guns are long gone, but their role is filled today by the Javelin and TOW missiles.

2 thoughts on “Old School Ordinance.”

  1. Rik, I saw that article.

    You’ll note that the GAU-21 is rather specifically used for airborne applications, which greatly benefit from the higher rate of fire. Ground forces actually want a lower rate of fire, to conserve ammo and reduce the barrel heating.

    There’s no real threat of the M2HB being retired any time soon.

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