Where’s the boom?

Roamy here.  Okay, I plead ignorance on a lot of military stuff, but when I saw the video here I was waiting for the mortar to explode.  So I asked XBradTC:

Q.  Isn’t the mortar supposed to go boom? 

A. First, it’s a target practice mortar with no warhead.  Second, even if it were, the fuzes generally work on a two-step failsafe. There has to be a certain g-force at firing to start the arming process, then a time delay before the arming is complete. Finally, it takes a pretty fair deceleration to set off the fuze.

Q.  How do you know it’s a target practice mortar?

A.  A TP mortar wouldn’t be that hard to get.  An HE mortar would.  Plus, the guy shooting it didn’t scream like Rosetta when it was a short round.

Q.  Is it really Russian or is the guy putting on a Chekov accent?

A.  I think he is Russian, never really thought about it, and I’ve seen several of his vids.  The Soviets did use 82 mm.  We use 60mm, 81mm, and 120mm mortars. The 120mm replaced the 107mm mortar about 15 years ago.

Q.  Could you shoot 81 mm mortars out of a 82 mm launcher?

A. You could drop an 81 in an 82 tube, and it would fire, but it wouldn’t be very accurate.

4 thoughts on “Where’s the boom?”

  1. I think he is from Russia, but living here now. Those two clips were shot in the US, not Russia.

    There is a fairly large Russian immigrant population here in the US. He appears to be a good redneck convert. I doubt they had to twist his arm very hard. I’ve met several Russian emigres and it was fun to introduce them the Murican way of life and they took to it like ducks to water. The Women didn’t much like guns and other boomy things, but the guys were no different than we are.

  2. For what it’s worth, even a practice mortar is considered a Destructive Device, under Federal law, so long as it is drop-fired and has fixed ammunition. (In a legal sense, fixed ammunition means that the projectile, propellant and primer are contained within a single unit like a small-arms cartridge.) Destructive Devices are not illegal in most places, but you have to pay the ATF some blood-money and get approval to own one. Interesting point: if he had full-up mortar rounds, each individual round – having a bursting charge – would be considered a destructive device as well, and would be subject to a $200 tax … PER ROUND.

    So, if the dude’s in the US …

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