8 thoughts on “A Little Shooty”

  1. Hm.

    This makes me want to inquire further about the ad on Monster.com for indirect fire infantryman for the CA ARNG …

    But then, I remembered I’d have to actually carry the damn thing around, too.

    1. I got tapped to carry the tube of a 60mm once while stationed in Hawaii. At first it didn’t seem that heavy. That changed the longer we stayed in the field.

      I didn’t get to shoot it or anything. I was just playing pack mule for the 11C’s.

  2. Pretty cool video. You can really see the shock to the vehicle suspension. I used to like standing on the engine deck where I could observe the whole crew, and feel the shock. The original propellant used in the IDF ground-mounted 120mm was too powerful and could have caused internal injuries when used in the confined space of a mortar carrier, so the US used a less powerful propellant. Having lost a lot of my own hearing, I note with interest that the crew are not wearing the Armor Crewman Acoustical Protection headsets, or else Combat Vehicle Crewman’s helmet as double hearing protection with earplugs. Hmm. Overall, combined with all the other rounds in the video, I wouldn’t want to be downrange of that fire-for-effect.
    LT Rusty, you wouldn’t have to carry this system, except in the unusual times that it is ground-mounted, which is both rare, and if done, relatively long-term. (There was actually a pretty good video of a ground-mounted 120mmm in a built-up firing position on this site a while back.) Now the 60mms, that is different. All the crew does is carry it!

    1. I’ve suffered hearing loss while in the Navy from 3″ guns firing nearby and me with no hearing protection. I wore a CVC helmet with Sonic II earplugs during live fire while a Tanker in the TNARNG. I now have a constant ringing in my ears as well. It’s a professional hazard that we can’t much escape, even with hearing protection.

  3. I spent my time in the Navy, so I am not familiar with mortars. Therefore this might look like somewhat of a stupid observation. It seems to me that they would set up a system where you would aim AFTER the round is loaded. Doesn’t the round going in throw the aim off somewhat? A fairly good sized round like that would almost have to bump things around a bit dropping in like that. Or would loading the round, aiming, then firing take too long?

    1. Hanging and dropping the round doesn’t displace the tube, but the shock of firing does. That’s why the gunner corrects the aim after every round.

    2. Brad is correct with his observation. I would add that the mortar system is held in place by a pretty robust set of shocks, so once laid, it is not going to be bumped out of alignment by casual contact. The HE round weighs, if I recall correctly, 33 lbs. Once you insert the fins into the tube, it is pretty much going straight in and down to the firing pin at the bottom. The firing does jar the system, and you will see the gunner on the left checking the sight to ensure that it is still aligned between rounds firing. If the bubbles are not level in the sight unit, he will re-lay it for elevation and/or deflection.

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