Vietnam War

 
 


 
7.62mm M60 General
Purpose Machine Gun

The M60 was the standard general purpose machine gun of the US Army in the Vietnam War.  The weapon was first developed by Bridge Tool and Die Works and the Inland Division of General Motors Corporation.  M60 production began in 1959 by the Maremont Corporation and is still in production today.
The M60 gun is gas-operated, air-cooled and is usually used with a 100-round belt of ammunition.  The barrel is changed after 500 rounds to prevent over-heating.  The weapon is equipped with a stock, carrying handle and a built bipod.  The gun can also be used on an M122 tripod mount, M4 pedestal mount and m142 gun mount for vehicles.  Similar versions of the M60 such as the M60C were used on helicopters, M60D pintle mount for vehicles and the M60E2 internal for AFVs.

 
 12.7mm M2 HB Heavy
Machine Gun
 


The O-50 caliber M2 Heavy Barrel (HB) machine gun was developed for the US Army in the early 1930s.  The weapon was developed by John Browning and the Colt Firearms company of Hartford, Connecticut.
The machine gun is air-cooled and recoil operated, and is fed from a disintegrating metallic link belt.  The weapon can fire either single shots or fully automatic.  In fact, various types of ammunition can be fired including ball, tracer, armor piercing and armor piercing incendiary.  For ground targets the weapon is mounted on the M3 tripod while for the anti-aircraft role the M63 is used.  It may also be mounted on many armored military vehicles.
 
.45 Caliber M1911A1 Pistol
The O-45 caliber M1911 pistol was the standard American piece of World War I.  The M1911 pistol was improved in 1921 and since then it has been the standard hand-gun of the US Army.
The weapon is semi-automatic, all the user has to do is pull the trigger in order to fire the weapon.  The magazine, which is in the grip, holds a total of seven rounds. The fore sight is of the fixed blade type and the rear sight consist of a U notch on dovetail slide.
 
81mm M29 Mortar


  The 81 mm M29 mortar is the standard medium mortar of the US Army and is in service in two basic models, infantry and self-propelled.  The standard model can be disassembled into three components; the base, barrel, mount and sight, which can be carried by one soldier.  The exterior os the barrel is helically grooved both to reduce weight and to dissipate heat when a high rate of fire os being achieved.
The mortar can have a variety of bombs including the HE which has a maximum range of 5,025 yards (4595 m), the M375 bomb which has a maximum range of 5,180 yards (4737 m) and the illuminating bomb which has a maximum range of 3,444 yards (3150 m).

90mm M67 Recoilless Rifle

 The M67 was the standard Medium Anti-Tank Weapon (MAW) of the US Army for many years.  It has been recently replaced by the M47 Dragon anti-tank guided missile.  The M67 consists of a front-mounting bracket group, cable assembly, face shield group, breech and hinge mechanism group rear mounting bracket group and the rifled tube itself.  The telescopic sight on the weapon has a magnification of x 3 and a x 10 field of view.
A team of two men, one M67 MAW and five rounds of ammunition was the norm.  The weapon could be fired from the ground using the rear bipod mount and forward stand for stability or it could be fired from the shoulder.
After firing five rounds in quick succession, a fifteen minute cooling off period must elapse before any further firing was commenced.  In addition, the weapon has a danger area due to backblast which can extend up to 30 meters.

60mm M224 Lightweight

The 60mm M224 was found during the Vietnam war too heavy to be transported by a infantry even when disassembled into three main components.  The weapon was used mainly by the US Marine Corps.
The M224 comprises a lightweight finned barrel, sight, baseplate and bipod.  The M224 fires an HE bomb which provides a a more lethal blast than its predecessor, with a waterproof "horseshoe" snap-off propellant increments.

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