Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle Fired At Taliban During Firefight

January 20, 2017

 

During a firefight in Panjwai Kandahar, Afghanistan, the Carl Gustav is deployed to strike Taliban pinned down in a grapehut. The video is shown from two angles and played back in slow motion where the round is visible leaving the rifle.

 

The Carl Gustaf is an 84 mm man-portable reusable anti-tank recoilless rifle produced by Saab Bofors Dynamics (formerly Bofors Anti-Armour AB) in Sweden. Although most rounds fired by the Carl Gustaf work on the classic recoilless principle, modern rounds sometimes add a post-firing booster that technically make it a rocket launcher.

 

The first prototype of the Carl Gustaf was produced in 1946 as a lightweight anti-armor weapon, one of many similar designs of that era. While similar weapons have generally disappeared from service, the Carl Gustaf remains in widespread use today.

 

A combination of light weight, low cost and widely varied ammunition types, makes the Carl Gustaf extremely flexible and able to be used in a wide variety of roles where single-purpose weapons like the M72 LAW passed out of service as newer tank designs rendered them ineffective. 

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