The Tremendous Power Of A M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle-.50 Cal Of Hurt

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Tank Be Gone.

World War II saw ever-increasing innovation when it came to both aviation and weapons in general. From birdcage to bubble canopies on planes to weapons becoming more sophisticated, everything became more user-friendly and more effective.

Afer capturing a German 10.5 cm Leichgeschutz 40, the United States started thinking of making a shoulder-fired weapon to use against tanks. A few years later in 1942, Kroger and Musser came out with the M18 57mm Recoilless Rifle. It went into full production in 1944 and was used until the 60s.

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The great thing about this weapon was the fact that it could be fired from the shoulder or from a prone position and do so with virtually no recoil. As you can imagine, that’s quite impressive when firing 57 mm round. Also, if necessary, it could be manned by a single soldier although two made it most efficient.

As for this video, the man firing the rifle customized it to be used with a .50bmg sub-caliber round. A bit bigger, it packs quite a punch. He will show you how the entire thing is assembled and then fire it from various stances. As an added bonus, he fires it at night too which looks really cool.

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