U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, familiarize themselves with the M67 90mm recoilless rifle by firing the weapon at a Forward Operating Base Orgun-E range Jan. 27th. The Soldiers fired roughly 150 rounds of 90mm ammunition. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nathan J. Hyman, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division)
"There are no obsolete weapons, only obsolete tactics." -- Mike Vanderboegh
Just received this email from Parrothead Jeff:
I saw this and thought you'd want to see it. I sent you the earlier info on the recoilless in action in some foreign mountains and figured if you liked that then you'd like this. Here's the link - http://mjm.luckygunner.com/2011/02/13/surprising-comeback-the-90mm-recoilless-rifle-returns-to-the-curahees-at-the-101st/
I found this in a post on The Firearm Blog (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2011/02/21/m67-90mm-recoilless-rifle-back-in-use) where the author on that blog said something that really reminded me of Absolved:
Being the armchair-Lieutenant that I am, it has been amusing to watch how many obsolete weapons have been brought back into action during the past decade. The M14 is one notable example. Another is the M72 LAW. The Marines should be receiving their first batch of newly manufactured M72A7 LAWs in April.
Here's the article on the LAW - http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2008/11/25/m72-law-making-a-comeback/
Best wishes for quick healing for you as well as good health and prosperity for your family!
In terrain characterized by mud huts and concrete buildings (Afghanistan and Iraq)it doesn't make any kind of sense to use an insanely expensive Javelin on them -- yet that is what we've been doing. Plus, there is no hi-tech substitute for a portable cannon firing a beehive swarm of flechettes for close-in defense. Interesting too that they are bringing back the LAWs. If they're smart, the M40 series 106mm RR will be next.
M67 in training, circa 1970s.