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2005-11-16 Science & Technology
Marines Quiet About Brutal New Weapon
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Posted by Anonymoose 2005-11-16 16:49|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [334 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Reminds me of a joke that was going around when I was in the Corps. Something about the reason the USMC doesn't have nukes is because they'd try to make hand grenades out of the damned things.
Posted by BH 2005-11-16 17:03||   2005-11-16 17:03|| Front Page Top

#2 Can it fire white phosphorus rounds?
Posted by tu3031 2005-11-16 17:06||   2005-11-16 17:06|| Front Page Top

#3 Actually the most brutal weapon the Marines have is the Drill Instructor.

Of course to the article has to whine about the "brutalness" of the weapon. It is war jackass. You try to kill the other guy and keep your guys alive. Use anything to make this happen. Period.
Posted by mmurray821 2005-11-16 17:08||   2005-11-16 17:08|| Front Page Top

#4 How about depleted uranium white phosphorus rounds?
Posted by tu3031 2005-11-16 17:09||   2005-11-16 17:09|| Front Page Top

#5 Beverage Alert, please, tu!

/off to find a mop...
Posted by Seafarious">Seafarious  2005-11-16 17:14||   2005-11-16 17:14|| Front Page Top

#6 What about depleted uranium white phosphorus cluster bomb flamethrower land mine rounds?
Posted by tu3031 2005-11-16 17:16||   2005-11-16 17:16|| Front Page Top

#7 Thermobaric rounds are also in use for smaller rounds like shotguns, and will be extremely useful for clearing rooms and such when closer combat is required.

Mmmmm BBQ

Posted by ElvisHasLeftTheBuilding 2005-11-16 18:00||   2005-11-16 18:00|| Front Page Top

#8 These days, every civilian casualty means a few more "hearts and minds" are lost.

Nobody's perfect.
Posted by Bomb-a-rama 2005-11-16 18:13||   2005-11-16 18:13|| Front Page Top

#9 "Thermobaric Urban Destruction"

I love it! The last thing the islamofascists hear as the building collapes on them: "ThUD!"
Posted by Dar">Dar  2005-11-16 18:16||   2005-11-16 18:16|| Front Page Top

#10 Keep in cookin' in the research lab, folks, this is gonna be a long war on terrs.

What's in the tank for the Iranian moolahs?
Posted by Captain America 2005-11-16 18:46||   2005-11-16 18:46|| Front Page Top

#11 I am pretty sure that there were fewer undecided hearts and minds in Fallujah for the winning than there are at a convention.
Posted by Super Hose 2005-11-16 19:15||   2005-11-16 19:15|| Front Page Top

#12 The M-14 has worked out so well, that now the Green Machine reaches way back.....

Posted by Shipman 2005-11-16 19:31||   2005-11-16 19:31|| Front Page Top

#13 But in an era of precision bombs, where collateral damage is expected to be kept to a minimum, such massively brutal weapons have become highly controversial. These days, every civilian casualty means a few more "hearts and minds" are lost.

Losing the "hearts and minds" of people who dance around buring troop carriers doesn't strike me as being very high on our list of concerns.

Making a nest of terrorist gunmen collapse upon itself sounds just ducky. Hiding indoors is going to lose a whole lot of its appeal in very short order. Just think of it; House by to house interdiction of insurgent militias. What's not to like?

"Got 'em? Good. Okay, Jake, now flatten the next one!"

Just think of it as an extremely compact and readily portable D-9. This is precisely what the technology invented by our free nation was designed to do for us. All whiners, please report to the SMAW -NE testing grounds for human factors efficacy verification.
Posted by Zenster 2005-11-16 19:36||   2005-11-16 19:36|| Front Page Top

#14 Well, bless my soul, Ship. A Davy Crockett nuclear recoiless rifle. That appears to be the M-28 version, 120mm, 116 pounds with a 1.5 mile range. Just a pipsqueak of a warhead, only a yield of 40 tons of TNT. Still, it will remodel the neighborhood.
Posted by Steve">Steve  2005-11-16 20:01||   2005-11-16 20:01|| Front Page Top

#15 nice response to a Paleo Qassam tho' heh heh
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2005-11-16 20:06||   2005-11-16 20:06|| Front Page Top

#16 I don't suppose anyone is about to place an IED detector on the market. Take IEDs away from Iraqi terrorists, and then all they have is suicide-torpedos.
Posted by CaziFarkus 2005-11-16 20:07||   2005-11-16 20:07|| Front Page Top

Posted by KBK 2005-11-16 20:12||   2005-11-16 20:12|| Front Page Top

#18 1.5 mile range? What was the blast radius? I sure hope < 1.5 miles.
Posted by Jackal">Jackal  2005-11-16 20:12||]">[]  2005-11-16 20:12|| Front Page Top

#19 Raisin' the roof!!
Posted by KBK 2005-11-16 20:13||   2005-11-16 20:13|| Front Page Top

#20 The problem with the Davy Crockett was that its range was substantially less than a Sov tank column could cover in, say, five minutes. And since the Sovs were going to make the first move, the Davy Crocketts would have been either destroyed or turned around.
Posted by Richard Aubrey">Richard Aubrey  2005-11-16 20:21||   2005-11-16 20:21|| Front Page Top

#21 That M-28 looks like something straight outta Michael Nesmith's "Neighborhood Nuclear Superiority" skit.
Posted by Zenster 2005-11-16 22:11||   2005-11-16 22:11|| Front Page Top

#22 I would not want to have that M-28 land short after lighting her off.
Posted by Alaska Paul">Alaska Paul  2005-11-16 22:26||   2005-11-16 22:26|| Front Page Top

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