The M72 LAW rocket launcher is iconic. Seen used in the Vietnam war and after its been seen every where since.
(Light Anti-Tank Weapon, also referred to as the Light Anti-Armor Weapon or LAW as well as LAWS: Light Anti-Armor Weapons System) is a portable one-shot 66-mm unguided anti armor rocket. Adopted in 1963 by the US Army and USMC as their primary ant tank weapon, it replaced the rifle grenade and the M20A1 “BAzooka”.
The M72 LAW was issued as a prepackaged round of ammunition. Improvements to the launcher and differences in the ammunition were differentiated by a single designation. The original M72 warhead penetrated 200mm/8 inches of armor, while the improved M72A2 model boosts this to 300mm/12 inches.
The M72 is simple to use. But just in case you are a few rounds short of a full magazine, the instructions are on the tune as seen above.
You pull the pin that lets you open the weapon.
Pull it out to extend it and release the sights.
The front sight is calibrated for distances.
The rear is a simple peep.
I couldn’t manage to get a clear picture of them lined up through the rear sight so here they are offset to show.
When you are ready, you hold down the front rubberized button to deactivate the safety, then depressed the rear one to fire.
Once the rocket is gone, you toss away the now empty useless tube.
|M72 EC Mk.1||450 mm|
|M72 EC Mk.2||300 mm|