Just over a year after announcing a handful of major of upgrades to its arsenal of shoulder-fired M3 Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle, the legendary weapon is getting yet another lethal booster shot in the form of some deadly precision-guided munitions.
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The AT-4 may be a disposable, low-cost alternative to more robust anti-tank systems, but it’s a crowd favorite. Weighing in at less than 15 pounds, the light single-shot weapon is a very popular piece of Army equipment.
After more than a year testing a handful of major upgrades to the shoulder-fired M3 recoilless rifle, the Army is racing to dole out more than 1,000 of the brutal anti-tank bazooka system to lucky soldiers around the world.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rebecca Floto/Photo illustration by Matt Battaglia
On May 21, 2011, Marine Sgt. Matthew Parker was on a patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in search of enemy weapons. Parker, a squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, set out with the rest of platoon after receiving reports that insurgents in the area had recoilless rifles.