Army & Navy - Portable Artillery

A portable, one-man weapon that fires a whopping 4.5-inch, three-foot-long projectile was described by the Army last week. It is the M-12, a bazooka-like rocket launcher consisting of a factory-loaded plastic tube and tripod, weighing 35 Ibs. in all. A one-shot piece designed for close-range use, it is fired by dry-cell batteries, is replaced forthwith by a new barrel; the empty goes to the rear for a new loading. By a wire hookup, several M-12s can be fired at once by the same gunner.

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