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Started by US Victory Museum , Jan 21 2008 09:12 AM

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#1 US Victory Museum

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:12 AM

This is a Title II (i.e. registered live) GE manufactured 2.36" M9A1 Rocket Launcher, colloquially called a Bazooka.
The US Military never called them Bazookas; they were known as Rocket Launchers. The bore size is the same
as that of a 60mm mortar M2; however, since the US mortar M2 was derived from a French WWI design it retained
the metric nomenclature, whereas the 2.36" M9A1 was purely an American invention, we used our inch pattern
nomenclature. This model is a late war variant that is designed to be broken down into two sections or ease of
mobility in dense foliage (Jungle campaign), or Airbourne drops.

In the enclosed photos you'll see a rocket sticking out the back of the launcher in the firing position. While in this
position, a spring loaded clamp engages the notches in the rocket fins. This is to prevent the rocket from sliding
out of the launcher if one is aiming down a steep hillside, or over the edge of a building (in urban combat).

Although innovative in its use of a shaped charge weapon design, the warhead was too small to be effective
against anything larger than a Panzer IV in a frontal assault. It could wreak havoc against the thin top armor
or rear armor of German Panthers and Tigers; however, when faced by a charging Panther or Tiger, the best
one could hope for would be to blow off the track and evade the coaxial mounted MG34 while beating a hasty
advance in the opposite direction.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:15 AM

Magneto powered firing mechanism. Early Rocket launchers used battery boxes, which always lose
their charges at the most inopportune times. Click! $%^&&*!@$%

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:16 AM

Rocket held by spring loaded retaining clamp (on top).

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:18 AM

Top View rear section. The two coils are the contact points for the electrical wires contained
within the rocket motor. When the rocket has been positioned, the two wires attached to the
rocket are bent backwards and affixed to the coils for firing.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:19 AM

Pop Up gun sight. It folds against the tube when not in use.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:22 AM

My backyard is clear. It's safe to come outside. BTW, this picture was taken today just before noon.
It was a balmy 61 F day. Every winter I come to love Florida more and more.

Oh yeah, this photo shows how the gun sight functions. The aim point is affixed to the glass of the
sight and is projected over the target.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 09:28 AM

A historical photo (cropped to fit the board size requirement) African American Troops in Italy.

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Posted 21 January 2008 - 07:33 PM

http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif A really neat item. Not too many live ones in collectors hands I bet. Congratulations for being one of the few owners of one, Ray

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 03:10 PM

Sorry to resurrect an old thread but i figured it was better than starting a new one.

Does anyone have more reference photos of the M9 or M9A1 being used or any other wartime pictures?

I'm also looking for the Technical Manual for the M9A1 i believe its the same number as the M1A1 TM, TM 9-294 but searches only bring up the 1942 TM for the M1A1, does anyone have a digital copy of the M9A1 version or know where to get one?

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 11:54 PM

Top View rear section. The two coils are the contact points for the electrical wires contained
within the rocket motor. When the rocket has been positioned, the two wires attached to the
rocket are bent backwards and affixed to the coils for firing.



Actually only one of those spring contact points is used to fire the rocket. There is one on each side to choose from depending on the position of the loader.

The rocket engine has the negative wire soldered to one of the fins while the positive wire comes straight out of the engine... This wire is attached to one contact point.
The negative side of the circuit is made through the fin and the clamp that holds the rocket in its launching place.
The - is the bazooka tube, while the + runs through the wire to the metal band holding the spring contacts , hence the rubber insulation band round the tube under the spring contact points band...

 

Edited by Johan Willaert, 30 June 2014 - 06:18 AM.


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Posted 01 September 2011 - 11:46 AM

Its made by Zeta-Labs http://www.airsoftpa...roducts_id=1944


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