Sweden’s Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle

The Carl Gustav is the common name for the 84mm recoilless rifle anti-tank weapon from Bofors Anti Armour AB in Sweden. The Carl Gustav was first introduced in 1946, and while similar weapons of the era have generally disappeared, the Carl Gustav remains in widespread use today, and is even being introduced into new roles. British troops refer to it as the Charlie G. Canadian troops often refer to it as the 84 or Carl G. US troops often refer to it as the RAAWS or Ranger Anti-Armor Weapon System, the Gustav or simply the goose. In Australia it is irreverently known as Charlie Gutsache (guts ache, slang for stomach pain). In its country of origin it is officially named Grg m/48 (Granatgevär, meaning grenade rifle, model 48) and sometimes nicknamed Stuprör (drainpipe) due to the fact that the weapon mainly consists of a long tube. This gun was used by Jeremy Clarkson to shoot a car that was launched over a cliff for the British car show Top Gear

Type : Anti-tank
Place of origin : Sweden
Service history

In service : 1948 – Present
Used by : Austria, Australia, Canada, Chile, Czech republic, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States
Wars : Afghan War, Falklands War

Production history
Designer : Hugo Abramson and Harald Jentzen
Designed : 1946 (M1) 1964 (M2) 1991 (M3)
Manufacturer : Bofors Anti Armour AB, Sumitomo Heavy Industries (License)

Weight : 8.5 kg, 0.8 kg Mount
Length : 1.1 Meters
Crew : 1 Minimum, 2 Optimal
Caliber : 84 mm
Rate of fire : 6 Rounds/Minute
Muzzle velocity : 230-255 m/s
Feed system : Hinged Breech
Sights : Telescoped optical 3x; Laser range finder; image intensification system

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