How does a 60mm mortar work?

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How does a 60mm mortar work?

Modern mortars normally range in calibre from 60 mm (2.36 in) to 120 mm (4.72 in). The modern mortar is a muzzle-loaded weapon and relatively simple to operate. It consists of a tube into which the gunners drop a mortar round. When the round reaches the base of the tube it hits a fixed firing pin that fires the round.

How far can a military mortar fire?

Generally speaking, medium mortars can fire at ranges of 100 m to 5500 m, while heavy mortars have a range of some 500 m to 7,000 m (Gander & Hogg, 1993; Isby, 1988). Mortars are found in the inventories of almost all state armed forces, and a majority of larger non-state armed groups.

What is danger close for a 60mm mortar?

600 meters
FA and mortars—Danger-close target is within 600 meters of friendly troops.

How does a mortar kill?

A mortar is an artillery weapon which fires explosive shells. The shells are known as (mortar) bombs. They are fired at targets which are close, as mortars do not have long range. It has a short barrel which fires the mortar bomb at a low speed high into the air to reach its target.

How do mortars kill?

Are mortars accurate?

Mortars are not especially accurate weapons. The first round may be 100 meters or more off-target, but by adjusting the aim point, the crew can get on target after a few shots. When aiming at a tree line from which enemy fire is coming, or an company dug in across an entire hilltop, precision is not so vital.

Is the Brandt 60 mm a direct fire mortar?

The Brandt 60mm LR gun-mortar was developed directly from the Brandt Mle CM60A1 and retains the same falling block breech mechanism reminiscent of direct fire artillery. The firing pin is automatically withdrawn when the breech is unlocked, reducing the potential for misfire.

What kind of gun is a 60 mm mortar?

The Brandt 60 mm Long Range gun-mortar is a breech loading mortar capable of firing on a flat trajectory. It was developed from the Brandt Mle CM60A1 and resembles a long-barrelled, long-ranged variant of that weapon.

What was the mortar system used in World War 2?

In 1935 French ironworker Edward William Brandt engineered the Brandt mle 27/31 mortar system which the United States studied, derived from and transmuted into the M1 81mm and M2 60mm mortar systems. Both were liberally utilized during WWII.

What is the range of a LR mortar?

The LR gun-mortar has a total length of 1.8 metres. Different variants were produced with electrical or mechanical firing mechanisms. The LR gun-mortar was designed to fire specialized long range ammunition with an indirect fire range of 5,000 metres and a direct fire range of 500 metres.

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