Infantry Drills

G-9: M72-Series Light Antitank Weapon

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G-9. The M72 LAWs used by Infantry platoons and squads today are the M72A3 and M72A7. The M72 series are available as a contingency by request. They are lightweight and self-contained SLM consisting of a rocket packed in a launcher. (See figures G-3 through G-5, pages G-5 through G-7.) They are man-portable, and may be fired from either shoulder. The launcher, which consists of two tubes, one inside the other, serves as a watertight packing container of the rocket and houses a percussion-type firing mechanism activating the rocket.

Figure G-3. M72A3 LAW

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