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4/25/2017 7:42:44 PM
Posted: 5/19/2002 8:02:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/19/2002 8:12:08 PM EDT by rainman]
Is it still considered just bullets that come out of rifles and hand guns or would morters and grenades be considered small arms also? Anything an enemy can "carry" with his hands? Would the enemy die from "small arms" fire if it came from the barrel of a gatling gun from a C130? Would a 50 cal.be considered "small Arms"? Would caliber make a difference?
Link Posted: 5/19/2002 8:30:45 PM EDT
Although the source is personally repugnant to me, here is one definition of "small arms" from the United Nations Development Program: [b]Small Arms[/b] Revolvers and self-loading pistols Assault rifles, rifles and carbines Sub-machine-guns and light machine-guns [b]Light Weapons[/b] Heavy machine-guns Hand-held and mounted grenade launchers Portable anti-aircraft guns Portable anti-tank guns, recoilless rifles Portable launchers of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile systems Mortars of calibres of less than 100 mm [b]Ammunition & Explosives[/b] Cartridges (rounds) for small arms Shells and missiles for light weapons Mobile containers with missiles or shells for single-action anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems Anti-personnel and anti-tank hand grenades Landmines and Explosives [url]www.undp.org/erd/archives/brochures/small_arms/sa8.htm[/url]
Link Posted: 5/19/2002 8:41:19 PM EDT
Small arms fire is what the Major back at the CP calls the snapping noise he hears on the radio. For the Lance Corporal providing the sitrep, there is NOTHING small about it since it can kill you just as dead as the big stuff.
Link Posted: 5/19/2002 9:22:30 PM EDT
I used to be a "Small Arms Repairman" in the Army. Spent a lot of time borescoping and re-greasing 4.2 inch mortars.
Link Posted: 5/19/2002 9:50:36 PM EDT
I would consider anything under 20mm small arms. Aviator [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 3:21:34 AM EDT
Generally speaking, anything that doesn't explode is small arms, though the 40mm(which of course does), is usually considered a type of small arm. Usually it's anything called a machinegun or smaller. Anything called a cannon (like a 20mm) is usually not considered a small arm. Ross
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 11:45:01 AM EDT
Last year, trying to get the old BBQ going, I accidentally squirted some starter fluid on my left arm. Did not notice it and then lit the thing. The result was that I had a small arms fire.
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 11:50:49 AM EDT
fire from individual, non-crew-served weapons (rifles, pistols, sub-guns) is small arms fire.
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 1:01:17 PM EDT
generally I think of small arms fire as bassically anything that an individual soldier can carry and operate. I have even seen manpads conscidered small arms before. usually when you mention small arms this is what come to mind for most people I think.
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 1:11:07 PM EDT
If I remember correctly, the army defined anything less than .60 caliber as small arms. The russian 14.5mm machines guns were about as big as I can remember seeing on a small arms list.
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 4:25:08 PM EDT
according to the US ARMY, anything that is 37 MM or smaller is a small arm...
Link Posted: 5/20/2002 4:37:45 PM EDT
Any round fired by any weapon operated by a soldier that is 5'4" or less is small arms fired...........
Link Posted: 5/21/2002 8:32:41 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DPeacher: Small arms fire is what the Major back at the CP calls the snapping noise he hears on the radio. For the Lance Corporal providing the sitrep, there is NOTHING small about it since it can kill you just as dead as the big stuff.
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Best reply. Expand on that dry, rueful humor and you can write military fiction like David Drake of "Hammer's Slammers" fame.
Link Posted: 5/21/2002 9:36:36 AM EDT
Minime with a gun
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