Weapons Wednesday: the M202A1 Flame Weapon

MDL is so Old Corps that he trained on one of these waaaay back. I asked him if he ever fired a live round. He replied, “NO.”

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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4 Responses to Weapons Wednesday: the M202A1 Flame Weapon

  1. MDL says:

    Infantry Training School, 0351 training, 198?, received a class on it, got told that it had a tendency to launch all four rockets at once. Apparently a hazard to the user, even the instructors spoke of it as a POS. Alway thought a single shot system, similar to the LAW would have been a good idea. Alas, no one listens to the brilliance of a PFC.

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  2. Mike Burke says:

    Interesting weapon; I never saw one before–when I was in ROTC summer camp in 1972, we learned how to use the flamethrower–a strikingly seductive weapon that was certainly as dangerous to the user as to the target. Later, as a lieutenant, I was responsible for training our battalion for riot control duty with a CS disperser that worked on the same principle as the flamethrower–backpack mounted compressed air pushed CS out into a cloud–that usually blew back over its firing team. I think MDL’s idea of a LAW-like incendiary weapon would have been useful–but I guess we already had Roman candles–and engineers had (and still do?) Bangalore torpedoes. Watching this training short brings back a host of memories of other, similar Army training films–the music, the flat delivery, the utter unreality of the setting. All I need now is to be in a classroom full of sleeping soldiers after lunch, forced to sit through one of these because it was on the training schedule. There’s a book waiting to be written on them as a genre.

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  3. Thomas Wilson says:

    Off subject, but by accident I saw a story that led me to the “Civilian Markmanship Program” Check it out for Gun Day posts 🙂 TAW ’79

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