Cool Guns: Rockets Missiles And Grenade Launchers
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Designed in the 1960s by the USSR, the RPG-7 is probably the most distinctive rocket-propelled grenade launcher aside from the classic Bazooka. Its construction, like most Soviet weaponry, is incredibly simple; it's basically a steel tube with wooden guards. This also makes it incredibly cheap. Dozens of imitations exist; typically Chinese copies with one handle are used in movies when authentic two-handle launchers are not available. RPG, by the way, stands for Ruchnoy Protivotankovyy Granatomyot
(hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher), though it is often backronymed as "rocket propelled grenade." A Chinese copy, the Norinco Type 69, looks almost identical to the RPG-7 except for the second handle being on top. Typically only the basic single-warhead anti-tank rocket will be seen in fiction (the one with the iconic cone shaped front), even if the more advanced dual-warhead anti-tank or the anti-personnel fragmentation and thermobaric rockets would be more appropriate. Likewise you're unlikely to see the newer RPG-29
at all, even if the modern Russian Army is featured.
- Un-cool drawback: The RPG-7 is typically portrayed as horrifically inaccurate and therefore close-ranged, when in fact it's good up to 300 meters, far beyond what's seen in video game maps and film scenes, and a proficient operator can even use it to down helicopters.
- If this weapon is not in the hands of Soviets/Russians or the Warsaw Pact countries, it typically is in the hands of Middle-Easterners and in Africa. Wherever the AK-47 is, the RPG-7 will be as well.
- Used when fighting Dirty Communists in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Despite the movie taking place in 1957, four years too early for the RPG-7. Presumably a stand-in for much the less famous RPG-2.
- The Joker uses one as part of the various War On Terror metaphors in The Dark Knight.
- Hayden Tenno gets to use a weird version in darkSector, with one handle and what appears to be almost all of an RPG-2 joined upside-down to the front of the tube. It has an optic sight and fires guided missiles instead of unguided rockets.
- Doctor Who. Ace takes out a Dalek with one in Remembrance of the Daleks, though it's supposed to be some sort of fictional British anti-tank weapon.
- Water (1985). Two Cuban terrorists use one to interrupt a news conference by a British government mouthpiece.
- Marty McFly sees one in his rear-view mirror in Back to the Future, carried by the 'Libyans'. He figures that getting up to 90 would be the best way to evade it. He was off by 2 miles per hour, of course.
- Just one of the many heavy weapons used by Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica during the final battle against Walpurgis Night.
- One of the weapons used in the Whateley Universe by the Syndicate minions in "Christmas Elves". Generator then uses one to bust Fey out of a trap impervious to Fey's magic.
- Just as in the actual incident, the RPG-7 was the weapon of choice for Somali militia to bring down the titular helicopters in Black Hawk Down.
- Available quite uncommonly in 7.62 High Caliber. Considering the lack of armored vehicles to destroy, it mostly provides a way to deliver explosives at longer range.
- The Soldier's Rocket Launcher in Team Fortress 2 is strongly based on the RPG-7.
- A strange use in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars — Nod militant rocket squads use a recognizable RPG-7 with two barrels◊ for... some reason. (Fanon suggests that the second rocket isn't fired from that position, it's just an extra clipped there so the militant can quickly fire again without needing a loader.)
- A staple of Grand Theft Auto games' Heavy Weapons slots. Unlike the trend, it's pinpoint accurate provided you can aim it correctly with the horrible crosshair the game provides. It has to be aimed, too: try to fire it normally and the trigger will just click.
- Used in a flashback in Racer and the Geek by both mercenaries and Chechneyan rebels in an ambush on an armored column.
M 202 FLASH
A four-tube shoulder-fired incendiary rocket launcher, the M202 FLame Assault SHoulder weapon was designed to replace heavy and obsolete flamethrowers in the US inventory and first produced in 1978, being based on an experimental napalm launcher trialled extensively during the Vietnam War
. The suitcase-sized 27-pound launcher is usually depicted in fiction as a regular rocket launcher rather than using the special thickened pyrophoric agent rounds it actually fires. It's favored by videogames wanting to give the player a modern-era BFG
, due to it looking like someone stripped a rocket pod off a helicopter and gave it a pistol grip and sight. A similar Soviet weapon is RPO Shmel, which has only one barrel, but can also fire fuel-air warheads.
- Most famously used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando, particularly during the comically over-the-top Storming the Castle finale.
- Appears in the James Bond videogames The World Is Not Enough and Nightfire as the "AT-420 Sentinel." Strangely, they have a guided option.
- The missile launcher in Far Cry is clearly based on the M202, and in the console games was replaced with an actual M202.
- Has an odd tendency to appear as the ultimate weapon in earlier Resident Evil games.
- The Helghast rocket launcher in the first Killzone was based on it, but had only three tubes rather than four. This is of very little comfort if you happen to be staring down the barrel of one.
- Carrie Fischer's prop rocket launcher in The Blues Brothers is obviously based on the M202.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops features the M202 under the suitably intimidating name of "Grim Reaper". Given the game's timeline placement in the Vietnam War, it might be meant to represent the earlier XM191 prototype.
- Team Fortress 2 gives the Soldier a craftable rocket launcher called the Black Box based on the M202, which is the FLASH body with only a single barrel—not that it matters, since he still stuffs rockets into the business end one behind the other.
- Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage has Jagi's level 3 Hyper Signature Move featuring an M202; Jagi pulls one out of the ground, fires a miniature nuke from it, and then rolls back with the blast wave, slapping the ground in maniacal glee.
- In Sengoku Basara 3, Magoichi Saika has one of these as the capstone of her Basara attack and as a Super Art. It's just better to not ask how she manages to have a quad-barrel rocket launcher in Sengoku-era Japan—it's far from the worst of the series' historical infractions.
FGM- 148 Javelin
Developed in the 90s to replace the unpopular and obsolete M47 Dragon launcher, the Javelin is a crew-served soft-launch missile system, firing a 127mm tandem-charge anti-tank missile designed to defeat modern explosive reactive armour. The weapon consists of a disposable launch tube and a CLU (command launch unit) which contains the optics and guidance system; this is detached from the empty tube after firing. The launcher can be set to direct engagement mode to attack point targets or helicopters, or set to climb and then descend on the target from above to attack the weaker top surface of armored vehicles. This last feature is particularly devastating, as modern tank armor (which is almost all on the sides of the vehicles) is not easily defeated by shoulder-launched weapons, but the top of a tank or APC has very little armor in comparison.
- Seen in three missions in Call of Duty 4, where it's stuck in top-attack mode. It's shown similarly in Modern Warfare 2, even when attacking helicopters where the launcher should be in direct fire mode.
- There is a direct-fire mode Javelin in Call of Duty 4, in the level "All In". However, it's out of the way, to the point where it's easy to miss. (It's on a balcony above where you take out the two BM Ps around the silos.)
- Metal Gear Solid 4 allows Snake to cart a Javelin around with him; it's shown as user-guided rather than fire-and-forget, and Snake discards the entire launcher after every shot rather than detaching the CLU.
- The 2005 remake of The War of the Worlds features this weapon being used by US Army soldiers to bring down one of the alien tripods at the climax of the film when it's discovered its shields are malfunctioning.
- America's Army has the Javelin as a playable weapon, and allows it to be operated in top-attack or direct-attack modes.
- An unlockable launcher for engineer class in Battlefield 3, though unlike its real life counterpart, it cannot attack air targets unless they're painted by laser, will only do direct attack against ground vehicles unless target is painted by laser, and will only do top attack against painted targets, even if said target is an aircraft.
- Presumably names the Allied Javelin Trooper in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, which may or may not be anachronistic. (As though you could tell either way.) The troopers themselves, however, do not act like it; their missile launchers have Bottomless Magazines and, when used in laser lock-on mode, can achieve a rate of fire that's positively automatic.
The M79 is a break-action single-shot 40x46mm grenade launcher, most resembling a sawed-off shotgun with a giant barrel and upside-down stock. First deployed during the Vietnam War with the aim of providing increased firepower to dismounted infantry without resorting to more cumbersome rifle grenade launchers, it functioned mainly as a middle ground between hand-thrown grenades and full-on mortars. Nicknamed the "Thumper" or "Blooper" due to the distinctive report, the M79 was a popular weapon among troops, but its size and weight limited it to designated grenadiers. It was largely replaced with the M203 underbarrel launcher as the latter came into service, since the M203 allowed the user to also function as a rifleman. The rather old-fashioned, no-nonsense look of the weapon means it's a popular choice as a personal BFG
in both movies and videogames. A rare
pump-action four-shot weapon based on the design also exists, known as the China Lake Launcher.
- Cool Action: Snapping the M79 closed by flicking the barrel upwards after inserting a new round. There's a high chance anyone doing this will go on to fire the weapon one-handed because the motion may accidentally cause the weapon to fire and possibly breaking their wrist. So in other words: Awesome but Impractical.
- Likely to be seen in any Vietnam War movie in the hands of a grenadier; in less realistic cases, it might be carried by a regular rifleman. In video games, it's very likely that the weight issue preventing its use alongside a rifle will be ignored entirely, even in games ostensibly using a Limited Loadout for realism purposes.
- One of the most iconic uses is in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, where Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator uses an M79 to finally defeat the shape-shifting T1000. It was also the most powerful weapon in Terminator 2: The Arcade Game.
- A favorite in the Syphon Filter video game series, particularly for its effectiveness against enemies wearing body armour or if the player just wants to see some bad guys fly. Gabe used it one-handed in the first three games but it was switched to a two-handed weapon in The Omega Strain.
- A Scary Black Man uses one with uncanny accuracy on a name-calling VC infiltrator in Apocalypse Now.
- Former Symbol agent Wan uses one during his introductory scene in Gasaraki.
- In episode 3 of Black Lagoon Revy uses one of these to finish off Luak's ship as he tries to escape.
- Appears in Left 4 Dead 2 and is devastating against massed hordes of zombies. Balanced by the fact that it is the only weapon that cannot be reloaded from found ammunition stocks.
- Killing Floor features one meant to be used by the Demolition perk; a player that has leveled that perk high enough can even start a game or respawn with one for free. Then there's a Bling-Bling-BANG! DLC pack that, among others, introduces a gilded M79 with golden shells.
- Shows up in Far Cry 2, where it is incredibly useful because it provides much-needed punch for use against vehicles yet occupies the sidearm weapon category, and thus doesn't prevent the player from carrying assault rifles or shotguns.
- It appears in several of the Resident Evil games, using real life explosive rounds, and fake ones like acid, napalm and freeze rounds. In the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis novel, Jill uses one with 40mm buckshot rounds.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 features the Thumper as a secondary weapon. Call of Duty: Black Ops instead features the China Lake, given its propensity toward exotic prototype weaponry.
- Fallout: New Vegas features both versions, the single shot M79 called the "Grenade Rifle" and the four shot China Lake version dubbed the "Grenade Launcher." The Lonesome Road DLC adds several upgraded versions with patriotic names and color schemes, like the Great Bear Grenade Rifle (which has blue painted furniture and a white US Army star on the stock), while the Dead Money DLC's "Holorifle" is also based on the China Lake.
- Available as one of two grenade launchers in 7.62 High Caliber, allowing for more precise firing of grenades at longer ranges.
- It appears in Payday The Heist with the Wolf Pack DLC as the "GL40", where it can be fitted with a rangefinder.
- Very handy in Alien Shooter Vengeance, where it appears as an early-game explosive weapon that will easily reduce whole swarms of the basic bug enemies into a fine red paste.
- Team Fortress 2's Grenade Launcher has the barrel, foregrip, and stock of an M79, but it's more of a revolver grenade launcher, noted below. The Loch-and-Load is an M79 modified to have two barrels in an over-under arrangement.
- An M79 can be found in Parasite Eve in the hospital's basement, and upgraded versions of it (designated with a "2", "3", etc.) throughout the game from there on.
The M203 is a 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher developed by AAI during the failed SALVO and SPIW trials which were aimed at replacing the M16; the rifles themselves were discarded, but the underbarrel launcher concept eventually found its way onto the M16 and M4, replacing the stand-alone M79 grenade launcher. The M203 uses the rifle's magazine as a grip, and the sliding handguard is used to both cock the weapon and access the breech. While designed for the AR-15 platform, conversion kits exist to fit it to many other rifles
, or even turn it into a stand-alone weapon. Plans are currently underway to replace it with the M320 launcher (a modified version of the German AG36), a side-loading underbarrel launcher with a number of advantages over the M203 such as double-action operation, accommodation for a wider variety of ammunition, and an integral sight. Similar weapons include the German AG36 (mounted on the the G36, SA80 and XM8) and Belgian ELGM (aka GL1 or Mk 13 Mod 0, depending on whether it's attached to an F2000 or a SCAR), which fire the same grenades as the M203, and the Russian GP25 and GP30 (mounted on the various AK models), which are muzzle-loaded and use caseless grenades. Some of these launchers can be mounted with their own stock and pistol grip as standalone weapons, but these are rarely seen in fiction.
- Common in any depiction of the US military, and popular as an accessory to weapons in videogames; in multiplayer games, it has long been referred to as the "noob tube" due to the tendency of new users to abuse it.
- 37mm flare guns that look similar to the M203 are a popular civilian-legal accessory for AR-15s, and these are usually the props used for M203 film and television appearances.
- Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, and Black Ops have this weapon as an attachment for most assault rifles, where it's a favorite weapon in multiplayer matches. Unfortunately it's got a notorious reputation as one of the most frequently used weapons by new players/screaming micspamming kids, so it's also known as "the noob tube". Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II largely replace it with the M320.
- Scarface (1983): "Say hello to my little friend!"
- Battlefield: Bad Company features this on most American assault rifles.
- Mack Bolan used one even before the weapon was widely known.
- The M203 and GP-30 show up in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow Of Chernobyl as add-ons for most of the Western and Russian assault rifles respectively. However, limited ammunition availability, the excess weight, and the rarity with which you face bunched-up enemies pushes them into borderline Awesome, yet Impractical.
- Another Demolition weapon in Killing Floor is an M4 assault rifle with an M203 attached beneath which gives them an edge to deal with smaller zeds with the rifle itself while scrakes and fleshpounds get the big boom underneath it.
- Also as above, the M16 unlocked after beating Black difficulty mode in Black has an M203 attached.
- Absolutely available in 7.62 High Calibre, though it negatively affects the balance of the gun it's attached to.
- Eldritch has one on her M16A4 in the Whateley Universe. Watch out for a superpowered mutant who carries around an M203.
- The M203 appears slung under the widest variety of weapons of any grenade launcher in Project Reality, mounted under the M16A1, M16A4, M4, C7A2, and Colt Model 653.
- Used in the Stargate Verse, usually as an underbarrel launcher (in which case it's normally actually a Cobray CM203 flare launcher standing in). In SG-1: "The Fifth Man", however, Jack O'Neill fits one with a stock and pistol grip as a makeshift anti-aircraft weapon, downing a death glider with it.
- An M203 can be found in the Chinatown Sewers in Parasite Eve, with upgraded variants available from then on. It also returns as an attachment for the M4A1 rifle in Parasite Eve 2. Useful if you like to use grenades as it frees up an inventory slot instead of having to keep the Grenade Pistol handy. The Grenade Pistol itself appears to be a stand-alone M203 modified to be handheld.
Grenade Launchers with revolver-style magazines
There are a large number of launchers that use a revolver-style cylinder magazine, dating back to the Manville Machine Projector
, a 1930s tear gas launcher; this formed the basis of the later Hawk MM-1 developed in the 70s. Modern examples include the Russian RG-6 launcher, essentially a frame holding six separate GP30 launcher tubes, and the MGL-140 / M32, which is becoming an increasingly common sight in movies and games due to its tacticool appearance. Such launchers are very popular with police and anti-riot units due to their ability to fire a wide range of incapacitating rounds and sustained fire abilities, and 37mm launchers made by companies such as Enfield and DefTech are often seen in movies substituting for their more lethal cousins.
- Riot launchers are likely to be seen in anything involving riot police or SWAT units.
- In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a SWAT unit equipped with MM-1 launchers loaded with tear gas storms the Cyberdyne building. Arnold Schwarzenegger later takes one of the launchers for himself (tear gas being completely ineffective against a Terminator), at one point firing it point-blank at a hapless officer.
- The Transformers Film Series feature a variety of revolver launchers used to fire the "special sabot rounds" which are the only thing that can harm the Decepticons.
- The RGB-6 (a Croatian clone of the Milkor MGL) shows in Metal Gear Solid 2 as a usable weapon, and a Milkor MGL is used by Raging Raven in 4.
- An RG-6 is available in STALKER: Shadow Of Chernobyl, called the "Bulldog 6" as part of the game's A.K.A.-47 tendencies. It's heavy, you can't sprint with it out, and it chews through grenade ammo like you wouldn't believe, but MAN is it fun to use.
- The 1980 movie of The Dogs of War had a number of "XM-18's" (actually Manville guns) used for the climatic attack.
- The Demoman in Team Fortress 2 uses one as his primary weapon, though it can hold only 4 shots even if the gun model clearly shows a 6-shot magazine.
- "You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling."
- The RG-6 is one of two grenade launchers in 7.62 High Caliber and the only multi-shot explosive weapon.
- The fictional "Volley Gun" in Bioshock Infinite is basically a Steam Punk MGL, with a fancy gilded cylinder and wooden grips.
- Killing Floor features the M32 launcher for the Demolition perk, the only drawback is its long reload time compared to how fast it can be emptied.
- Far Cry 2 has a Milkor MGL available, though downgraded to a 4 round cylinder that's incorrectly pulled straight out of the gun and replaced like a magazine (the real gun simply pivots half the gun to the side and you load grenades from the rear like a big revolver....which is what it is). However, it's depicted with a very realistic range and velocity (unlike most video games, which show grenades as having a lower velocity than a pitched baseball). Coupled with a scope and high explosive rounds, the MGL ends up being capable of clearing out an entire checkpoint or a large swath of an enemy base with just a few shots. While one can be acquired early in a buddy mission, it's prevented from being a Disc One Nuke by being in extremely poor condition (as all buddy mission weapons are), meaning that it likely won't last for many shots before breaking.
- A fictional design is available in GoldenEye 007}}, famously dual-wielded with a P90 submachine gun by Xenia Onatopp. The guns can, in turn, be taken from her corpse and used together as well.
- The Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber not only adds the Milkor MGL, but also the Manville 25mm grenade launchers from the above Dogs of War. The ammo is very rare (albeit lightweight) and the gun is just as rare and takes ages to reload, but nothing can put down explosives quite like it.
- In RWBY, Nora Valkyrie carries a Grenade Launcher that turns into a War Hammer
- A DefTech 37mm launcher is memorably (and hilariously) used in Hot Shots! Part Deux. It even causes its (splattered) victim to comment that it is "one hell of a gun."
- An MM-1 grenade launcher becomes available in the late-game segment of Parasite Eve 2 if you're on the True Ending path.
- Lara Croft in Tomb Raider III uses one, though for balancing purposes, she has to reload after every shot instead of being able to fire multiple grenades in rapid succession. The weapon returns in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation and it comes with multiple ammo types.
Designed as a crew-served weapon to provide high firepower to infantry and light vehicles, this 73-pound blowback-operated 40mm grenade launcher first entered service during the Vietnam War where it was used on river patrol boats, and has been in use ever since. Capable of firing at around 350rpm, the weapon is accurate out to just under a mile against point targets, and can be mounted on a tripod; more commonly, however, it is mounted on ground vehicles or helicopters. The weapon's heavy weight is its principal shortcoming, and efforts are underway to replace it with a more sophisticated and modern weapon; the cancelled XM307 was one such attempt, while the Mark 47 Mod 0 is currently being evaluated as a possible candidate. The Mark 19 has been exported and copied extensively, and will likely remain in service in other countries for a long time to come.
- A frequent sight in movies and videogames set during or after the Vietnam War; it's not so frequent to see it actually fired in a movie, however.
- Far Cry featured a curious depiction of the Mk 19 as a single-shot weapon with an automated rangefinding system. Far Cry 2 featured a more accurate depiction mounted on trucks and boats, but for balancing purposes the rate of fire was toned down to about one shot every 2 seconds.
- Seen in Jurassic Park III mounted on Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicles.
- Usable in Battlefield 2.
- Call Of Duty 4 features the Mk 19 during the Shock and Awe mission.
- America's Army features the Mk 19 as one of the weapons on the CROWS turrets.
- Phoenix Force. A Mk19 mounted on a Fast Attack Vehicle is used to decimate a small army in "Aswan Hellbox".
Literally “Armor Fist” in German, this was the
anti-tank weapon of the German Army in WWII. It consisted of a small pre-loaded launch tube that fired a shaped-charge explosive warhead specifically designed to penetrate tank armor. Operated by a single soldier, it was also the first such weapon designed to be disposable, the spent tube (which was made of low-grade steel) was simply thrown away after firing. It was easy to manufacture, simple to use, and, at only eleven pounds, very light compared to the damage it could cause. A solid hit from the Panzerfaust could destroy almost any Allied tank short of the notoriously tough-to-kill Russian heavy tanks. The final mass-produced versions were nominally accurate to a hundred meters and could defeat up to eight inches of armor. The overall simplicity also encouraged them to be issued to everyone and anyone from regular soldiers to the most poorly-trained conscripts. As the conflict drew to a close, some civilian volunteer units were equipped with nothing but
this weapon in the hopes they could knock out at least some of the approaching Soviet armor
. The distinct profile ( somewhat resembling half of a giant cotton swab) makes it instantly recognizable and can be the defining “Oh, Crap
” moment when someone pops out of cover with one and takes aim.
- Just about every WWII video game has this filling the "rocket launcher" slot for the Axis side, usually opposite the Allied Bazooka.
- Medal of Honor
- Call of Duty
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It is incorrectly depicted as a rocket launcher, with the projectile trailing flame and smoke while in flight. In reality, it used a small amount of black powder to "toss" a shaped charge bomb.
- The Principality of Zeon and their remnants (and their remnants' remnants) from the Gundam metaseries make use of giant robot-sized ones. From when the Zaku I and the Zudah were competing to be Zeon's main mobile suit up to the conflict over Laplace's Box, the Zekes have it as a mainstay in their armouries.
- Appears by name in Heavy Gear 2, where they are mostly used for short-range (less than 100 meters) attacks against tanks or the heaver models of Gears. Comes in light, medium, and heavy varieties, in increasing order of cost and power. Good luck scoring a direct hit beyond that 100 meter range, though.
- Plenty show up in the hands of SS troops in Fury (2014).
M 1 / M 9 / M 20 Bazooka
The M1 rocket launcher was developed in the US; while the basic idea of a rocket-powered recoilless infantry weapon had been around since World War 1, the weapon was not first issued until 1942. The name 'bazooka' came from how it resembled Bob Burns's 'bazooka' instrument in the 30s, and the name stuck so well that any biggish gun or rocket launcher risks being called a bazooka. The M9 version used an optic sight, reinforced tube and a more powerful rocket, while the M20 "Super Bazooka", introduced during the Korean War, used a much larger round with increased range. Soviet soldiers found it a very welcome change from obsolete anti-tank rifles when it was provided to them by Lend-Lease, and the Germans soon produced their own version using a massive 88mm round, the Panzerschreck. Study of captured Panzerschrecks in turn inspired the creation of the post-war M20. The Bazooka was ultimately phased out during the Vietnam war, replaced by the M72 LAW disposable launcher.
- More or less any WW2 movie or videogame which contains tanks will also contain bazookas to fire at them.
- Used by Easy Company soldiers against German tanks in Band of Brothers.
- Used in all the WW2 Call of Duty games by the player and other squad members; usually the M1, though the M9 is used in World at War.
- You end up using (and taking fire from) Bazookas towards the end of the War segment in Conkers Bad Fur Day. It's in the multiplayer modes, too.
- Saving Private Ryan One is used by Sgt. Horvath to destroy one of the German armored vehicles during the climactic assault. He then fires it again at the frontal armor of a Tiger tank, against which it does no good.
The M72 LAW (Light Anti-Armor Weapon) is a Vietnam-era development focused on cutting down launcher weight and size when compared to the WWII Bazooka while still allowing a soldier to carry enough firepower to knock out armored targets. It consists of a single unguided 66mm rocket enclosed in a collapsible launch tube. Once fired, a set of fins on the rocket deploy to stabilize it in flight, and it is fused to detonate on contact with the target. Like the Panzerfaust, the design is geared towards simplicity and cheap construction, with the tube doubling as the carrying case for the rocket itself and intended to be discarded after firing. That doesn't stop some movies from making the mistake of treating it as reloadable like the earlier bazooka. Tests have been underway since The Eighties
to find a successor (such as the more powerful AT-4), but the LAW’s low cost and easy “everyman” use means it will probably be staying in service for the foreseeable future. A common sight in action movies as it gives the hero the ability to single-handedly deal some serious damage like blowing up vehicles and small structures. The relative ease of finding a spent launch tube on the collector’s market to use as a prop also helps.
- In Ronin, one is employed to blow up a carload of mooks during the car Chase Scene.
- Chuck Norris uses one to deal with the Big Bad at the end of Invasion USA (1985).
- Rambo used this to destroy a helicopter in the second movie.
- Dirty Harry in The Enforcer.
- “D-Fens” Foster fires one in Falling Down.
- The most expensive weapon for the Demolition perk in Killing Floor is called the LAW (though the actual model is mostly based on the British LAW 80); killing the Patriarch with it nets you the achievement "The LAW That Broke The Camel's Back".
- Call of Duty: Black Ops - Available in both single and multiplayer modes. The game makes the mistake of showing it as capable of locking on to aircraft, though the opportunity to do so only occurs in online play.
- Max Payne 3 features the LAW during a sequence where Max must destroy an armored truck.
- Used to take out a couple of North Korean tanks late in Red Phoenix. A little later on in the same battle, they provide critical fire support to take out a fortified position menacing the US's only supply and evacuation route into the city.
- The Big Bad in True Lies uses this during the Florida Keys shootout in an unsuccessful attempt to kill Ahnold's character.
- The RPG-18, a Soviet equivalent, is available in 7.62 High Caliber and is correctly depicted as disposable.
- Available in Parasite Eve if you give Wayne 300 Junk and ask him to make you a rocket launcher.
A surface-to-air missile system that entered service in the 1980s. It's main work history thus far has been being used in Afghanistan by terrorists. Contrary to popular myth, the Stinger's influence on the Afganskaya Vojna was limited. Soviet tactical adaptations, and the system's technical limitations, kept it from ever being a decisive weapon. It only entered into the fray in 1986, which meant that it only was involved in just over 2 years of a roughly 10 year war. The CIA also only managed to get about 1300 Stingers into Afghanistan. Soviet aircraft losses from the entire war totaled 351. Yes, that number includes all aircraft shot down, all aircraft which crashed from weather, pilot error, and mechanical problems. Aircraft losses did not climb significantly after the introduction of the Stinger. The FIM-92 man-portable version, although by no means the only MANPADS in service, is one of the best known. An air-launched version, the AIM-92 or Air-to-Air Stinger (ATAS), also exists for use by helicopters and Predator UAVs, and the M6 Linebacker, Humvee and AN/TWQ-1 Avenger vehicles are also able to launch Stingers.
- Features in Licence to Kill and a key point of the plot, as well as the focus of a stunt involving an 18-wheeler going up on 9 wheels.
- In Golden Eye, Q mentions that the BMW Z3 he's giving bond has Stinger missiles behind the headlamps, not that it is actually possible considering that the missiles are half the length of the car and there is nowhere for the backblast to go.
- One is used to destroy a Goa'uld fighter in Stargate SG-1.
- The Stinger appears in both the original Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, where it is required to shoot down aircraft, and the only weapon effective against Metal Gears. It's also available in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, though due to the lack of bosses that require it, it isn't particularly useful. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker allows the player to unlock one 12 years early as the XFIM92A.
- Weapons expert and ally Nastasha Romanenko also tells you that her favorite weapon is the Stinger, her favorite novel is a thriller called Stinger, and her favorite cocktail is a stinger. She says she just really likes stingers.
- Doctor Who. In "Army of Ghosts" the British army blows up a Cyberman with one, even though it's an AA weapon.
- In the climax of the Desperate Escape chapter of Resident Evil 5, an enemy wields this weapon against the protagonists.
- Jack Ryan:
- Stingers feature in The Cardinal of the Kremlin, with their use in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, and are mentioned as being better than the Strela shoulder-launched SAMs taken from the Soviets that gave the Archer his nickname. ("Strela" means "arrow" in Russian.)
- Deconstructed as a Cool Gun in Tom Clancy's Executive Orders. Someone asks why this wasn't used to bring down the kamikaze who plowed into the Capitol; he's reminded that it probably would not have really mattered at that point in its flight plan, as the missile wasn't going to be able to do anything about the inertia the 747 had built up by that point.
- In Charlie Wilson's War, the main plot was about the titular character assisting the Afghan mujahideen by supplying them with Stinger missile launchers. These played a major role in shooting down the much hated Soviet Mi-24 Hind gunships.
- Towards the end of True Lies, terrorists fleeing in a van attempt to shoot down an attacking Marine Corps Harrier jet with a Stinger, but fail miserably, the backblast actually taking out one of their own guys.
- Gets used in Firebirds to shoot down a jet fighter strafing a downed helicopter.
- Common in the Call of Duty series, with the Modern Warfare games featuring it extensively as an anti-air weapon. Then comes Black Ops II, where the weapon is treated as both a free-fire anti-armor and a heat-seeking anti-air weapon which can't actually lock onto aircraft outside of the flashback missions.
Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle
The Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle (a.k.a MAAWS, RAWS, Carl G, Carl Johnson, Charlie G, the Goose, the Gustav, Charlie Gusto, Carl Gutsache)
is a series of recoilless rifles
, the first model developed in Sweden in 1946. The Carl Gustav is something of a living fossil. Most recoilless rifles are no longer in service, but the Carl G is still in service in over two dozen nations. Firing 84mm shells, the standout feature of the Carl Gustav is that it uses a rifled barrel to stabilize the shells it fires, as opposed to using fins on the projectiles themselves. This makes the Carl Gustav one of the most accurate and long-ranged unguided shoulder-mounted anti-tank weapons available today, with an effective range on a moving target of 400 meters. While the Gustav's effectiveness against modern heavy armor is limited, it has gained popularity as a "bunker buster", used to destroy fortified positions as well as light armored vehicles. This versatility has made it popular amongst Special Forces groups such as the Royal Marines
and United States Army Rangers
- The Carl Gustav is used by Carlos to take down Psychlo flyers in the legendary box-office bomb Battlefield Earth. It is incorrectly shown as an anti-aircraft guided missile launcher, which is basically the exact opposite of what it is in real life.
- Towards the end of the 2005 version of The War of the Worlds, U.S Army soldiers can be seen destroying a weakened Tripod with a Carl Gustav.
- The Carl Gustav appears in Far Cry 2 as a second-tier anti-vehicle weapon. Like the Battlefield Earth depiction, this one is for some reason depicted as a laser-guided munition. I guess that's cool, or something...
- Canaan's got one resting against a wall in a Middle Eastern hideout.
- U.S Anti-Tank soldiers are equipped with these in World in Conflict.
- Several games in the Battlefield series including Battlefield 2 Modern Combat, Bad Company and Bad Company 2. In Bad Company 2 it is shown firing homing projec--oh, for God's sake!.
- To be fair, the weapon as it is found in Bad Company 2 has no integral faculties for locking onto anything, and usually gets used as a dumb-fire weapon, as the Carl Gustav is in real life. The munition, however, can lock onto a signal tag launched from a special pistol (which few people use anyway since it takes up the sidearm slot in multiplayer and deprives them of a fall-back weapon). This "lock-on" munition can plausibly be explained/hand waved as a result of the game's Twenty Minutes into the Future setting.
- In Patlabor: The Movie it is shown being used by JGSDF troops, likely the locally-made Howa 84.
- ARMA II has U.S Army units use these in the Operation Arrowhead expansion, as did its spiritual ancestor Operation Flashpoint.
- In Unto the Breach, the Gustav becomes the Weapon of Choice for Shota, and is rather proficient in its use for being Dumb Muscle. He carries and fires it like the other Keldara carry assault rifles.
- In Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the Gustav is one of the more high damage rocket launchers in the game, and true to reality it is unguided, but more accurate than most rockets in the game. There are three variants: A standard high explosive version, a Multi-purpose version, with lower damage but a larger blast radius suitable for multiple opponents and a Fulton recovery version, which allows the player to capture enemy soldiers from long range.