~ USA M20 75mm Recoilless Rifle Gun ~
Around the chamber entrance is a stamp that reads:
"RIFLE 7.5 M20 NO.348WVT R.S"
Attached is a scope mount, which has a plate that reads :-
"Mount Telescope, T103, Serial No2012".
The rifle comes with the deactivation certificate, dated 16/4/13.
These were often mounted on Jeeps but I have also seen one on a rather top heavy Vespa scooter.
~ Dimensions ~
The recoiless rifle has a length of 80 inches (203cm/6.66ft). The handles to the end of the piece are its widest points, which have an overall width of 14 inches (35.5cm). The bore is 75mm.
~ Condition ~
Aside from some general minor age wear, such as surface scratches and minor wear to the finish. The metalwork shows no sign of rusting or pitting and is in otherwise good order.
~ Postage ~
We would prefer collection in person from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard but are happy to liaise with your transportation requirements.
~ M20 Recoiless Rifle ~
The M20 recoilless rifle was a U.S. 75 mm caliber recoilless rifle used during the last months of the Second World War and extensively during the Korean War. It could be fired from an M1917A1 .30 caliber machine gun tripod, or from a vehicle mount, typically a Jeep. Its shaped charge warhead, also known as HEAT, was capable of penetrating 100 mm of armor. Although the weapon proved ineffective against the T-34 tank during the Korean War, it was used primarily as a close infantry support weapon to engage all types of targets including infantry and lightly armored vehicles. The M20 proved useful against pillboxes and other types of field fortifications.