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"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, June 3, 2019

Ontos

M50 Ontos:


My uncle was a two-war Marine, who retired by the time I was of an age to know anything about it. Our familes went camping one time at Quantico; he took us to a garage of some kind where there was an Ontos. Even to a kid, it seemed pretty tiny.

(My memory was jogged by this.)

3 comments:

seafury said...

Heard about these during my time as a red leg artilleryman. (M109A1-A3 Howitzer) They were a little before my time. I believe ONTOS was Greek for THING. Pretty cool name. If you ever need a multi barreled recoiless rifle, this is available.

J4rh34d said...

I was trained on the M40 106mm "Reckless". The "Pig" mounted six of them. I once watched an Ontos "suppress" a sniper by shooting all six at once and toothpicking a clump of trees just north of Hoi An near the Horseshoe.

Underpowered, underarmored, and couldn't ford a stream, but handy to have nearby, as long as you didn't stand behind one. The giant flashbulb of one firing is why it was deprecated for the antitank mission.

Stewart Dean said...

Saw one IIRC at the Ft Knox (KY, home of armor) tank museum years back, which even has a WWI parallelogram tank....museum has changed a lot, but was was fascinating when I saw it, once as a kid, once as a young adult...50 years back