Now THIS is a true BATTLE SCOOTER

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by TallRob, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. TallRob

    TallRob Long timer

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    Just saw this on the net and had to share. Yes, that is a military Issue Vespa with a Bazooka and its ammo! You ride ontop of the Bazooka!!
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  2. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    106mm recoilless rifle. French paras; deployed Indochina.
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  3. drizzle

    drizzle mini-adventurer

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    the french answer to a tank.
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  4. SCQTT

    SCQTT Zwei Kolben

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    Yes, but you look good.....& that is the important part.
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  5. TallRob

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    Really? recoiless? Looked like and old school bazooka to me. I bet if your riding at 40mph and you fire it. The speedo reads 10 mph for a second.
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    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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  7. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    yep still in use in many places, in many configurations. Has odd-looking ammunition with patterns of holes around the base of the brass shell. part of the gas-direction recoil-reduction design. the bazooka launched a rocket; the rr has a rifled barrel.

    the USMC used to have a tracked vehicle called the "Ontos" which mounted eight of them. the Army had some on jeeps.
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  8. Speedo66

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    As mentioned, the bazooka is a rocket. You don't stand behind the tube when it's fired because rocket blast and flames shoot out the back.

    Firing one may actually increase your speed.
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  9. ctp13

    ctp13 Been here awhile

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    If it's French the bazooka is pointing the wrong way.
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  10. redhandmoto

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    Here's a nice history of the 106. Note the mention of the Vespa-mounted rr.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recoilless_rifle

    How did the French miltary get an unjustified reputation for pusillanimity so often seen on the 'Net? French troops are some of the world's best - people must be mistaking the character of the French army for the behavior and decisions of some of the politiicans who directed their use.
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  11. Speedo66

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    Groundskeeper Willy: "Look at me, I'm shaking like a French soldier". :rofl"Bunch of cheese eating surrender monkeys".

    Are you saying I shouldn't trust Groundskeeper Willy?
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  12. redhandmoto

    redhandmoto Been here awhile

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    God forbid. A Simpsons' quote trumps anything.
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  13. roadracer75

    roadracer75 Adventurer

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    I wonder how it handles 2up???:D
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  14. Neil Claydon

    Neil Claydon Don't follow me, I'm lost

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    Can't be French, unless Vespa fitted a reverse gear.
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