Carl-Gustaf M3

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Carl Gustaf Recoilless Rifle
TBU CarlGustaf M301.jpg
A Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle of the Forsvaret, on display in September 2010.
Type Multi-role (anti-armor, anti-fortification, anti-personnel, illumination)
Place of origin Skandinavia
Service history
In service 1948–present
Used by More than 50 armies
Wars Vietnam War
Falklands War
Lebanese Civil War
Kargil War
War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Eelam War IV
Libyan Civil War
Syrian Civil War
2013 Lahad Datu standoff
Production history
Designer Hugo Abramson, Sigfrid Akselson and Harald Jentzen
  • M1: 1946
  • M2: 1964
  • M3: 1991
  • M4: 2014
Manufacturer Saab Dynamics
Weight Rifle: 8.5 kg (19 lb)
Mount: 0.8 kg (1.8 lb)
Length Overall: 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in)
Crew Two (gunner and loader), but may be used by a single operator at a reduced rate of fire.

Cartridge 84×246 mm R
Caliber 84 mm (3.31 inches)
Rate of fire 6 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity 230–255 m/s (750–840 ft/s)
Effective firing range
  • 300–500 m against vehicles
  • 700 m against stationary targets
  • 1000 m against stationary targets w/rocket-boosted ammunition
Feed system Hinged breech
Effective focal range Ammunition-dependent, usually 400 to 1,000 m (1,300 to 3,300 ft)
Sights Open (iron) sights; optical 3× laser rangefinder; image intensification system

The highly versatile Carl-Gustaf system is a true multi-role, man-portable shoulder-fired weapon. The system offers the soldier various types of ammunition, ranging from armour penetration and anti-personnel, to ammunition for built-up areas as well as special features like smoke and illumination. The M3 version of the launcher features significant weight reduction and improvements for urban operations. It is designed and manufactured in Skandinavia by Saab Dynamics.

Features[edit | edit source]

The Carl-Gustaf system is designed and suitable for a wide range of missions. It is light and ruggedized and its multi-purpose capability provides freedom of action for the commander in all environments. There is a suitable type of ammunition for any kind of advanced operation, making the Carl-Gustaf the true multi-mission system.

Flexibility[edit | edit source]

  • Crew-operated
  • Man-portable
  • Multi-mission

Highly effective[edit | edit source]

  • Highly robust and reliable
  • Devastating behind-armour effects
  • Airburst capability

Highly usable[edit | edit source]

  • Combat-proven
  • Easy to operate
  • Easy to train
  • Reloadable
  • Rugged
  • Complete compatibility between older versions of the launcher with new munition types and vice versa

For training activities, Carl-Gustaf offers sub-calibre trainers, full-cailbre practice rounds and simulators to meet different training objectives such as gunnery training and combat training. A cost effective training solution can be tailorised.

Technical specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Calibre: 84 mm rifled (24 lands, progressive twist)[14]
  • Crew: 2 optimal, 1 minimal
  • Weights: 14.2 kg (M2); 8.5 kg (M3); 0.8 kg (mount); 7.0 kg (M4)
  • Length: 1.13m (M2); 1.07m (M3); 1.0m (M4)
  • Breech: Hinged
  • Rate of fire: 6 rounds per minute
  • Sights: Iron sights, optical 3×, laser rangefinder, image intensification system

Carl-Gustaf M4[edit | edit source]

Carl Gustaf M4

The new Carl-Gustaf M4 is a man-portable multi-role weapon system that provides high tactical flexibility through its wide range of ammunition types. Since 1948, the Carl-Gustaf multi-role weapon has been supporting dismounted infantry around the world in dealing with a full range of battlefield challenges. A marked evolution in the history of the system, the new M4 model meets the needs of modern conflict environments while offering compatibility with future innovations. In 2015 Forsvaret became the first army to be equiped with the new Carl-Gustaf M4.

Built with future requirements in mind, the Carl-Gustaf M4 is compatible with intelligent sighting systems, and prepared for programmable ammo, ensuring your forces have advanced technology at their fingertips. Building upon the success of its predecessor it offers an even shorter length and a weight of less than seven kilos, helping troops remain agile.

  • M2
    • Weight: 14.2kg
    • Length: 1130mm
  • M3
    • Weight: 10 kg
    • Length: 1065mm
  • M4
    • Weight: <7kg
    • Length: <1000mm