M1 (US designation for French production models)
1938 - ?
France - Brandt
- UNIT COST
Easy to use
High rate of fire
The M2 is a 60mm light mortar of US origin. It was designed by Brandt in France and accepted for service as the M1. Since 1938 it was produced under license as the M2. The M2 was used by the US during various conflicts and was replaced by the newer M19.
The M19 is a conventional smoothbore 60mm mortar. It is muzzle loaded and drop fired. A collimator sight is fitted that is used for both direct and indirect fire.
The M2 fires its own range of 60mm ammunition. The maximum range is 1.8 km with the standard rate of fire being 18 rounds per minute.
The M19 is easy to carry by a single person. Normally two people carry the weapon and others carry the ammunition.
The US armed forces were the main user of the M2. It was used throughout World War 2 and even in the Vietnam war, decades after the M19 started to replace the M2. The M2 was used by many nations with good ties with the US and many remain in use today.
The M2 is a conventional smoothbore 60mm light mortar. It is muzzle loaded and drop fired. The original model that was produced in France is called the M1.
|Ordnance||60mm smoothbore mortar, 0.726 m tube|
|Elevation||+40 to +85°|
|Rate of fire||18 rpm (max)|
|Range||91 m (minimum), 1.816 m (max)|