Artillery / Mortars / M2

M2

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Mortar

  • ORIGIN
    France

  • NICKNAMES
    M1 (US designation for French production models)

  • DESIGNED
    1920's

  • DESIGNER
    Edgar Brandt

  • PRODUCTION
    1938 - ?

  • PRODUCERS
    France - Brandt
    United States

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Man portable
    Easy to use
    High rate of fire
    Limited range
    Limited firepower

Introduction

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.

Layout

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.

Firepower

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.

Mobility

The M19 is easy to carry by a single person. Normally two people carry the weapon and others carry the ammunition.

Users

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.

Variants

M2

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.

  • Specifications:
  • M2
TypeMortar
Crew2
Ordnance60mm smoothbore mortar, 0.726 m tube
Elevation+40 to +85°
Traverse14°
Rate of fire18 rpm (max)
Range91 m (minimum), 1.816 m (max)
CarriageNone
Weight19.07 kg
Length?
Width?
Height?
Towing vehicle-
Speed-
Remarks-

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