Armbrust ATW

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The Armbrust (German for "Crossbow") is a late 70s lightweight 67mm single-shot unguided launcher. It was manufactured by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, who sold production rights to Chartered Industries of Singapore, now part of ST Kinetics, in 1988. The system uses a recoilless gun mechanism to fire a rocket-assisted projectile, with an interesting twist. Rather than just venting propellant gas to the rear, the inside of the Armbrust contains a cartridge which is essentially a double-ended captive piston, with the propellant inside it. As the propellant is ignited, the two ends of the piston extend: one launches the projectile, while the other ejects a mass of shredded plastic from the rear of the tube. Since the plastic is rapidly slowed by air resistance, this makes the weapon much safer to fire in confined spaces than venting propellant gas from the rear like a normal recoilless weapon. This mechanism was later used by the MATADOR.

The Armbrust ATW appears in the following films and video games used by the following actors:

Armbrust ATW with grip and shoulder rest folded - 67mm

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Marine Anthony Ray Parker Morgan 2006

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Half-Life "GAM14B" Futuristic; shown as reloadable and laser-guided 1998
Homefront Early trailers only, removed from the final version 2011
Black Mesa Futuristic; shown as reloadable and laser-guided 2012



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