Come visit us at The Museum of Military Memorabilia. Our Naples Municipal Airport location displays a just a fraction of the artifacts we have available. Here are some of our current showcases which highlight WWII Aviation.


2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Naples Airport as a WWII Army Air Forces Training Base.


M-72 LAW

M-72 LAW
M72 LAW

The M72 LAW in extended position

M-72 LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon, also referred to as the Light Anti-Armor Weapon or LAW as well as LAWS Light Anti-Armor Weapons System) is a portable one-shot 66 mm unguided anti-tank weapon.

M-72 LAW

M-72 LAW expanded view

 

M-72 LAW

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M-72 LAW

M-72 LAW exploded view

The solid rocket propulsion unit was developed in the newly formed Rohm and Haas research laboratory at Redstone Arsenal in 1959,  then the full system was designed by Paul V. Choate, Charles B. Weeks, Frank A. Spinale, et al. at the Hesse-Eastern Division of Norris Thermadore. American production of the weapon began by Hesse-Eastern in 1963, and was terminated by 1983; currently it is produced by Nammo Raufoss AS in Norway and their subsidiary Nammo Talley, Inc. in Arizona.

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M-72 LAW weapon closed

M-72 LAW

M-72 LAW weapon opened ready to fire

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M-72 LAW _rocket

In early 1963, M-72 LAW was adopted by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps as their primary individual infantry anti-tank weapon, replacing the M31 HEAT rifle grenade and the M20A1 “Super Bazooka” in the U.S. Army. It was subsequently adopted by the U.S. Air Force to serve in an anti-emplacement/anti-armor role in Air Base Defense duties. LAW 66, M72, L1A1, Light Anti-Tank Weapon, Rocket Launcher Review

Type Anti-tank rocket launcher
Place of origin United States
Service history
In service 1963–present
Wars Vietnam War Falklands War Bougainville Civil War Bosnian WarWar in Afghanistan (2001–present) War in Iraq (2003–2011)
Production history
Designer FA Spinale, CB Weeks and PV Choate
Designed Patent filed 1963
Manufacturer Norway: NAMMO (Raufoss, Norway) U.S.: NAMMO Talley (Mesa, Arizona) Turkey: under license by MKEK
Unit cost  $876.85 US
Specifications
Weight 2.5 kg (5.5 lb)
Length 24.8 in (unarmed) 34.67 in (armed)

Caliber 66 mm
Muzzle velocity 145 m/s (475.7 ft/s)
Effective firing range 200 m (660 ft)
Detonation mechanism
point-initiated, base-detonated
 

 

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