2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Nuclear……rifles?

Remember the movie Starship Troopers?  Here, maybe this will jog your memories…

Starship_Troopers_Shower

 

Oh yeah, now you remember…that SciFy action movie based on the Robert Heinlein novel that had both male and female recruits showering together, while the book concerned itself with things such as civic virtue which some have likened his thoughts on the subject to fascism…

Anyway, remember they had this cool portable mini-nuke launcher they used to take out the bugs that they carried around…like a RPG on steroids?

 

Nuke ‘em Rico!!

Well, believe it or not we tried something along those lines ourselves.  It was called the “Davy Crockett” and it was a recoiless rifle that would deliver a “tactical” nuclear warhead to the enemy.  It was not quite as small and portable as the Starship Troopers (OK, far from “not quite”), but it was portable enough so that the units in the field could haul one of these around and cause a mess with it.  Last time I was told, all nuclear releases were only allowed to be authorized by the POTUS, or his successor in case our anti-ICBM systems missed one coming in.  I wonder who controlled the use of these? the President or some general in the field.  Seems like a lot of micromanaging going on there. 

Problem with the system, like all NBC/CBR systems, was that the weapon was nobody’s buddy once it left the launcher.  It did not care who it killed or made sick.  The operators were just as likely to be affected by it as the enemy was.  Still, I guess in the middle of the Cold War when we thought we would have millions of communists coming at us across the Fulda Gap and Korean Peninsula (again) I guess it made sense to lose a few to save a lot….OK unless you got drafted and were told your MOS (specialty) was “13V – Davy Crockett Crewman” or what have you…..

And yes, technically it was a rifle.

Still, cool little piece of military trivia for your “useless information folder” in your brain…

 

and a somewhat related video from my youth….Radioactive by The Firm featuring Bad Company front man Paul Rodgers and legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Paige Page…

2 comments:

Thernlund said...

Jimmy Page. ;-)

Huey said...

Page...I am shamed...corrected but with my error left to remind me not to take my memory for granted again..