Recoilless Launcher

Section: IV


A dual directional scrap fragment launcher which can be placed to cover the path of advancing troops.


  • Iron water pipe approximately 4 ft. (1 meter) long and 2 to 4 in. (5 to 10 cm) in diameter
  • Black powder (commercial) or salvaged artillery propellant about 1/2 lb. (200 gms)
  • Safety or improvised fuse (Section VI, No. 7) or improvised electrical igniter (Section VI, No. 2)
  • Stones and/or metal scrap chunks approximately 1/2 in. (1 cm) in diameter - about 1 lb. (400 gms) total
  • 4 rags for wadding, each about 20 in. by 20 in. (50 cm by 50 cm)
  • Wire
  • Paper or rag

NOTE: Be sure that the water pipe has no cracks or flaws.


1. Place propellant and igniter in paper or rag and tie with string so contents cannot fall out.

2. Insert packaged propellant and igniter in center of pipe. Pull firing leads out one end of pipe.

3. Stuff a rag wad into each end of pipe and lightly tamp using a flat end stick.

4. Insert stones and/or scrap metal into each end of pipe. Be sure the same weight of material is used In each side.

5. Insert a rag wad into each end of the pipe and pack tightly as before.


1. Place scrap mine in a tree or pointed in the path of the enemy. Attach Igniter lead to the firing circuit. The recoilless launcher is now ready to fire.

2. If safety or Improvised fuse is used instead of the detonator, place the fuse into the packaged propellant through a hole drilled in the center of the pipe. Light free end of fuse when ready to fire. Allow for normal delay time.

CAUTION: Scrap will be ejected from both ends of the launcher.

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