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Stryker Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 5:59 p.m. PST

Anyone able to tell me whether the M2 Bradley can fire its 20mm cannon and TOW at the same time? For reloading the TOW are they done inside or does the crew have to exit to reload it?


Ron W DuBray Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 6:39 p.m. PST

only one gunner he needs to do one weapon at a time there are 2 tow tubes after 2 shots you need to be out side to reload and its not a one man or fast job

11th ACR22 Jan 2013 7:23 p.m. PST

Note, its a 25mm cannon.
You can only fire one or the other at a time.
The same with the Coax MG. Official you cannot fire the coax MG at the same time as the TOW or the 25mm. But I tried something during Desert Storm.
Open the Coax MG Chamber door and use the manuel trigger. Yes you can fire the 25mm and Coax MG at the same time if you adjust the rules.

Legion 422 Jan 2013 10:22 p.m. PST

Good thinking 11th ACR !

11th ACR23 Jan 2013 12:13 a.m. PST

When you have the 25mm or Tow in operation you have close to zero MG fire.

Also we mounted our M-60 MG on the top of the turret mounted on it tripod, strapped down.

That way you could engage troops/soft skin vehicles when the gunner is at work with the big toys.


GeoffQRF Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 1:04 a.m. PST

…whatever works…

Wartopia Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 6:33 a.m. PST


How effective was that?

I'm curious about the effectiveness of unbuttoned vehicles using externally mouned MGs in combat. It seems that, yes, you can fire the thing, but on a chaotic battlefield while the unbuttoned gunner is shooting at one target he's an easy target. Thus, the rise of the RWS or whatever they're calling those systems now.

In other words, it sort of seems that the unbuttoned gunner is at a big disadvantage. He's easily seen and, usually, relatively stationary in most cases, while his targets are usually well concealed in cover.

For game purposes it gets complicated so we've abstracted this stuff in our home rules. Still, I find it interesting.

Thanks in advance.

11th ACR23 Jan 2013 11:08 a.m. PST

It was very effective.

For firing the M-60 MG up top the BC, (Bradley Commander) would be the one shooting it, and the gunner would be down below operating the 25mm, the M240 7.62 coax or the TOW. The gunner could shoot it from his potion as well but he is the primary for the 25mm, the M240 7.62 coax and the TOW. Both the BC and gunner can fire from there potions.

Yea, It was up top but it's better then having dismounts coming up on the flank or rear with an RPG!

Also you can bring that tripod down to very low on the turret.

On the M-1 Abrams at that time the M-2 50 cal and the M-240 for the loader were up top in the open as well.

I saw something recently were they are now remotely operated from in side.

emckinney23 Jan 2013 11:41 a.m. PST

Was it Creighton Abrams who said that the commander's .50 cal was the primary armament of the M4? Because you could swing it around and engage a target so quickly, or use the tracers to designate a target for the gunner (thanks to the wide-angle viewer available to the Sherman's gunner, which the Panther lacked).

whoa Mohamed Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 1:48 p.m. PST

Guys its just not smart to fire the tow while unbuttoned for obvious reasons. You don't have to be a master blaster to fig that out do you? Its also extreamly hard to shoot a man sized target on a moving vehicle but I would not want to be that man sized target when some one is firing up my track with automatic weapons ATGMs or main gun rounds.

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