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Weapons Hatches
Weapons Hatches
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Weapons Hatches

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  1. Better Mounted Fighting: Weapons HatchesPrimary: M113 Gavin with ACAV gunshields is still the best way to fightmounted and have 360 degree security at all angles
  2. Improved Troop CargoHatch positioning needed... FYI: When fighting mounted behind gunshields, top cargo hatch should be able to be locked into vertical to act as a rear shield
  3. Caveat: top hatch should beupright unless 3rd rear gun & shieldis employed as shown here Left gun/shield omitted for clarity
  4. Even turrets have elevation limits. M113 Gavin with infantry inback behind gunshields can super-elevate their rifles and machine gunsto reach enemies in upper story buildings M2 Bradley M1 Abrams M113 Gavin 0m = no restriction for weapons fire reach
  5. Weapons HatchesAn alternate way to fight mounted is needed!However, M113 Gavin with ACAV gunshields:cannot fight if troopsbutton up and close all top hatches to evade air burst munitions etc.
  6. Driver’s Weapon HatchBulge on driver’s hatch contains a M231 5.56mm Firing Port Weapon(FPW) which he can lift arm to fire like a WW1 Se5 biplane fighterwhich had its machine gun on the top wing M231
  7. Close-up of actual WW1 Se5 biplane fighter with wing-mounted machine gun.If British aces could fly an airplane and shoot down German planes this way,certainly American M113 Gavin drivers can fire a gun from the top hatchabove their head
  8. Troop Weapons Cargo HatchBulge on cargo hatch with ports allows two M231 5.56mm FPWs or anyother rifle to include enemy AKMs to be fired Left /Right shields locked forward
  9. Bradley Top Cargo Hatch The Bradley’s hatch already has vision ports (A) and an ability to lock A into the 90 degree C upright position (B)--it may work on M113B Gavins--so all we need to do is add two firing ports (C)
  10. Rear Ramp Weapons DoorRear ramp door should be replaced with a vision block and firing portdoor for rear security observation & fires

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