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Jeeping it

Rock Island has this great Israeli M606A2 Jeep up for auction. A militarized version of the Willys CJ-5, it served in an anti-tank role through the 1960s and 70s using its Willys Hurricane I-4 engine along with an M70 106 mm recoilless rifle to zip around the desert Rat Patrol style and take pot-shots at T-55s.

The concept is similar in concept to U.S. Army and Marine light anti-tank vehicles common from WWII through the 1970s that basically amounted to a Jeep with a recoilless rifle.

The classic 1950s U.S. Army M38A1C Jeep with its own 106mm Recoilless Rifle. Note the infantryman with his M1 Garand and “handie talkie”

The final version of this was the M-825 Weapons Platform, which used the 1/4 ton Ford M-151A2 MUTT with an M40 106mm Recoilless Rifle on an M79 mount. Carrying a two-man crew and six rounds of ammunition for the M40, the RR was later swapped out for a TOW launcher, although overseas allies and some National Guard units kept the M-825 on inventory through the 1980s.

Members of the Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, prepare to fire an M581 106 mm antipersonnel-tracer (APERS-T) round from an M40A2 106 mm recoilless rifle during an ammunition stockpile reliability test at the Army Tropic Test Center. The rifle is mounted on an M825 1/4-ton weapons carrier version of the M151 light utility vehicle.

However, the Iranian Safir jeep equipped with their own locally-produced version of the M40-type is still going strong around the world, such as this one seen recently in Kirkuk in the hands of insurgents.

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