Thursday, August 28, 2008

US Army 75th Ranger Regiment "Larry"

Next up from Dragon, Ranger "Larry" with his Kevlar PASGT helmet with Woodlands camouflage cover and mounting bracket for his AN/PVS-7 NVG, Bolle T800 tactical goggles, Ranger Body Armor (RBA), M81 Woodlands camouflage BDU, RACK (Ranger Assault Carrying Kit) with ammo and utility pouches, water canteens, M9 bayonet with scabbard, Motorola Walkie-Talkie, elbow & kneepads, SOPMOD (Special Ops Perculiar Modification) M4A1 Carbine with AN/PEQ-2 laser aiming device, M68 Aimpoint CQB sight, boots and Claymore Anti-personnel Mine.

Have also armed him with the M79 grenade launcher which first appeared during the Vietnam War. It is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break open grenade launcher which fires a 40x46 mm grenade round and earned the nicknames of "Thumper", "Thump-Gun" or "Blooper" among American soldiers because of its distinctive sound when fired; Australian units referred to it as the "Wombat Gun". Some US Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces in Iraq have been seen deploying the M79 in recent years, most notably due to its extended accuracy compared to the M203 (the M79 is 350m effective versus 150m effective on the M203). It is used extensively for small squad-sized units to disrupt IED's from a safe distance, without having to call in EOD.

His Ranger tab, not just a sticker but embroidered for authenticity

The M18A1 Claymore is a directional anti-personnel mine which most of us who have served NS will be most familiar with. Used primarily in ambushes and as an anti-infiltration device against enemy infantry and also against soft-skinned vehicles, the M18A1 Claymore fires shrapnel, in the form of steel balls, out to about 100 meters across a 60° arc and does some very serious damage. It can be command detonated using the M57 Firing Device (referred to as the "clacker"), which comes with the M18A1 Claymore Mine in its M7 bandolier. Dragon didn't include the Claymore bag but Hot Toys did with their Vietnam War SEAL Stoner Machine Gunner.

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