Best Weapons for Jungle Combat ? - Page 3




 
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June 1st, 2011  
CornCod
 
If I were arming a squad for jungle warfare, would give eight men AK-103's (the newer, lighter Russian AKM with the plastic furniture), the automatic rifleman would carry an RPK and designated marksman would carry a scoped M-14.
June 1st, 2011  
GHR
 
 
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Originally Posted by CornCod
If I were arming a squad for jungle warfare, would give eight men AK-103's (the newer, lighter Russian AKM with the plastic furniture), the automatic rifleman would carry an RPK and designated marksman would carry a scoped M-14.
The dense vegetation and general reduced visibility and engagement ranges, make it extremely difficult to locate and engage enemy forces. In close jungle the enemy is often not seen until he is a few meters away. So a designated marksman with a scoped M-14 is of no real value.

The tactics of infantry fighting are built upon fire and movement. This is more or les impossible because visibility in the jungle is poor, usually from ten to fifty meters, more often the former when fog and rain intervenes. This meant that the enemy is usually not seen until the lead scout is suddenly fired on by the enemy. If the scout survived, unless he had seen a muzzle flash, he may still not have been able to determine exactly where the fire was coming from.

There may be a great deal of fire going back and forth, as section commanderís direct fire at where they think the enemy probably is. Such engagements require a great deal of patience and skill. To kill a few enemies might take several hours. Quite often you wonít see the enemy at all during an engagement.

While a LMG would be sweet on the combat side, carrying that SOB through a jungle sucks..! Too cumbersome, gets snagged on everything..! Two issues that comes to mind. One, being the weight of the weapon and ammunition, as well as the rate you are going to use the ammunition. Two, you might start getting strange ideas about the number of enemy that level of fire power might allow you to engage..!

As a weapon on point I would choose a 12g pump or Stoner semi/full auto with drum mag. using a mixed load half buck with a slug at the top. At 30 meters a Stoner custom load shell will cover a 4 foot diameter circle of jungle greenery with buckshot and deliver a solid slug at its core; this will spoil the other guyís morning. The second shell will spoil his day.

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Originally Posted by A Can of Man
I'd equip myself with a UAV and operate it from an air-conditioned room.

In general, I'm of the opinion that jungles suck. If your enemy wants to hang out in one... let them.

So maybe the best hand held weapon for a jungle fight is a communications device hooked up with the big guns on the other end. Kill them when they leave!
So your suggestion is not totally crazy!
June 1st, 2011  
A Can of Man
 
 
Jungle terrain is also quite diverse. Some places you can get around no problem. Other places, it's an absolute nightmare. Your tactics will have to adjust accordingly. In some of the more open jungles, except for the heat and humidity, it's a lot like running drills in a European forest.
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June 1st, 2011  
GHR
 
 
You're right. Most important is the nature of ops/type of war and of course what terrain you have to operate in.

Tropical rainforest, AKA primary jungle tends to be where land isn't easily cultivatable which tends to mean hills, often steep and on rock. However it can also be flat where local populations are hunter gathers or slash and burn farmers. The second of these gives secondary jungle noted for the density of its vegetation. Of course in coastal and riverine areas you get mangrove and other swampy terrains (scrubby forest on sand coastal soil with high water table). Mustnít forget rubber or palm oil plantations that can be on a large scale. So yes, point is terrain can vary greatly, so can climate in terms of whether or not there is rain throughout the year with a monsoonal extreme.
June 1st, 2011  
03USMC
 
 
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Originally Posted by A Can of Man
Jungle terrain is also quite diverse. Some places you can get around no problem. Other places, it's an absolute nightmare. Your tactics will have to adjust accordingly. In some of the more open jungles, except for the heat and humidity, it's a lot like running drills in a European forest.
This, the type of jungle makes all the difference single canopy vs triple canopy , the terrian that the jungle is on.

Humping an LMG thru the jungle sucks but is do-able, an LMG is cumbersome even on a road march and generally sucks to hump under any condition especially if you're humping the pig rack and all. It also has an advantage of high volume fire at close range, which is a nice thing to have given the engagement distances in that enviroment.
June 3rd, 2011  
CornCod
 
Oh yes, and I should have added some kind of grenade launching system to "my" squad as well. Perhaps a 40mm GP-25 installed in one of the AK-103's?
Well, the RPK is barely a LMG, more of a squad automatic weapon really, only slightly harder to hump than an older model AK.
June 3rd, 2011  
headwards
 
Don't forget CDF's, NZers have used these to good effect in ambush situations, which are ideal to initiate contact in the bush. Massive bang, **** gets ripped apart and best of all the poor enemy really have no idea what they are up against, or even wftf just happened.
June 3rd, 2011  
84RFK
 
 
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Originally Posted by CornCod
Oh yes, and I should have added some kind of grenade launching system to "my" squad as well. Perhaps a 40mm GP-25 installed in one of the AK-103's?
Well, the RPK is barely a LMG, more of a squad automatic weapon really, only slightly harder to hump than an older model AK.
That's your choice, but I wouldn't bring enything impact fused into a dense forest or jungle.
Good old fashioned handgrenades will still do the trick on those short ranges.
No need for artillery inside the jungle you know.
June 3rd, 2011  
03USMC
 
 
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Originally Posted by 84RFK
That's your choice, but I wouldn't bring enything impact fused into a dense forest or jungle.
Good old fashioned handgrenades will still do the trick on those short ranges.
No need for artillery inside the jungle you know.
Unless you are using very early Vietnam era 40mm grenades, it wouldn't be much of an issue. Modern 40mm grenades have a safety requiring a certain number of revolutions of the fired round before the fuze is engaged, roughly a 30 meter distance from the muzzle of the launcher.
Seriously cutting down on the amount of bounce backs and premature detonations. It would take a serious Boot on the Blooper to screw it up, doing crap like taking a high angle shot into canopy or something equally insane.

Artillery, especially HE Fuze Delay is effective in the Jungle, the problem is generally target location and adjustment on the supported unit's end.
June 4th, 2011  
84RFK
 
 
Nah, my concern was more that an impact fused 40mm may not be activated on the short distance you need it, the need for "light artillery" like that may not be called for in dense jungle.

Watched Armadillo some weeks ago, and there we had a perfect example of a situation where a handgrenade did the job, while a 40mm couldn't be lobbed 15 meters through the bush and into the ditch where the talilaban's were hiding.
 


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