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Vietnam War - US Army and USMC weapons
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M3A1: weight 3,6 kg - lenght 579 mm, 760 mm with stock extendend, Cal. 45ACP

M21: weight 5,27 kg - lenght 1181 - Cal. 7.62x51 NATO  - Leatherwood ART Rifle Scope

M16A1: weight 2,9 kg - lenght 1006 mm – Cal 5.56x45 NATO

M40: weight 4 kg - lenght 1117 mm - Cal 7.62x51 NATO – scope Redfield 3-9x40

M60: weight 10,5 kg - lenght 1105 mm - Cal 7.62x51 NATO

M79: weight 2,39 kg - lenght 731 mm - 40 mm grenade

M203: weight 1,36 kg – lenght 380 mm - 40 mm grenade

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WagmoreBarkless|Hobbyist General Artist
Great, meticulous illustrations!  
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I thought I could not finish it :)
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WagmoreBarkless|Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand that! The M-60 has a lot of detail to it. I got to fire a few rounds on the M-60 and the M79 in weapons training before I arrived in Viet Nam (1968-69 U.S. Navy). For my first three months in-country I stood guard duty on a house barge that housed a civilian crew that was dredging the Thatch Han river, a few miles south of the DMZ. My weapons were an M-16 and concussion grenades.
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Have you been there?! for better or for worse it must have been an unforgettable experience.
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Tenchi8|Hobbyist General Artist
The Vietnam war was probably the era I remembered reading allot of history on and have seen 
the most war movies of it. I recognize some of the weapons like the iconic M16A1 especially with the 
under barrel  grenade launcher which I thought looked really cool. The other grenade launcher which was
nicked named "Thumper". XD And of course the 1911 handgun. ^^

When I was little I used to have this misconception about machine guns and used to draw the soldiers
always missing their targets because the bullets always came out from the side. LOL But I later learned that
those were ejected empty cartridges after the gun was fired. XD Silly me. XD

Great visual details on the weapons. :)  
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I was born in 1960, and I still remember   the news report from  Vietnam during the television news.
This weapons are very iconic, and like all high-tech products they have a great appeal, at least for me :)

Lol, thank you for share!

This time I wished to draw at my best, in my mind this is my master piece, or at least, better than that I could not do.
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Tenchi8|Hobbyist General Artist
I totally agree. Especially the M-16 rifle designs, it seems so 
space age and ahead of it's time. I used to regard them as the "good guys"
weapons. XD I used to always depict my character using an M-16  with the 
 grenade launcher. And other iconic weapons like the M-60 since Rambo. XD
Wow...I wasn't even alive around 1960's. XD But growing up, I watched allot of Vietnam
movies around the 80's like, "Full Metal Jacket", "Platoon", "Apocalypes Now", "Hamburger Hill"
even "Top Gun" Love the iconic F-14 Tomcat. That fighter jet was the coolest looking jet I ever saw.
Man, if those jets had still been around with the U.S. I would have joined the Air Force just to fly them.
But I think the Iranians bought them, after they were decomisioned. Most of the jets had been scrapped.
I was sad about that. :( Now we're stuck with that new jet that looks less dynamic. Expensive and faster with incredible stealth capabilities but from the side view, it looks ugly. XD Ah well. ^^

LOL your very welcome. XD

Indeed these drawings are really incredible. It looks very official like one of those
encyclopedia books on military weapons. I used to look them over at barnes and Nobles
most of the time. And this style reminded me of those books. :)  
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Fantasticly done keep it up.
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Wow, thank you very much!
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Your welcome. Also happy new year.
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TheAsianGuyLOL|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love all the US Vietnam War weapons! :D
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A piece of history, I was born in 1960, and I still remember the images of the news broadcasts at the time, although I'm from Italy
they are part of my memories.
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The m21 had a violent recoil 
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Oh yes, the 175 gr bullett of a 7.62x51 NATO ammo  has a speed of 800 m/s and 3,5 Joule of energy, it's quite difficult to keep steady the rifle during a burst.
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678091|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plus it wasn't parkerized or blued in initial production so they rusted to death
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Nat-ti|Hobbyist General Artist
Una quantità sempre maggiore di lavoro di ricerca. Le tue tavole hanno quel piccolo lato vintage che amo.
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Mille grazie Nathalie, sei sempre gentilissima, e sono d'accordissimo per il fascino del vintage, anche io lo amo tantissimo :)
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GeneralTate|Hobbyist General Artist
Clever placing a Full Auto M-14 in a M-21 configuration. That select fire switch is a dead giveaway! :) 
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Russian and German used their semi-automatic rifle in sniper version too. But the M21 had the State of the Art scope, the Leatherwood ART I, it was so good that it's still used by the US-Army together with the ART II model, as it's still in use the M21, the 7,62x51 NATO is still a great ballistic ammo.  
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I have held an M-21 several times. My father used to own one that he got from a Marine veteran as trade for some work that he did years ago. Unfortunately he had to sell it but the good news is that it went back to the Marine Corps, the person who bought it had a daughter who was a Match shooter in the USMC. The guy gifted it to her and it went home. Indeed to all points sir! :) The M-14/21 is a great platform.  
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Thank you for share this story, I really love the happy ending :)
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ZeonSniper|Student Digital Artist
Really love the looks of the M60 very detailed and my favourite Heavy machine gun
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Thank you very much, it was quite tricky to draw it, it tooks more than 4 hours.
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ZeonSniper|Student Digital Artist
Ah i see that make sence
It really take so much time to draw something details like this
But it really worth it
And turn out looks very good
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