The Most Iconic Weapons of the Vietnam War

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37 thoughts on “The Most Iconic Weapons of the Vietnam War

  1. Your supposed to be able to buy an AK n the Ho/Chi/Min trail for 5 US Dollars, now thats what i call a BARGIN..!!!

  2. bigdmac33 says:

    I had expected to see the M48 Patton, M113 APC, PBR, AC47, Punji traps, SAM missile systems and Vietnamese underground tunnel systems but I guess we can't have it all, lol.

  3. You should do the Star Wars program and all the missile defense that ended up using its technology like PAC-3, THAAD, AEGIS, and GBMD

  4. Not related to the video, but I was always intrigued that the US military resorted to using Commercially Off The Shelf (COTS) equipment on fighter jets for evading incoming missiles. I remember watching an episode of 20/20 (US tv program) that called this out. I can't find much about it online except for this article:
    I think it would be interesting with additional research to back it up.

  5. joel trampenau says:

    The "inaccurate" AK's were surplus weapons that had likely seen thousands upon thousands of rounds and had been mistreated, with barrel life not really a concern during combat, the rifles found in good condition are very accurate

  6. Not even mentioning the M48 Patton Tank, the Bell AH-1 Cobra or the CH-47 Chinook?

  7. It wasn't the "Russian Mig 21", it was the "Soviet Mig 21".

  8. "AK47 was notoriously hard to handle and relatively inaccurate …" … ummm NO! Perhaps in the hands of a moron like you then yes.

  9. alan herman says:

    I have an idea for Side Projects. Are you familiar with the original EMD streamliner diesel/electric locomotives, the F-7 with 1500 horsepower? These locomotives looked great pulling passenger cars but were terrible at switching freight so in the 1970s a Santa Fe shop in Texas rebuilt over a hundred of these locomotives and called them CF-7s and some still operate to this day. EMD introduced those locomotives in late 1930s

  10. With the firearms you listed specs for, you are representing "rate of fire" incorrectly. An AK-47 cannot 'spit out' 600 rounds in a minute. Nor can an M16 fire 1,000 rounds in a minute. That is the cyclic rate otherwise known as the mechanical speed with which the gun can fire rounds FROM A MAGAZINE. The M16 had a 20-round magazine later replaced with a 30-round magazine. After the magazine is finished, the operator must remove the magazine, insert a new one, and close the bolt. After firing as few as 8 magazines in rapid succession (more than a soldier would normally ever carry) the gun would heat up to a point where it would damage the bore, essentially destroying the barrel. After 12-14 magazines, an M16 will experience catastrophic failure with barrels/gas tubes melting.

  11. @.08 'When you make videos about weapons, people are like I'm definitely watching that…'
    Yes, you are absolutely correct. No matter how much people want to claim to be 'humanitarian, peaceful, progressive and civilized', people absolutely devour information about the equipment of death and devastation…
    Advanced Society, 'What a long strange trip it has been'.
    Yall Take Care and be safe, John

  12. HPL* Arkham says:

    4:40 & the soviets put it on a coin. I have one. It is an impressive weapon.

  13. The other issue not mentioned about the M16A1 was the magazines would malfunction due to the humidity. When those were updater in 66-67 life was much better! The PRC's should be mentioned too for their reliability for calling CAS and fire missions. I know they are a radio but as a FO it was my lifeline to a huge aresanal of bombs and artillery.

  14. How come no mention to the M16 variant, the CAR-15 which is very similar to the current M4 used today. It had a shorter barrel and adjustable butt stock for close engagements and was issue to the green berets and Rangers. I believe Seals used them as well but am not positive on that as I was Army Ranger. All MACV–SOG units used them as well as some other weapons that I believe may still be classified and will not mention them since there isnt any info on them anyway. I still have my old CAR-15 and it still shoots perfectly. We didnt experience the jamming as much tho we took greater care of our weapons than regular infantry. Rangers lead the way! Airborne!

  15. Josh Wells says:

    I will watch just about anything Simon does regardless if it's weapons or something else thanks for the knowledge I love it

  16. Oldenweery says:

    A buddy of mine, a "Vietnam Graduate," told me the VC could scrounge rounds from one of our US rifles (sorry, it was 50-odd years ago and I don't remember which one) and fire them in the AK, due to the loose chamber tolerances, but AK rounds wouldn't load in our rifles. Anyone know if that's true? (BTW, he was a mechanic/door gunner with an Air Cav Unit I won't name, as it had been disgraced in an earlier war and was eliminated after 'Nam.) Continue to stay safe, everybody.

  17. Crayon Monkey Workshop says:

    I reckon the A1 Skyraiders as part of the SANDY search and rescue teams, or the M134 minigun

  18. Ainsley Harriott says:

    “Determine it’s own fate” – well, rather let the Chinese communist party decide its fate. I wouldn’t knock American interventionism; it’s literally the difference between South and North Korea.

  19. The hard truth says:

    Surprised that the AC 130 Hercules didn't make it on the list but then it could fill an episode of its own.

  20. It's more like 1billion AK's!. It's possible that there is 1AK/RPK for the 7billion people on this planet!?!. And as far as the T-54/55 series of tanks, over 100,000 of them were built!?!.

  21. Yea as he says when you make videos about weapons people say “I’ll watch that”…except for YouTube itself.

  22. James Edkins says:

    I love your videos but there is so much factually wrong with his video.

  23. SlapShotRegatta says:

    Not very complete. I'd argue that the SAW is far more iconic to the Vietnam war than the Soviet T-54/55 and any of the jets.

  24. Ryan Munoz says:

    Imagine if the Soviets had the ak-47 during WWII?? Battle of Stalingrad would’ve been a whole lot different

  25. Chris Merryman says:

    You got almost everything about the AK wrong. And the troubles with the M16 reliability was not the rifles fault but altered cartridge specs that were covered up by the government.

  26. Ash boxall says:

    I lost count of the T-54/55’s that are scattered and destroyed in southern Iraq.

  27. Gareth Dancer says:

    The were in wikipedia is better as tells that f4 phantom did not initially have guns fitted and pilots had no choice but to use missiles "The Phantom is a large fighter with a top speed of over Mach 2.2. It can carry more than 18,000 pounds (8,400 kg) of weapons on nine external hardpoints, including air-to-air missiles, air-to-ground missiles, and various bombs. The F-4, like other interceptors of its time, was initially designed without an internal cannon. Later models incorporated an M61 Vulcan rotary cannon. Beginning in 1959, it set 15 world records for in-flight performance,[6] including an absolute speed record and an absolute altitude record.[7]" excerpt included

  28. Jonathan Webster says:

    If I ever win the lottery I'm buying a huey! The sound of those rotors 🙂

  29. PillowSmeller says:

    Maybe a video about Agent Orange or CIA experiments like MK Ultra would be interesting?

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