Ukrainian Soldiers with Carl Gustaf Recoiless Rifle, Bakhmut

This footage shows a team of three Ukrainian soldiers from the Third Assault Brigade using a Carl Gustaf recoiless rifle in Bakhmut.


The cameraman and another squadmate assist the soldier with the Carl Gustaf rifleby loading it for him. The squadmate hands the round to the cameraman, who feeds it to the gunner. Note the ringing sound with each firing- the blast pressure from firing has been shown to produce concussive damage to the user over time, which can result in traumatic brain injuries. Even one shot can result in multiple exposures as the blast waves bounce off the terrain. The Swedish military, progenitors of the weapon system, only allow six shots per user per day in peacetime for this reason. Obviously, in situations like the one these soldiers are in, such limitations are more like "guidelines," but there will be a price paid in the end for the Gustaf's heavy punch.

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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.

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This footage shows a team of three Ukrainian soldiers from the Third Assault Brigade using a Carl Gustaf recoiless rifle in Bakhmut.


The cameraman and another squadmate assist the soldier with the Carl Gustaf rifleby loading it for him. The squadmate hands the round to the cameraman, who feeds it to the gunner. Note the ringing sound with each firing- the blast pressure from firing has been shown to produce concussive damage to the user over time, which can result in traumatic brain injuries. Even one shot can result in multiple exposures as the blast waves bounce off the terrain. The Swedish military, progenitors of the weapon system, only allow six shots per user per day in peacetime for this reason. Obviously, in situations like the one these soldiers are in, such limitations are more like "guidelines," but there will be a price paid in the end for the Gustaf's heavy punch.

About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.

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