When I was 18, I almost joined the CF Reserves because they said I’d get to fire one of these. At the time, I didn’t want to see the world, fight for peace or nail bad guys, I just wanted to blow shit up and this looked like a fine way to do it. The recruiter even let me hold one and load it with a dummy round, you know… to get the scent. (They also let me play with a C7, a C9 and a Browning Hi-Power.)
Ahhh, the Carl Gustav. One of the best anti-tank weapons ever made. Basically, it’s a metre long pipe with a trigger that fires an 84 millimetre high explosive boom-boom. It was developed in the late 40s so infantry could kill bigger tanks. These days it isn’t likely to kill a modern main battle tank, but older tanks, APCs, cars, trucks, bunkers, houses, terrorists, etc… all of them are fair game, it’s why so many armies still use it. Your car? Chunked.
Unfortunately it was implied that I’d have to cut my hair if I joined… so I never did get to blow stuff up with one.