Third hand In the US, testing a device to ease the weight of the weapon
The US Army has begun field testing of a special device that helps a soldier hold a heavy weapon in the hands of a long time. The device, called the "third hand", can be used, for example with a machine gun, said the press service of the research laboratory of the US Army.
As explained in the press service, the “third hand” is a mechanical device, fastened at the waist with one end, and fastened to the military’s weapon at the other end. It is quite light, because it is made of carbon fiber and weighs about 1,4 kilograms. The device allows you to evenly distribute the weight and stabilize the weapon, as well as free the hands of the fighter. During the initial tests at the test site, a significant drawback was revealed - as long as it is mounted on the body of a soldier, it is extremely difficult to fire from a prone position. In the future, this flaw was corrected, but the device needs some work.
When testing a device with an automatic rifle M4 weight 3,4 kg. it was found that the device allows to increase the accuracy of shooting and reduce fatigue of the hands of military personnel. Currently, the device is being finalized and tested with heavy machine guns М240В and М249, which weigh 12,5 and 10 kilograms, respectively.
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