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The M42 40 mm Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun, or "Duster," is an armored light air-defense gun built for the U.S. Army from 1952 until December 1959. Production of this vehicle was performed by the tank division of the General Motors Corporation. It used components from the M41 light tank and was constructed of all welded steel.
Armament consists of fully automatic twin 40 mm M2A1 Bofors, with a rate of fire of 2x120 rounds/min and either a .30 caliber Browning M1919A4 or 7.62mm M60 machine gun.
Although the M42 Duster was initially designed for an anti-aircraft role, it proved highly successful when used in the Vietnam War against unarmored ground forces.

This one is a M42A1

with its twin 40 mm M2A1 Bofors

Photo is taken in German's Panzermuseum Munster!
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daveofold Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
While in the US Army and stationed in Europe in the late 1970s, I saw these in action in person while at a German Army firing range - we had gone there to live-fire our M-163 Vulcan 20mm AA systems. The M-42s performed very well, hitting as many targets(using iron sights) as we did using the Vulcan's radar tracking.
Also in this photo is a German Gepard 35mm radar-controlled AA system, based on the successful Leopard tank chassis, directly behind the M-42; It was a good performer as well.
This is a good photo - the door directly left of the vehicle gives you an idea of the size.
These types of museums are great; I recently visited the Boeing Flight Museum in Seattle and it's good to be in touching distance of these metal warriors to see the size of them but also to visualize, if you can, these machines - that you could get into like a car - dealing out devastating destructive power(and anything that could smash stuff up like a tank or a warplane of course reduces human beings to red, messy smears - bones, mush and scraps of clothing). . .to give people the idea that wars are to be avoided.
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BlackDog624 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Ah...tanks <3
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Liam2010 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes! Oh-yes! Heart 
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knotty02 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
:heart: agghh
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Liam2010 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm... Nod  Yes! ;) Heart 
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Dru-Zod Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
I just bought a model of this version not too long ago.
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Liam2010 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! I thought I'd build it, even when I can make time for it and no little fingers coming and going to play with it. ;)
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