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TitleLaw and Disorder: Rearming the M72 LAW
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ISBN 0·87364-764-5

Fred Brown

Rearming the

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LAW amiDisorder
Rearming the 66mm Light Anti-Tank Wenpon
by Fred Brown

Copyri ght 0 1994 by Fred Brown

ISBN 0-87364-764-5
Printed in the United Slates of America

Published by Paladin Press, a division of
Paladin Enterprises, Inc., P.O. Box 1307,
Boulder, Colorado 80306, USA.
(303) 443 -7250

Direct inquiries and/or orders to the above address.

All rights reserved . Except for use in a review, no
portion of this book may be reproduced in aoy form
without the express written permission of the publisher.

Neither the author nor the publisher assumes
aoy responsibility for the use or misuse of
information contained in this book.


PART ONE: Overview 3

PART TWO: Using the LAW 9

PART THREE: Rearming the LAW 23

APPENDIX: Warhead 47

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11 disassembly and reconstruction proce-
dures outlined here are to be performedIIII
with the LAW tube in the closed state
wi t h the safety catch on "safe." CheckI
th a t your LAW is empty! A good rule of

thumb here is that if you can see through the tube, it is,
indeed, empty. This assum es, however, that you have
removed the end caps.

Undo the two screws [S] visible at the rear of the tube,

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1IIIIlIi as shown in Figure 4. This will allow the primer housing
block cover (BC) to be lifted off. If the housing is secured
with rivets rather than screws, grind or cu t th e rivet
heads away and drift out the remaining pins . Obtain self­
tapping screws of a suitable length and diameter for sub­
sequ en t replacement of the housing. Better still, use
wing nu t- t ype fast eners, as this-mak es for very rapid
repeated rearming.


FIGURE 4: Prime r

block housing cover


5 Screws

BC Block cove r


and flash tube

Primer block


, /'11
II1 _

Scrape and pull away any silicone waterproofing
material that is present. You should now be looking at
the primer block assembly (FBI and [if you're lucky) the
stublike remains of the plastic flash tube IFTS).

Pry out th e prim er block with a levering action using
the longer of the LAW's safety-pin pair, the pointed bit of
a Swiss Army pen knife bot tle-opener blade, or any other
expedient tool that can be inserted beneath the £lash
tube stub. Do not damage the stub unnecessarily.

Now remove the existing [used] primer. Usually, the
LAW firing pin will have seriously pierced the face of the
primer. This being the case simply enlarge the hole care­
fully wi th a knife blade until a m edium -s ized Phillips
screwdriver can be inserted. (Th e crosshead bit catches
the dam aged brass bet ter than a fla thead does. )Twist the
screwdriver to loosen the primer in its pocket, then lever
or pull ou t the primer with a pair of pliers.

Check now tha t the vent hole at the bottom of th e





FIGURE 6: primer block (stub attached) removed from housing

PBH Primer block housing FTS Flash lube stub
PP Primer pocket FTC Flash tube channel
PB Primer block

LAW AND DISORDER� REARMING THE LAW .. ...................................................~.. .
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A h ea vy con t ac t (HCI is
conn ected to one side of th e
circuit; the contact plate {CPI
is connected to the other. The
heavy contact is retained by
insula ted sp ru n g jaw s (SII·
Upon impact, inert ia forces
HC th rou gh the ja w s and
onto the contact plate, there­
by completing the circuit .

The electri cal switch com­
p rises two thin pla t es {PI

FIGURE 28:install ed close together. On
Disk/flange retention

impact th e point of a metal
rod (MR) is thrust through TO BAlTERY
the two plates, thereby com­
pleting the circuit.

The switch is fitted to the
front of the warhead inside a

Hecrushable cover. On impact
the two thin plates (TP) are ,
forced together, thereby com­ _L-'.J 1\ ' ~ , 1'I

TO~ : : L..:I
pleting the circuit. DETONATOR ~ CP


FIGURE 29: Inertia switch

...."­p . • .- . TO BATIERY"

, l;~ t~ ~,,' , \. TO BATIERY

FIGURE 30: Thrust rod FIGURE 31: Nose-switch

LAW A:-;O OJ50!?DfR
50 • • • • •• • • • •• • u •••••••• •••••• • •• • • •••.. • •• • - .

•� ake care when loading a rocket with a live
improvised warhead. Remember the old
anarchist's song, IIIf I drop this I'm fucking
dead ... de dum, de dum . . .II

Many thanks to "Nick," without whose help this pro­
ject wouldn't have been possible. Good luck with the
appeal, Nick, see you next visiting day.

Message to readers of Bic Farral l/s book Backyard
Rocketry: Bic has asked me to point out that the carrot­

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shaped engine tubes on pages 7 and 49 are the result of
his inabil ity to defeat the computer graphics package
monster from hell prior to publication. Yes, thetubes
should be symmetrical. On a related note ...

Rocke t Man Is Jailed fo r Four Years

... A l ovesick businessman who
nailed a five-barrelled homemade rock-
et launcher to a tree intending to
ambush his ex-laver's new boyfriend
has been jail ed for four years...

"X" fir s t told the court that he
rigged up the device to fire rockets
into thunderclouds as an experiment.
. . [then] changed his story and said
the device was actually a suicide
weapon. .. The judge described the
case as "very strange" and said the
(suicide) claim was "manifestly
untrue and wholly implausible.JI

The moral of this true story? Christ knows, but it
made me laugh.


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