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Military HMMWV Weapons
The HMMWV was originally a soft-skin vehicle, primarily intended as a personnel carrier and cargo truck, shelter carrier, and crew-served weapons platform. Although some models had a hard top and hard doors, they offered almost no protection from ballistic threats (bullets). If equipped with a roof weapon, the gunner was particularly vulnerable to small arms fire or the effects of blast near or under the vehicle.
High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Weapons
Under the pressure of combat experience, especially in Operation Iraqi Freedom, the HMMWV family has expanded to include up-armored and heavy variants. Far more attention has been paid to the protection of the gunner position. This section of Olive-Drab.com describes the evolution of HMMWV crew-served weapon mountings, shields and turrets. The full list of HMMWV variants, more information about the Up-Armored HMMWV (UAH), and HMMWV safety improvements including gunner protection are on the linked pages.
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HMMWV Roof Hatch Weapon Mountings
The HMMWV Armament Carrier and TOW missile configurations have a hard top roof hatch with a 360° rotating weapons ring. A gunner stands on a floor-mounted platform or rests on a web sling. A short pedestal mount can be attached to the ring to support the pintle or pintle adaptor for all standard U.S. military machine guns.
HMMWV Body Weapon Mountings
In addition to weapons mounted at the roof gunner position, HMMWVs have been outfitted with pedestals in the open truck bed, with windows designed to be used as firing ports, and with armor boxes to create a convoy escort gun truck.
Index of HMMWV Adapter Mounts
These adapter mounts enable the U.S. military crew served weapons to be mounted on the HMMWV pedestal mounts or ring mounts. Other accessory components include ammunition containers and brackets, catch bag assembly, components to provide control over the machine guns while mounted, and components to provide machine gun and user protection.
Index of HMMWV Crew Served Weapons
Other weapons have been mounted on the HMMWV by U.S. allied countries and for special forces operations. Normally this is accomplished by adapting the pintle mount of the weapon to one of the mounts provided for U.S. weapons on the HMMWV.
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