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Sky Horse

50mm Light Field Mortar

The Sky Horse was a homemade 50mm mortar used by Viet Cong forces during the Cold War-era Vietnam War.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 5/9/2016
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Year: 1963
Manufacturer(s): Various Workshops - North Vietnam
Roles: In-Direct Fire/Siege/Area Effect;
Action: Manually-Actuated; Muzzle-Loaded
Caliber(s): 50.8mm
Sights: Iron
Rate-of-Fire: 10 rounds-per-minute
Operators: North Vietnam; Vietnam
Since the Viet Cong forces of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) lacked a settled industrial base from which to pull war-making goods, it led to the skillful engineering of basic household materials into weapons of various types. Such was the case with the 50mm "Sky Horse" portable light field mortar employed by Viet Cong (VC) units. The weapon was formed from a length of 2" metal pipe with its crude, folding bipod support base formed of 1/8th" strap metal strips. Components were joined by nuts and bolts as well as with wire. The result was a serviceable, portable artillery system capable of projecting a 50.8mm projectile through in-direct fire. Such makeshift weapons were forced into the VC inventory when traditional weapons procurement was not possible and this led to various examples of crude, though useful, weaponry like the Sky Horse mortar being collected by American and South Vietnam forces during the war.

Variants / Models

• Sky Horse - Base Series Name
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