I’m not a gun nut, but I love badass machines and this photo of US Marines firing a howling M777 Howitzer is mechanical awesomeness dripping with badassery. I can almost hear the thumping blast of the Howitzer firing from just looking at the picture. It’s, yep, pretty badass.
Despite continued efforts to modernise and improve handheld mortars, like the 60mm M224 carried by American soldiers, soldiers today still aim it as their forefathers did in WWII: by looking over the barrel at a fixed analogue sight. But thanks to the Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) rapid prototyping program, these venerable artillery launchers are…