Marines Fought the LAW, and the LAW Won

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Older versions of Talley Defense Systems' M-72 light antitank weapon (LAW) were used extensively during the Vietnam War, where their performance showed that only larger, shoulder-fired rockets would stop a Soviet tank. Post war, the bigger and longer-range AT-4 and shoulder-launched multipurpose assault weapon (SMAW) became the Marine Corps' rockets of choice. Now a modernized M-72A7 LAW is making a comeback, to positive reviews from Marines headed for urban combat in Iraq. Three factors account for the LAW's renewed popularity:

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