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Just another day at the office, kids.

 A special operations forces soldier fires an AT-4 shoulder-fired rocket launcher at the heavy weapons firing range on a base in the Tarin Kowt district in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, Aug. 22, 2012. The soldier is assigned to Special Operations Task Force Southeast U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Ginther

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I was watching an episode of Future Weapons on the Military Channel the other day and saw they now have an AT-4 designed to operate in close environments?  They said it accomplished this by having a slug of salt water absorb much of the back blast.  My first thought was, "that must be damned heavy, then."  Do you know anything about this?
 
Quite a bit of spatter at the front there.
 
Argent - those are most likely bits of soft plastic from the muzzle cover which is blown open when you fire the rocket.
 
Poor soldier is missing out on something quite special.  How often do you get to see aurora borealis in Afghanistan?  If only he'd turned around...
 
1. Someone has benn reading Franklin's "Fart Proudly".

2.  Mike: see the description of the "Armbrust" operation here:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armbrust
... or check out the patent here:  www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/d018886.pdf

Cheers
 
I am pretty sure that the white cloud of stuff at the rear is the salt water compensater which would indicate this is the AT-4 CS for use in confined spaces (or the wide open ones, but it does not work well the other way around to use the old AT-4 in confined spaces.
 
So is that soldier in the lower right corner an observer or is he targetting the people in front?

I like the crew on coffee break in the lower left and how it looks like this is being held in someone's parking lot.
 
Marine special operators, right? The man at lower right is operating a camera.
 
Marines have always been careful to make sure that they are properly photographed.  I do love 'em but we must admit they have the best PR of all the services.
 
The way things seem to be going these days in the ongoing decline of Western Civilization, I wouldn't mind having an AT-4 or two, or maybe a Carl Gustav, in the closet, as long as nobody else knew about that.

There, I said it. Yes, I believe that private citizens should have anti-armor weapons. That was the whole point of the firearms revolution, after all, that a peasant with a musket could shoot a hole in an armored knight.