New Heat-Resistant 60mm Mortar Sling
The Marine Corps will begin testing the final prototype of a new heat-resistant 60mm mortar sling within the next few months. The no-melt, heat shielded slings, made by Tactical Assault Gear, can withstand temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit and will provide increased body support for Marines.
“What [the Marine Corps] has, hasn’t been working,” said Julie Kammerer, TAG account manager. “This sling makes it so the mortarman can carry [a 60mm mortar] upside down or right side up with the base plate. It has the heat shield on top so he can touch it with his hand.”
The new design will also prevent dust and debris from getting inside.
Kammerer said the final prototype provides additional support for a mortarman’s legs and back and will make it easier for Marines to carry the heavy artillery weapon on the move.
“We’re trying to make it easier on the war fighter to do his job effectively and maybe save him some pain in the long run on his knees and back,” said Kammerer.
Earlier this year, Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. and Camp Lejeune, N.C., had an opportunity to test the sling during live-fire demonstrations and provide feedback about the overall design. The first 50 prototypes will be sent to the Marine Corps for additional testing over the next several months.
“This is the final prototype. [The Marine Corps is] really happy with how [the sling] turned out. It’s been tested by numerous Marines and they’re ready to start with these 50,” Kammerer said.