Original U.S. MGM-51 Shillelagh Anti-Tank Guided Missile Round - Inert Dummy

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Original item: Only One Available. This anti-tank missile is totally inert and deactivated following guidelines provided by the ATF. It cannot be converted to an explosive devise and is not available for export.

This is a very nice example of a rare MGM-51 Shillelagh Anti-Tank Missile, deactivated and labeled DUMMY for use in training exercises. It weighs approximately 60lbs, and measures approximately 45 1/2 inches long and 6 1/2 inches wide. This would make it the later MGM-51B/C version, which was slightly larger than the original MGM-51A.

It is offered in very good condition, and has been repainted several times. There are still some markings visible on the fittings around the base of the missile round.

Very impressive and ready to display!

The Ford MGM-51 Shillelagh was an American anti-tank guided missile designed to be launched from a conventional gun (cannon). It was originally intended to be the medium-range portion of a short, medium, and long-range system for armored fighting vehicles in the 1960s and '70s to defeat future armor without an excessively large gun. Developing a system that could fire both shells and missiles reliably proved complex and largely unworkable.

It was originally developed for the experimental but never produced MBT-70 tank and served most notably as a primary weapon of the M551 Sheridan light tank, but the missile system was not issued to units serving in Vietnam and was retired in 1996. It was also used on the M60A2 "Starship", which was phased out by 1981. Ultimately, very few of the 88,000 rounds produced were ever fired in combat, and the system has largely been succeeded as a US anti-tank missile by the later BGM-71 TOW wire-guided missile, which was first produced in 1970. As wire guidance and a tube launcher proved to be simpler, TOW has been combat-fitted to 15,000 ground, light and armored vehicle and helicopter platforms of 40 international armed forces. Main battle tanks of the late 20th and early 21st century have fielded improved conventional 100-125 mm guns and ammunition effective against enemy armor threats. While Soviet designers developed gun launched missiles, the US and NATO were developing guided tank shells.

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