106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50 at the US Army Ordnance Museum.

Ontos, Greek for "thing," is an apt nickname for this little vehicle. The .50cal spotting rifles have been removed from this example, but would normally be mounted on the top four 106mm rifles. On the left side of the hull is a mounting bracket for a fuel or water can, and just above and to the rear of that is the left taillight. Visible between the 106mm rifles is the guard for the gunner's M20A3C periscope. In the center of the air intake louvres is the engine access hatch. On the M50A1 this hatch, along with the transmission access hatch just below the air intake grilles, would be louvred as well. (Picture courtesy Armor Foto.)

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The rifle traveling lock is engaged in this imposing view of this beautifully restored machine. It is the bar running across the front of the hull that is attached to the bottom two rifles. The extra louvres on this vehicle are easily contrasted to the one above. The gunner's periscope guard is visible between the rifles, and a machine gun mount is perched on the arm connecting the two groups of rifles.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The beam running along the outside of the suspension was known as the side channel. Along with a spotting rifle, ground mount sighting and fire control instruments were stowed on the rear of the upper left rifle. Stowage for a machine gun tripod is visible just in front of the spare track shoes.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The chambers of the right three M40A1C rifles are visible here. The mount for the .50cal spotting rifle is apparent on the outboard recoilless rifle, and the vehicle's exhaust pipe and muffler can be seen running along the side of the hull.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

Details of the track and suspension can be seen here. The track has both center and outside guides, and each track is made up of five band-type sections. The rubber torsilastic springs are mounted externally, and have the benefit of being resistant to corrosion. Two of the vehicle's shock absorbers can be seen as well.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

Another view of the drive sprocket and suspension is provided here.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The rear double-door hatch is open on this vehicle. Stowage for four recoilless rifle rounds was provided in the rear of the fighting compartment. The first aid kit is mounted on the gunner's seat backrest, and his seat cushion can just be seen to the front of this. The vehicle's radio can be see to the front of the gunner. The driver's position is at the front left of the hull, and the steering brake control levers are visible to his front.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

Stowage for eight 106mm rifle rounds was provided beneath the fighting compartment, and access was via this fold-down rear plate.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

A closer view of the gunner's controls and periscope mount is provided here.

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106mm Multiple Self-propelled Rifle M50A1 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The driver's instruments are shown here. From left to right, the gauges are as follows: Transmission pressure (above), transmission temperature (below), fuel level, speedometer, battery generator, oil pressure (above), engine temperature (below). The three switches to the front of the image are for the vehicle's lights, and the engine choke knob is just behind the light switch group.

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Last updated 8 Oct 2016.
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