As of now, the article stands as if rocket launchers would not exist outside computer games. Somebody who knowns something about this _pleaase_ write something relevant - Nilmerg 09:59, 5 Jan 2004 (UTC)
- I've changed this to a redirect: "rocket launcher" is a vague term with several possible meanings. -- The Anome 10:28, 5 Jan 2004 (UTC)
- Allthough what Nilmerg says is correct, I expect rocket launchers (of the hand-held/shoulder held variety) are far more common within FPS games, than they would be within regular armed combat. (To clarify - i mean RL's as a percentage of weapons in games > RL's as a percentage of weapons in real life). Maybe an article Rocket launchers in computer gaming or Weapons of Quake series need to be written :) -- Chuq 03:19, 18 May 2006 (UTC)
- Disagree Then it would become a different disambiguation page. We'd have to add grenade launcher, Comparison of applications launchers, Ship naming and launching, etc, etc. —Michael Z. 2007-08-29 14:27 Z
Launchers vs. launched
The following don't belong here: Launch vehicle, Expendable launch system, Reusable launch system. Yes, technically they launch a payload, but they are are rockets, not "rocket launchers" and they are never called "rocket launchers". This is not a list of related topics, but a disambiguation page, which only lists links to articles about things which are called "rocket launcher". —Michael Z. 2007-08-29 14:19 Z
- So, you are saying that space vehicles are never referred to as "rockets"? Right now, Launcher is a redirect to Launch vehicle- that does not seem right. --Gadget850 ( Ed) 14:50, 29 August 2007 (UTC)
- No, I am saying space vehicles are not referred to as "rocket launchers". This page is not Rocket (disambiguation).
RPGs a family of weapons?
I have heard that RPGs are a specific family of weapons, in the same way the AR-15, M16 and M4 are. Ergo, calling an RPG a specific type of weapon is like saying the AR-15 family aren't assault rifles (Shoulder-launched missile weapon in the RPGs' case)) but their own specific form of firearm. So, is this true? There seems to be some confusion in the wikipedia articles about rocket launchers. --Philip Laurence 06:20, 15 September 2007 (UTC) <math>Insert non-formatted text here</math>[[Media:[[File:Example.ogg]] == [Headline text][[''Link title'''''Bold text''']] == ]] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 23:00, 19 January 2009 (UTC)
RPG is both a name for a family of launchers, RPG-7 (Ruchnoy Protivotankovyy Granatomyet) and the name for the type of weapon. If you omit the designation it is usually assumed that you mean "an rpg of some type", much like "an assault rifle". If you are specific, "An RPG-18", it is like saying "An AR-15".
AT4 not a rocket launcher
The AT-4 which is shown in the side picture is actually not a rocket launcher but a recoilless rifle. That is, the projectile is launched from the weapon and then flies unpropelled. Strangely, the US army manual refers to the weapon as a rocket launcher, possibly due to internal nomenclature, and this has led to some confusion among the aremd forces of that nation. Adding to this is the fact that the AT-4 fires a HEATFS-T where the T stands for tracer, so the shooter will see a glowing dot at the rear of the projectile. this is sometimes believed to be a rocket exhaust.
A better picture might be of an RPG-7 or a m72 LAW firing.