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Model: FIM-92 Stinger
The Stinger missile is the quintessential anti-aircraft missile in popular culture. It was developed by the United States as a short-range, lightweight, man-portable anti-aircraft system. To date, it has been used for almost 300 aircraft kills in four major conflicts and use with over 18 countries, including all branches of the United States military excluding the Coast Guard.
The Stinger is a Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) that can be used by a single operator, although official procedure requires two-man teams. It uses a passive IR sensor and UV sensor to detect both the thermal energy of the target and the ultraviolet "shadow" of the target to keep it from targeting other heat sources. Compared to other MANPADS in the modern world, the Stinger missile flies faster and has a larger warhead while also remaining lighter.
Where to find:
As mentioned above, the Stinger is used in over 18 countries and every branch of the United States military except the Coast Guard. It is a popular weapon in the modern world for shooting down low-flying aircraft, though it's obviously impossible to legally acquire until after Z-Day.
While the actual firing is a fairly simple procedure, there's more than you might think that you can do wrong. The Stinger requires a Battery Coolant Unit (BCU) in the handguard to fire the missile, and the batteries are somewhat sensitive to abuse and need to be replaced when they run out of argon gas 45 seconds from being loaded. Without proper maintenence, a BCU will become totally unserviceable. The antenna also needs to be unfolded before firing and kept from being damaged.
Size and weight:
Weight 15.2 kg (33.5 lbs) loaded, 5.9 kg (13 lbs) unloaded. Length 1.52 m (4.8 feet)
Single shot, disposable
The antenna is to the right of the missile tube and must be unfolded before firing. The BCU is inserted in the handgrip and has a 45 second lifespan. The IFF interrogator is used to identify friendly aircraft, though this will be of little use in the apocalypse as it can only properly identify military aircraft. It requires a cable plugged into the top of the interrogator, then connected to the bottom of the handgrip. The uncaging switch is on the front of the gripstock assembly and can be pushed with the left thumb. The safety and actuator device is behind the pistol grip.
Loading: How to load the firearm and make ready to fire.
Note: The Stinger should only be fired from a standing position. When firing, place your left foot forward and lean forward slightly. Do not fire at an angle greater than 65 degrees.
The BCU becomes extremely hot 3 minutes after activating and will be too hot to touch for 30 minutes. Do not discard it into dry brush, grass, or any other flammable materials. Only handle the BCU by the plastic cap on the bottom.
1) Remove the BCU receptacle cap by twisting it counterclockwise and pick up a BCU. Check that the heat indicator on the bottom of the BCU is pink and insert it into the receptacle in front of the pistol grip and turn it clockwise until it locks into place.
2) Unfold the antenna and check for damage.
3) Remove the front-end cap with your left hand.
4) Flip up the sight assembly.
5) Keep your target in the upper-range ring circle while tracking.
6) Press the safety and actuator device forward and down until it clicks.
7) For 3-5 seconds, the weapon begins to warm up. When you hear the gyro spinning, the weapon is ready.
8) Listen for the acquisition tone, then hold down the uncaging switch with your left thumb. If target acquisition is lost (the tone will get quieter), release the uncaging switch, acquire the target again, and hold the switch again. The tone should get louder and steadier.
9) Elevate the Stinger about 10 degrees to compensate for gravity and place the target in the center, left, or right reticle on the sight depending on which direction the target is moving (you want to lead the target).
10) When firing, hold the trigger and uncaging switch for three seconds after firing, then release.
While the Stinger is carried as a unit, the BCU must be removed after firing and the gripstock assembly and IFF interrogator are attached to another missile tube.
The BCU must be removed within 3 minutes to avoid damaging the battery receptacle. It will become extremely hot, about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so remove it by grabbing the plastic cap on the bottom and twisting counterclockwise. Do not discard it on dry brush, grass, or other flammable materials. If the BCU is removed during the firing procedure due to a hangfire, dud, or misfire, do not point it at the skin, as high-pressure gas may continue to spray out.
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