The Davy Crockett

By Deane Barker on September 14, 2009

Davy Crockett (nuclear device) : What a comfort to know that things like this existed.

The M-388 Davy Crockett was a tactical nuclear recoilless rifle projectile that was deployed by the United States during the Cold War.

[…]  Both recoilless guns proved to have poor accuracy in testing, so the shell’s greatest effect would have been its extreme radiation hazard. Even at a low yield setting, the M-388 would produce an almost instantly lethal radiation dosage (in excess of 10,000 rem) within 500 feet (150 m), and a probably fatal dose (around 600 rem) within a quarter mile (400 m)