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A Marine carries a 104lb artillery round for an M777 A2 howitzer during a direct-fire exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 4, 2017. The M777 provides timely, accurate and continuous indirect fire support, while having the capability to engage targets directly in the event of enemy contact. The Marines are with 1st Battalion 10th Marine Regiment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luke Hoogendam)

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Direct fire: When howitzers become shotguns

7 Dec 2017 | Sgt. Matthew Callahan and Cpl. Luke Hoogendam 10th Marine Regiment

Marines with Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment conducted a direct fire drill with M777 A2 howitzers on Camp Lejeune, N.C. Dec. 4, 2017. The M777 is an indirect fire weapon used to support troops with a myriad of fires from a long distance including high explosives, illumination to identify enemies at night and smoke to conceal friendly troop movement on the battlefield. Direct fire is used to defend an artillery position by lowering the gun tube to engage targets only hundreds of meters away. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Sgt. Matthew Callahan and Cpl. Luke Hoogendam)

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