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M35A1/A2 2 1/2 Ton Gun Truck


Country of Origin/Used by: USA
First Produced/Service Dates: 1952 for cargo trucks; 1967 for Gun Trucks.
Manufactured by: Chassis: REO Motor Car Company (and others); Armor: US Military
Crew: 4-8

Various weapon configurations created by individual crews and units including the 7.62mm M60 machine gun, M2 .50 cal HMG and XM-134 mini-guns. 


Quad .50 gun truck mounted (4) M2 .50 caliber MG.  Many also included an additional 7.62mm M60 Machine Gun.

Engine: 6-Cylinder Gasoline (M35A1) and Multi-Fuel (A2)
Miscellaneous Info:

The M35 series of  2 1/2 ton trucks were originally built and designed by REO Motor Car Company, but also built by other manufacturers over it's lifespan including AM General, Curtiss-Wright, Kaiser Jeep Corporation and Studebaker.

The M35 2 1/2 ton and M54 5 ton chassis gun trucks were very similar.  However, the M54 contained a higher capacity hauling load due to automotive improvements, including engine, transmission and suspension.

Additional information provided by "JD" MSGT USA (Ret).

Data Sheet Available: Not Available


Reference Source/Provider
M35A1 2 1/2 Ton Gun Truck "Highland Raider's" Photos Martyn Smith - England
M35A2 2 1/2 Ton Gun Truck Photos Bill Soppet - Homer Glen, Illinois USA & Patrick Keenan - Editor
  M35A2 2 1/2 Ton Gun Truck Photo James Lyles - Florida USA
M35 2 1/2 Ton Quad .50 Gun Truck Photos Mark Aldrich - IPMS/USA Tacoma Green Dragons (Washington)
M35A1 2 1/2 Ton Quad .50 Gun Truck Photos [from Kemble Military Vehicle Show (2005)] David Green - Oxfordshire, UK
    M35 2 1/2 Ton Quad .50 Gun Truck Photos John H. - Pennsylvania
  M35 2 1/2 Ton Quad .50 Gun Truck Photo Dave Haugh - Content Editor
M35A1 2 1/2 Ton Quad .50 Gun Truck Photos from 2005 Kemble Military Vehicle Show and War & Peace Show - Beltring - UK Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
M35 "Talisman II" Filipino Armored Gun Truck Jaizon Allas - IPMS- Philippines Bert Anido

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
Gun Truck Information & Photos The Army Transportation Association - Vietnam
Gun Truck Information & Photos Vietnam Gun Truck Psychotic Reaction Website


Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
  "Braving Vietnam's Roads" (November 2017 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) John Teasdale
"Convoy Protection" (January 2021 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) Andrew Stone
Gun Truck: A Visual History of the U.S. Army’s Vietnam-Era Wheeled Escort Platforms (Ampersand Group, Inc.)

Review on WarWheels by Alan Crawford
David Doyle
Gun Trucks (Squadron-Signal Publications) Timothy J. Kutta

Gun Trucks in Vietnam: Have Guns, Will Travel

Review on WarWheels by Patrick Keenan

James Lyles

The Hard Ride - Vietnam Gun Trucks (Part/Volume 1)


Review on WarWheels by Patrick Keenan

James Lyles

The Hard Ride - Vietnam Gun Trucks (Part/Volume 2) Covers both the 1st & 2nd Editions


Review on WarWheels by Patrick Keenan

James Lyles
M35A2 In Detail (Wings and Wheels Publications - WWP) Frantisek Koren & Jan Mostek
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon
"Vietnam Gun Trucks" (February 2013 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Roy Stevenson

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M35A1 Quad .50 Gun Truck Kit   AFV Club 1/35 The only fault of this kit is that with actual vehicles, the M55 Quad .50 turret was attached to the truck bed with its square mount (sans wheels). The kit does not replicate this feature. 

Thanks to Robert Lockie and Pawel Krupowicz for this information.

Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M35A2 2 1/2 Ton Truck Instruments and placards (AR35332) Archer Fine Transfers 1/35 Decals/Transfers For AFV Club Kits

M35A1/A2 Mirrors (Two Different Releases: 357009 & 357109)

Echelon Fine Details


For AFV Club Model Kits;"Peel and Stick" Series.

M35A1 Gun Truck Update Set Eduard 1/35  
M35 Vietnam Guntruck Decal Sheet (DE-GT05) Mec Models 1/35 Decals
M35 Gun Truck Conversion Set (MT72144) ModellTrans Modellbau 1/72 Resin; For Academy M35 Truck Kit
M35 Family Interior 3D Decals (QD35037) Quinta Studio 1/35 3D Printed Decals; For the AFV Series of Model Kits.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider