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M38A1C Jeep

with 105/106mm Recoilless Rifle


Country of Origin/Used by: USA (but used by many other countries and irregular forces)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1952
Manufactured by: Willys Overland (later Willys Motor Inc.), Ford Motor Co. and Nederlandse Kaiser-Frazer (NEKAF)
Crew: 1/3
Armament: M27A1 105mm Recoilless Rifle (Early Vehicle); M40A1 106mm Recoilless Rifle (Later Vehicles)
Engine: 4 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: Although the two weapons that were fielded on this vehicle were different, they fired the same round.  Replaced in the 1970's by the M151A1C and later the M825 Mutt vehicles.
Data Sheet Available: M38A1C Recoilless Rife Jeep Datasheet by David Haugh


Reference Source/Provider
    IDF M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Vehicle Photos Robert Goldman - Kfar Saba, Israel
M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Vehicle Photos Mark Aldrich - IPMS/USA Tacoma Green Dragons (Washington)
M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Vehicle Photos David Haugh - Content Editor
M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Vehicle Photos Keith Ross - Oklahoma, USA
  M38A1C & M151A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Vehicle Photo U.S. Army
Canadian M38A1 CDN3 Jeep with 106mm Recoilless Rifle Photos Christophe Jacquemont - Washington, D.C. USA
Jeep and Sufa Variants of the Israel Defense Forces Erik Hendriks - Sittard, Holland

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
M38A1C Recoilless Jeep Photos & Information The M38A1 Restoration Site


Reference Author
Armored Car- A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles R.J. Hunnicutt
"Desert Recoil" (Covers a build of the 1/35 AFV Club kit in Israeli Markings) (July 2019 Issue of Airfix Model World Magazine) Dave Oliver
M38A1 1/4 Truck In Canadian Service, The (Service Publications) Andrew Iarocci
M38A1 In Detail (Wings & Wheels Publications) Lubos Doubek & Frantisek Koran
"M38 Jeep: King of the Jeeps?" (June 2006 Issue of Military Machines International Magazine) Craig Macho
U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles Fred W. Crismon

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Model Kit (35S19) AFV Club 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Reboxed.  Originally released by Skybow
IDF 1/4 Ton 4x4 Siyur + Tolar (M38A1/CJ-5 Jeep) Model Set (AF35S99) AFV Club 1/35 Injection molded plastic.  Includes two (2) complete kits, one replicating a scout/recon vehicle and the other carrying a recoilless rifle.
M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Jeep Model Kit (TP3505) Skybow 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic; Out of Production
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
CJ-5M Recoilless Rifle Armed Jeep "Civilian" Conversion (C002) (For Skybow/AFV Club M38A1C) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin and Photo-Etched Brass.
Israeli CJ-5 Recce Vehicle Conversion (C009) (For Skybow/AFV Club M38A1) Accurate Armour 1/35 Resin and Photo-Etched Brass.
M38A1C Recoilless Rifle Armed Jeep Detail Set (35293) Eduard 1/35 Photo Etch Stainless Steel
M38A1 Jeep Weighted Wheels (35777) FC Model Trend 1/35 3D Printed Resin; For the the AFV Club/Skybow Model Kits.
Workable leaf springs for M38A1 Jeep (VMD35010) Minor Model 1/35 Photo Etched Brass; For AFV Club/Skybow Model Kits
M38A1 Jeep Wheels with Snow Chains (TWS0083) The Tank Workshop 1/35 Resin
IDF 1/4 Ton 4X4 M38A1/CJ-5 Tolar Jeep Upgrade Set (PE351138) Voyager Model 1/35 Photo-Etched Brass; For the AFV Club IDF Tolar Jeep Kit.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider