m29.jpg (14319 bytes) Mortars can be built as improvised weapons or purchased through the black market. They enable the user's to engage area targets from a safe distance and at unusually high angles, being that they fire at a sharp upward angle and it is gravity that carries the projectile to its target. They are relatively simple to construct and maintain, but require great skill to use with any kind of precision. They could be useful in a scenario three or higher but could also prove to be a great deterrent weapon in a scenario two. Air powered mortars are legal as long as they are not accompanied by explosive projectiles, as are rebuilt military units that are modified to fire non standard, non explosive shells. Many military surplus mortars are modified to function more or less as small black powder cannon that fire beer cans filled with cement. They are not particularly accurate, but they could act as quite a deterrent against vehicles and buildings although the projectiles are little more deadly than rocks thrown from a tall building, low flying aircraft or off the side of a steep hill. Even if they are never used for combat, "black powder" mortars can have a lasting psychological intimidation effect on potential enemies in lower threat level scenarios. They typically cost under $1,000 when they are available. Operational military mortars vary in price on the black market according to the availability of ammunition, with obsolete models valued as scrap iron at worst or relics at best.

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