posted on Jun, 20 2013 @ 08:33 PM
This week I have had the pleasure of training with our units' newest addition. The M320 40mm Grenade launcher(Manufactured by
Heckler & Koch
This weapon is currently phasing out the aging M203 grenade launcher currently mounted on certain M16/M4 service weapons in the US Army. The
introduction of the M320 to the 82nd ABN in 2009 to deploying units was the true test bed of this weapon system. It has proven reliable in combat
conditions and it is easy to maintain.
It features a stand alone configuration such as the ones presented in the images below, and it can be mounted to the M4 carbine. It has less recoil
than a 12ga shotgun and loading/unloading the weapon is now accomplished from a side ejecting barrel as opposed to the sliding action of the M203. It
has an adjustable buttstock and includes a folding foregrip.
Here are a few pics I took:
Side ejecting barrel.
The sights would be familiar to anyone who has used the M203
Here is an image that gives a good idea of the overall size of this weapon. It should be noted that this system is lighter than the M203 and mounting
it on an M4, while not necessary, isn't as much of a pain.
All in all it is a pretty impressive weapon. I'm sure my fellow enthusiasts will agree.
edit on 20-6-2013 by projectvxn because: Added Manufacturer Info.