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Grenade Launchers

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/27/2014

The grenade launcher has evolved from its limited single-shot dedicated form and, today, is an integrated part of the basic infantry squad.

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There are a total of 45 Grenade Launchers in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




2008
Beretta GLX-160 UBL
Introduced in 2008, the Beretta GLX-160 was developed in concert with the ARX-160 assault rifle for the Italian Army. It is a...
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2008
Brugger & Thomet GL-06
The Brugger & Thomet GL-06 is a single-shot, reusable grenade launcher originating from Switzerland. The small firm of Brugge...
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1968
China Lake Grenade Launcher
The US military attempted - through several notable endeavors - to provide a capable squad-level repeating grenade launcher d...
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1969
Colt / AAI M203
The M203 is a single-shot, reusable 40mm grenade launcher designed to extend the reach of the standard infantryman, allowing ...
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2009
Defcom XL200
Defcom LLC of Commerce, Michigan, USA has developed the XL200 40mm rail-mounted grenade launcher as an alternative to the lon...
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2009
Defcom XL79 Composite
The XL79 Composite is a modernized form of the Vietnam War-era M79 single-shot grenade launcher. The M79 gave good service fo...
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1999
Denel PAW-20 Neopup
The Denel PAW-20 "Neopup" ("Personal Area Weapon, 20mm") of South African origin is a unique and advanced 20mm semi-automatic...
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2003
Denel Y3 AGL
All major modern armies rely on some form of automatic grenade launcher: for the United States and its allies, it is the Mk 1...
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2006
General Dynamics Mk 47 Striker AGL (Mk 47 Mod 0)
The Mk 47 "Striker" stands as the successor to the storied Mk 19 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) of American origin. Th...
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2004
General Dynamics XM307 (ACSW) Advanced Crew-Served Weapon
The XM307 was born from the since-abandoned "Advanced Crew Served Weapon" (ACSW) project as part of the "Small Arms Master Pl...
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1978
GP-25 / GP-30 GL
The GP series of under-slung, single-shot, muzzle-loading 40mm grenade launchers was developed for the Soviet Army rifleman b...
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1980
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2006
Heckler & Koch HK AG36
The 40mm single-shot, breech-loading Heckler & Koch HK AG36 ("Anbaugranatwerfer 36") was designed as a possible grenade-launc...
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1996
Heckler & Koch HK GMG (GMW / GraMaWa)
The Heckler & Koch GMG ("GranatMaschinenWaffe" or "GraMaWa") is a 40mm automatic grenade launcher similar in form and functio...
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2015
Heckler & Koch HK XM25 IAWS
The futuristic Heckler & Koch HK XM25 IAWS (Individual Airburst Weapon System) is a semi-automatic, multiple-shot, shoulder-f...
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1995
Heckler & Koch HK XM29 OICW
In the 1990s, the US Army undertook formal evaluations of several competing automatic rifles to replace the long-running M16 ...
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2010
Heckler & Koch M320 GLM (HK AG36)
The United States Army has selected the single-shot 40mm HK M320 GLM ("Grenade Launcher Module") as its replacement for the v...
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1970
KBP AGS-17 Plamya (Flame)
The Soviet Army equivalent to the American Mk 19 40mm grenade launcher became the AGS-17 "Plamya" ("Flame"). The weapon enter...
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1995
KBP AGS-30
The AGS-30 is the modern Russian military 30mm automatic grenade launcher for fire support, superseding the Cold War-era AGS-...
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2006
KBP GM-94
The KBP GM-94 is a modern, multi-shot tactical grenade launcher of Russian origin, developed with special forces units such a...
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2006
M32 MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher)
The M32 MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher) is a new United States Marine Corps (USMC) adoption of a repeat-fire, portable grenad...
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1961
M79 GL
During World War 2, the standard infantryman utilized thrown hand grenades and rifle grenades when clearing out suspected ene...
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1983
Milkor MGL Y2
The privately-owned firearms concern of Milkor Pty Ltd of South Africa has made a living on its line of excellent 40mm grenad...
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2008
Milkor MGL-140
The Milkor concern of South Africa has a long-running history in development of versatile, military-grade, lethal and non-let...
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2009
Milkor Mk-4 UBGL
With a long-running history in design, development and production of excellent grenade launchers, Milkor Pty Ltd of South Afr...
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2012
Milkor SuperSix MGL
Milkor of South Africa has a long-standing history in the realm of automatic grenade launchers leading to their sixth generat...
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1994
Naval Ordnance Station EX 41 (Shoulder-Fired Weapon / SFW)
Since the close of World War 2, when infantryman relied on thrown hand grenades or rifle grenades fired from the muzzles of t...
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1970
NORINCO Type 69 RPG
The Type 69 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) is nothing more than a local Chinese copy of the famous Soviet-era RPG-7 series. T...
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1940
Northover Projector
With the invasion of Poland, Britain and France declared war on Germany in 1939. However, the situation turned sour when the ...
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2008
OBR RGP-40
Taking a page from other's military playbook, the nation of Poland designed, developed and adopted an indigenous, portable mu...
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2000
RAG-30 / SAG-30
Czech Weapons (CZW) produces the modern RAG-30 automatic grenade launcher for the Czech Army. The system is quite unlike othe...
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1994
RG-6 (6G39)
With the growing need to fight more urban environment battles, the Russian military adopted the capable, 40mm multi-shot "RG-...
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1981
Royal Ordnance ARWEN 37 (Anti-Riot Weapon ENfield)
The ARWEN 37 anti-riot weapon was designed in the late 1970s, ultimately reaching adoption and production in the early 1980s....
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1949
RPG-2
The RPG-2 is a rocket-propelled grenade launching system. It can trace its history back to the end days of World War 2 where ...
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1989
RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire)
Just before the end of the Soviet Empire in 1991, the Red Army adopted its newest anti-tank measure - the 105mm RPG-29 rocket...
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2008
RPG-30
Since the dark days of World War 2, Russia (then the lead of the Soviet Union) has held a high regard for man-portable, tank-...
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2008
RPG-32 (Hashim)
At the start of the new millennium, the governments of Jordan and Mexico commissioned the Russian government-run bureau of Ba...
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1961
RPG-7
The RPG-7 was the Soviet-produced follow-up in the RPG family series of man-portable, anti-tank rocket launchers unveiled in ...
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1967
Saco Mk 19 AGL
Design of the Mk 19 system began in 1966 by the Naval Ordnance Center out of Louisville with the required evaluations followi...
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1985
SB 40 LAG
In 1984, design work on an indigenous 40mm automatic grenade launcher was begun in Spain by Empresa Nacional Santa Barbara as...
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1921
Type 10, 50mm Grenade Discharger
The 50mm Type 10 was the first of two primary "light mortars" to serve with the Imperial Japanese Army during World War 2. In...
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Type 2 (Rifle Grenade Launcher)
The Type 2 was a weapon system in service with the Imperial Japanese Army by the time of World War 2. The system attached to ...
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1929
Type 89, 50mm Grenade Discharger
The Type 89 "Grenade Discharger" was another of Imperial Japan's "light mortar" systems utilized throughout World War 2. Hard...
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1968
XM174
The XM174 was an experimental 40mm automatic grenade launcher born from the fighting during the Vietnam War. The design emerg...
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