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M203 40mm grenade launcher
M203 40mm grenade launcher

Developed as a "tactical" accessory, it is attached to a shoulder fired rifle (usually a M16, shown here attached to a M4 5.56mm Carbine). It is a single shot attachment that fires a variety of 40mm low velocity high explosive and special purpose grenades that does not interrupt normal execution of the weapon it is attached to.

Specifications

Caliber 40mm
Operation: single shot
Feed: breech loading, sliding barrel
Weight: unloaded M16A1 and M203, 5.484 kg; loaded M4 and M203, 4.624 kg
Weight of launcher unit: empty, 1.36 kg; loaded, 1.63 kg
Length: 380 mm
Barrel: 305 mm
Muzzle velocity: with M406 grenade, 74.7 m/s
Max range: 400 m
Max effective range: area target, 350 m; point target, 150 m


Manufacturers

Colt's Manufacturing Company Inc.


Source(s): Jane's Infantry Weapons, 24th Edition, 1998-99.


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