Training with 40mm Mark-19 Automatic Grenade Launcher – Everything Law and Order Blog

Various episodes of U.S. Marines and U.S. Air National Guard Service Members training on Mk-19s (pronounced Mark 19) during live-fire training exercises at shooting range.

The training was focused on enhancing a wide variety of skillsets with the Mk-19 automatic grenade launcher including: improving and sustaining their marksmanship skills and engaging with simulated targets(including heavy-armored ones) from stationary and moving positions, honing their accuracy, maintaining readiness, communication abilities, suppressive fire capabilities and more.

The Mk 19 grenade launcher is an American 40 mm belt-fed, air-cooled, man-portable, automatic grenade launcher.

It fires 40 mm grenades giving a practical rate of fire of 60 rounds per minute (rapid) and 40 rounds per minute (sustained) at a maximum distance of 2212 meters (2419 yd) capable of piercing through up to two inches(5 cm) of armor.

It can fire from a tripod-mounted position(example at 04:24) or from a vehicle mount(example at 05:08), with the latter being the preferred method, as the grenade launcher alone weighs 77.6 pounds (35.2 kg). Due to its low recoil and comparatively light weight, it has been adapted for use on many different platforms, including small attack boats, fast attack vehicles such as the Humvee (HMMWV), Stryker, military jeeps, and a large variety of naval mounts.

Credits: U.S. Marine Corps videos by Cpl. Fatima Villatoro, Gunnery Sgt. Kassie McDole; U.S. Air National Guard video by Senior Master Sgt. Michael Knodle

Thumbnail Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Tessa Watts

The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

Derivative works: Military Archive

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