US Marines Training With The M32A1 Milkor MGL 40mm + M203, M79 & Shotguns

Marines conduct weapon familiarization with the M32, M203, M79, Shotguns.

The Milkor MGL (Multiple Grenade Launcher) is a lightweight 40 mm six-shot revolver-type grenade launcher (variations also fire 37/38mm) developed and manufactured in South Africa by Milkor (Pty) Ltd. The MGL was demonstrated as a concept to the South African Defence Force (SADF) in 1981. The operating principle was immediately accepted and subjected to a stringent qualification program. The MGL was then officially accepted into service with the SADF as the Y2. After its introduction in 1983, the MGL was gradually adopted by the armed forces and law enforcement organizations of over 50 countries. Total production since 1983 has been more than 50,000 units.

The M203 is a single-shot 40 mm under-barrel grenade launcher designed to attach to a rifle. It uses the same rounds as the older stand-alone M79 break-action grenade launcher, which utilizes the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low. Quite versatile, and compatible with many rifle models, the M203 was originally designed for the U.S. M16 and its variant, the M4 Carbine. The launcher can also be mounted onto a C7, a Canadian version of the M16 rifle, however, this requires the prior removal of the bottom handguard.

The M79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, break-action grenade launcher that fires a 40×46mm grenade, which uses what the US Army calls the High-Low Propulsion System to keep recoil forces low, and first appeared during the Vietnam War. Because of its distinctive report, it has earned the nicknames of “Thumper”, “Thump-Gun”, “Bloop Tube”, and “Blooper” among American soldiers; Australian units referred to it as the “Wombat Gun”. The M79 can fire a wide variety of 40 mm rounds, including explosive, anti-personnel, smoke, buckshot, flechette (pointed steel projectiles with a vaned tail for stable flight), and illumination. While largely replaced by the M203, the M79 has remained in service in many units worldwide in niche roles.

Video Credit: U.S. Marine Corps | United States Department of Defense

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Krista James

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34 thoughts on “US Marines Training With The M32A1 Milkor MGL 40mm + M203, M79 & Shotguns

  1. I used to be a soldier of Russian Armed Forces. And every time I watch something like this I feel jealous, actually 😅 And also I feel like I wasted almost 3 years for "serving" my country. These guys are true soldiers. And Russians… well, they collect sleeves after every shooting training. Just to report that there is no "smart" comrade who stolen a one single patron. 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️
    What ever you heard about "badass, unstoppable, unpredictable, crazy super soldiers riding combat bears" is a 95% lie. US Army is the best in the world. And TV just scares you.

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