The Marine Corps is in Bulgaria practicing high-angle fire with a 40 mm grenade launching machine gun known as the Mk-19 — it’s a tactic they say isn’t trained very often.
The tactic could be beneficial in striking down infantry troops behind walls or protection, or taking out advancing Russian armor and light-skinned vehicles.
It is another example of the Corps amid a training shift focused on rising near-peer competitors like Russia and China as the force returns to the fundamentals of infantry tactics to maintain skills for more traditional warfare.
“We have our combined anti-armor platoon conducting high-angle Mk-19 fire, which is a new thing for us,” a Marine says in a video posted to social media by Marine Forces Europe and Africa. “It’s not really done in the Marine Corps that much anymore.”