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Friday, December 2, 2022

The Navy SEAL’s Bigger, Deadlier Grenade Launcher | The National Interest

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In the 1960s the Navy SEALs were given a number of experimental weapons including the M-79 grenade launcher which could launch a 40mm projectile much farther than any person could. The only issue with the M-79 was that it had to be reloaded after each launch, the SEALs were interested in a weapon that could fire multiple rounds in a row without needing to be reloaded. The result was the 3 round T-148 which SEAL Team One dismissed as its open ended magazine would fill up with debris in the field. The eventual result was the China Lake pump grenade launcher which could fire 4 grenades before needing to be reloaded. The weapon may have been too cumbersome as very few were ever made. The latest effort to find a suitable launcher began in the mid 2000s, the Marines purchased a 6 shot grenade launcher based on an old South African design. SOCOM and the SEALs quickly took an interest in the weapon and by 2011, it had made its way to Afghanistan.

Source: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/navy-seals-bigger-deadlier-grenade-launcher-197775

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