US Marine Corps begins replacing grenade launchers

US Marine Corps begins replacing grenade launchers

Following the US Army, which began in 2017 the replacement of the M203 underbarrel grenade launchers with the new M320, the US Marine Corps began to replace the "grenade launchers". The first group of marines has already been trained and conducted live firing from the new weapons. About this writes the magazine Popular Mechanics.


According to the publication, the command of the United States Marine Corps decided to replace the M203 underbarrel grenade launchers with the more modern M320 model, as the US Army previously did. The army purchased 71000 M320 grenade launchers (at a price of about $ 3500 each) to replace the 50000 used M203s. The replacement itself will begin at the end of this year and will last until 2024. All M203 grenade launchers, which are in service with the United States ILC units, are subject to replacement. Currently, the Marine Corps at its base Camp Lajen (North Carolina) is training Marines to handle new weapons.

The M203 grenade launcher was developed in 1967 and adopted after 2 years. It is capable of firing 40 mm grenades at a distance of up to 400 m. To date, more than 250 thousand M203s have been produced. They are used in the armies of 40 countries.


M320 was developed by the German company Heckler & Koch in 2008 on the basis of the AG36 grenade launcher and is significantly different from the M203 model. In particular, a pistol grip and one additional handle are installed on it, which allows the weapon to be used autonomously (without being mounted on a rifle). Modification M320A1 is designed specifically for the US Army and has slight differences from the base model. The biggest improvement on the M320 is its sighting system, which includes a laser rangefinder. At night, the infrared rangefinder allows the soldier to use the night vision goggles to observe the induced beam.

It is noted that the M320 can fire all the standard NATO grenades - HE, smoke and lighting.

In the event of a misfire, it is enough to press the trigger again - the new “grenade launcher” has a self-resetting trigger mechanism (in order to re-fire the M203 grenade launcher it was necessary to additionally retract the bolt).


Earlier it was also reported that the U.S. Army has adopted a new store for 40-mm grenades for the M203 and M320 grenade launchers. The MAG-D store looks like a large rifle store and holds five grenades. Curb MAG-D weighs less than three kilograms (6,6 pounds) and is suspended on the strap of the body armor, which makes additional shots quickly accessible for fighters. Before the advent of MAG-D, grenades were carried freely or in bandoliers.
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  1. Sergey39 14 March 2020 16: 32 New
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    "a pistol grip and one additional handle are mounted on it, which allows the weapon to be used autonomously (without being mounted on a rifle)."
    Essentially a grenade launcher.
    1. Vasyan1971 14 March 2020 17: 11 New
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      Quote: Sergey39
      Essentially a grenade launcher.

      laughing
      1. kit88 14 March 2020 20: 57 New
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        So instead of this crap called M-79 they took M-203, including that the infantryman had M-16 in his hands, and not this karamultuk.
        1. Vasyan1971 14 March 2020 21: 38 New
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          Quote: kit88
          not this karamultuk

          The stump is clear, but it’s cool!
    2. Insurgent 14 March 2020 20: 21 New
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      "a pistol grip and one additional handle are mounted on it, which allows the weapon to be used autonomously (without being mounted on a rifle)."


      Quote: Sergey39
      Essentially a grenade launcher.


      Eka is unseen!

      GP-25, GP-30 are no less functional, and there is the possibility of their use without AK.





      This, of course, is a "militia initiative", but, if necessary, have something similar in the army, establish production - like two fingers on asphalt.

      There were homemade options and in a simpler way, from glued plywood.

      But it works! "No worse than the factory" ...
      1. Private-K 15 March 2020 08: 33 New
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        Quote: Insurgent
        , "volunteer initiative"

        Wow! Cool! Are there any characteristics? Interested in the weight of the product. Butt mold carriage?
        1. Insurgent 15 March 2020 08: 58 New
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          Quote: Private-K
          Wow! Cool! Are there any characteristics? Interested in the weight of the product. Butt mold carriage?

          Unfortunately, I can’t talk about such nuances. I couldn’t even try in business, I caught a glimpse of the guys’s hands.
          And they were made of glued plywood, in a simpler way, somewhat reminiscent of the shape of the Vintorez butt.
  2. Mountain shooter 14 March 2020 16: 52 New
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    Imagine how it "kicks" when used autonomously. The grenades are the same, which means that the combat capabilities are about the same. Sights and rangefinders - well, that’s understandable. Not fundamentally, it seems ... Normal weapons, no homing ammunition.
    1. Grigory_45 14 March 2020 17: 30 New
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      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Imagine how it "kicks" when used autonomously.

      when using the M320 as a separate weapon, a special removable butt was developed.


      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      The same grenades

      not really. In addition to regular shots of 40x46 mm, it is possible to fire extended ammunition

      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Normal weapon

      time will tell. Although, in my opinion, the Americans did something wrong. Sight - this, of course, is very cool, but .. The dimensions of the grenade launcher (it’s somehow not possible to call it a grenade launcher already) have grown, the mass has grown too. When installed on a rifle and when used separately, extra manipulations are needed - in particular, reinstalling the sight from the grenade launcher and vice versa
      1. Mountain shooter 14 March 2020 17: 57 New
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        Quote: Gregory_45
        when using the M320 as a separate weapon, a special removable butt was developed.

        The recoil momentum does not disappear. And it is much harder to tolerate when firing heavy ammunition from light weapons. In short, when it is bolted to the rifle, the recoil will be easier.
        1. Grigory_45 14 March 2020 18: 13 New
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          Quote: Mountain Shooter
          when it is bolted to the rifle, the recoil will be easier.

          this is understandable to everyone (the heavier the weapon, the less impact is felt). As well as the fact that shooting when using the butt is more comfortable than just hand-held
      2. sabakina 14 March 2020 17: 58 New
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        In addition to regular shots of 40x46 mm, it is possible to fire extended ammunition

        Actively reactive? And can you tell me what kind of hole is on the side?
        1. Lopatov 14 March 2020 18: 09 New
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          Quote: sabakina
          Actively reactive?

          1. sabakina 14 March 2020 18: 11 New
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            Thank you for the photo. So, what is next?
            1. Lopatov 14 March 2020 18: 14 New
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              Quote: sabakina
              So, what is next?

              The ammunition is quite long.



              And indeed it can be called active-reactive
              1. sabakina 14 March 2020 18: 20 New
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                And indeed it can be called active-reactive
                Good believe. BUT why is there a hole on the right side? the more they are very different in your and that photo?
                1. sabakina 14 March 2020 18: 26 New
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                  Judging by the time for an answer, Lopatov thought .. .. And really, the fig is a goat button accordion?
                2. Lopatov 14 March 2020 18: 29 New
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                  Quote: sabakina
                  BUT why is there a hole on the right side?

                  I can’t understand what kind of hole it is. Through which trunk is visible?
                  1. sabakina 14 March 2020 18: 35 New
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                    Now you see?
                    1. Lopatov 14 March 2020 18: 39 New
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                      Quote: sabakina
                      Now you see?

                      No.
                      Is that a "hole" through which the trunk is visible. But it’s understandable, cooling. Yes, and the "frame" is easier.
                      1. sabakina 14 March 2020 18: 42 New
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                        Just not clear. Does he have a rate of fire like the AK-630?
                      2. Lopatov 14 March 2020 18: 45 New
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                        Quote: sabakina
                        Just not clear. Does he have a rate of fire like the AK-630?

                        Heats up anyway.
                        Yes, and why close it? Only overweight.

                      3. sabakina 14 March 2020 18: 50 New
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                        Thanks shovels, This is more specific. Concluding the conversation, I’ll say, for me, it’s better to have an arrow with RPG-7 than to drag this stray.
                      4. Insurgent 14 March 2020 20: 27 New
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                        Quote: sabakina
                        it is better to have an arrow with RPG-7 than to drag this stray


                        Question: Will the RPGeshnik be able to "throw a grenade" over a cannon, 50-100 meters, through a house or other obstacle?
                      5. Golovan Jack 14 March 2020 20: 32 New
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                        Quote: Insurgent
                        "throw a grenade" grenade, 50-100 meters, through the house

                        Type - "whom will God send"? What for? belay
                      6. Insurgent 14 March 2020 20: 33 New
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                        Quote: Golovan Jack

                        Type - "whom will God send"? What for?

                        And then, to make dill "flatten your ears."

                        Have you fought
                      7. Golovan Jack 14 March 2020 20: 45 New
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                        Ahem ... are we close friends? I don’t remember something request

                        Quote: Insurgent
                        to make dill "flatten ears"

                        Why - to press? Why - press? You shoot a clapperboard "through the house" (in translation - it is not known where), "50-100 meters."

                        It's easier to throw stones yes
                      8. Insurgent 14 March 2020 20: 59 New
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                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        Ahem ... are we close friends? I don’t remember something

                        Bad means with memory.
                        Earlier, I wrote that I’ll steal something for you, for rudeness.

                        With a boorish troll, and on "you"? no

                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        You shoot a clapperboard "through the house" (in translation - it is not known where)


                        The AGS, too, hits “over the horizon” in azimuth and distance - also “as if it were unknown where.”
                        And yet effective.

                        The situation is similar with GP. With mass application, a shaft of fire is created. And the enemy becomes "uncomfortable."


                        I am writing this, more for other readers than for you. To the person to whom only op.
                      9. Golovan Jack 14 March 2020 21: 08 New
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                        So. Cold-blooded man wink

                        Quote: Insurgent
                        The AGS, too, hits “over the horizon” in azimuth and distance - also “as if it were unknown where.” And yet effective

                        I'm not sure that it is used that way, but even if:

                        - firing rate of AGS - 50 - 100 rounds / min.
                        - rate of fire M 320 - 5 - 7 rounds / min.

                        In order to provide a “shaft of fire” comparable to that created by one AGS, you will have to set up an enthusiast department that will throw grenades through the house. I repeat again -

                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        It's easier to throw stones

                        PS: About "through the house" - you gave an extremely unsuccessful example, my friend. Happenes yes
                      10. Insurgent 14 March 2020 21: 18 New
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                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        - rate of fire M 320 - 5 - 7 rounds / min.


                        In the DNI and M 320? belay

                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        To provide a comparable "shaft of fire", it is necessary to put a compartment of enthusiasts, which will be thrown grenades through the house.


                        You will not believe fellow ! So it is / was, for example, at the "Vineyards" position, where one street is behind dill, one is behind us ...

                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        Cold-blooded man

                        The troll is not my friend, not comrade, and not brother.

                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        You gave an extremely unsuccessful example.


                        Ka-a-a-A-N-e-sh-n-ah! What is your "shot" from the GP, for a real purpose wink ?
                      11. Golovan Jack 14 March 2020 21: 28 New
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                        Quote: Insurgent
                        In the DNI and M 320?

                        Article about the M320 wink

                        Quote: Insurgent
                        You will not believe

                        So I do not believe laughing

                        Quote: Insurgent
                        What is your "shot" from the GP, for a real purpose?

                        I suspect - exactly the same as yours.

                        Very, very remind me of the infamous Seryozha- "observer" yes
                      12. Insurgent 14 March 2020 21: 29 New
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                        Quote: Golovan Jack
                        Very, very remind me of the infamous Seryozha- "observer"

                        Again fool ?
                        Spring, aggravation ...

                        After all, I’ll cut yes .
                      13. Golovan Jack 14 March 2020 21: 30 New
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                        Quote: Insurgent
                        Spring, aggravation ...

                        Yes, I noticed already ...

                        Quote: Insurgent
                        Ka-a-a-A-N-e-sh-n-ah! After all, I’ll cut

                        I sympathize request
                    2. Insurgent 14 March 2020 21: 50 New
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                      Quote: Golovan Jack
                      Article about the M320

                      Learn, this is completely yours.

  • Grigory_45 14 March 2020 18: 19 New
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    For example, 40mm Pike rockets
  • Thunderbolt 14 March 2020 22: 01 New
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    Quote: Gregory_45
    in my opinion

    thanks for the info
  • Lopatov 14 March 2020 18: 12 New
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    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    Normal weapons, no homing ammunition.

  • Insurgent 14 March 2020 21: 57 New
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    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    Imagine how it "kicks" when used autonomously.

    I did not have to try the GP without an automatic machine, on a makeshift "butt". But I think that the return, due to the smaller overall mass of the “kit,” is greater.
  • Operator 14 March 2020 17: 08 New
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    The new German cracker weighs like two old American grenade launchers.

    Yes - and not a store, but a hard bandolier, the weight of which is several times more than the old cloth.
    1. Cowbra 14 March 2020 17: 30 New
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      So it’s also in size twice, and because of those same handles. The order of landing from the reservation:
      * Open the hatch
      * Get the black man Joe stuck in the doorway.
      * Get stuck in the opening of the M-16 with a clumsy butt in principle.
      * Kick a grenade launcher stuck in the doorway with the matuges
      * Nafig to leave so that he hangs himself quietly in the outhouse
  • Proton 14 March 2020 17: 44 New
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    And why the hell is he? laughing ordinary grenade launcher, reinvented the bike, right now they will start to steam everything, partners
    1. Grigory_45 14 March 2020 17: 48 New
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      Quote: Proton
      ordinary grenade launcher, reinvented the bike, right now they will start to steam everything, partners

      actually this is a creation of the German Heckler-Koch
  • Alex_You 14 March 2020 18: 15 New
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    Shops for pomegranates raise a number of questions, why are they better than regular pockets for unloading? And Lord, size! If you have to fall on your belly, will the feeder suffer and the store itself in principle? Is it just because of the parapet to throw.
  • 113262a 14 March 2020 18: 48 New
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    I can imagine the brave marine KMP crawling in a plastunsky way with these shops on the belly!))) Or at least rolling around. It’s only in a marching column, in a parade, or in a full-blown psychic attack ... I’m not happy about unloading when my face is in the dirt. My back sticks to the ground And you pull the rolls. And here are such suitcases ...
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  • Vasily Ponomarev 14 March 2020 18: 49 New
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    Quote: Spade
    Quote: Mountain Shooter
    Normal weapons, no homing ammunition.



    Is this a pike shell?
    1. Lopatov 14 March 2020 19: 02 New
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      Quote: Vasily Ponomarev
      Is this a pike shell?

      No.
      This is Drone-40 from DefendTex
  • Vasily Ponomarev 14 March 2020 18: 52 New
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    Quote: Alex_You
    Shops for pomegranates raise a number of questions, why are they better than regular pockets for unloading? And Lord, size! If you have to fall on your belly, will the feeder suffer and the store itself in principle? Is it just because of the parapet to throw.

    In the past, 40 mm grenades were carried freely or in bandoliers and were often contaminated or damaged. MAG-D also eliminates the confusion where which types of 40mm grenades (HE, flash, smoke, tear gas, volumetric explosion) are located. US Marines were the first to use the MAG-D (which was invented by the former Marines), and wanted more of these stores.
  • Vasily Ponomarev 14 March 2020 19: 03 New
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    Quote: 113262
    I can imagine the brave marine KMP crawling in a plastunsky way with these shops on the belly!))) Or at least rolling around. It’s only in a marching column, in a parade, or in a full-blown psychic attack ... I’m not happy about unloading when my face is in the dirt. My back sticks to the ground And you pull the rolls. And here are such suitcases ...

    I don’t know, I understand that they suffer that they didn’t ask your genius, but it seems to me that they thought it out even without you
  • Vasily Ponomarev 14 March 2020 19: 05 New
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    Quote: Spade
    Quote: Vasily Ponomarev
    Is this a pike shell?

    No.
    This is Drone-40 from DefendTex

    I realized, by the way, the shell magazine really looks good, what do you think?
    1. Lopatov 14 March 2020 19: 22 New
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      Quote: Vasily Ponomarev
      shop for shells

      Does not allow to shoot different grenades. No choice. Only in order.
      In general, this is just an addition to the regular grenade pouches. And not their replacement
      1. Private-K 15 March 2020 08: 43 New
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        Here, by the way, there is a "bureaucratic" stone: the standard staff ammunition is 12 shots to the grenade launcher. (I draw your attention - in the USA!, In the SA-RF - 10 pcs.) And only 5 get into this store. total = 10 pcs. And put 12. Disorder. Violation.
        IMHO, it will be possible to buy a store for your own (or for "regimental") money, but they will allow it in standard equipment.
  • Incvizitor 14 March 2020 20: 46 New
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    I think the future is for the under-barrel missiles there and the range and accuracy are good, it will probably be very expensive if they are not used.
    Raytheon reported on a successful test of a 40mm precision guided munition launched from a standard grenade launcher. The missile hit the intended place, flying more than 2300 meters.
    A missile called Pike uses a digital semi-active laser homing head and is capable of hitting medium-sized motionless and slow-moving targets.
  • businessv 14 March 2020 21: 06 New
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    M320 was developed by the German company Heckler & Koch in 2008 based on the AG36 grenade launcher
    Heckler and Koch are a good company, making excellent weapons, but why did the Americans decide to buy from them, and not something of their own? Are babos rolling back?
    1. Grigory_45 15 March 2020 10: 20 New
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      Quote: businessv
      Heckler and Koch are a good company, making excellent weapons, but why did the Americans decide to buy from them, and not something of their own?

      take what they consider necessary. The Army, Navy, and KMP each hold their own contests for weapons that they intend to use. For example, the army pistol in the USA is the German Sig Sauer M17, which replaced the Italian Beretta 92F (M9), although, as you know, the United States is full of its pistols.
  • Kelwin 14 March 2020 21: 46 New
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    This store is well suited hit MDS or BZ and the fireworks will be honorable))
    1. Mountain shooter 14 March 2020 22: 25 New
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      Quote: KelWin
      This store is well suited hit MDS or BZ and the fireworks will be honorable))

      He’s also very “loud”. Sitting in an ambush, you start spreading grenades in front of you - all the magpies in the forest will whiten.
      1. Kelwin 14 March 2020 22: 44 New
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        Well, yes, by the way) the click will be even double probably ... and indeed, and pass the bk if necessary, while you unfasten ...
  • Thunderbolt 14 March 2020 21: 57 New
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    Thank you for the clear article. everything about the case, the rest is to the psychiatrist. Once again, thanks, buddy!
  • sen
    sen 15 March 2020 06: 23 New
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    In some cases, a greater rate of fire is needed than with an under-barrel grenade launcher: when organizing ambushes or vice versa reflections. For this case, a one-time twelve-barrel (3x4) 30-mm rocket launcher would be useful.