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US Military to Acquire New 40mm M320 Grenade Launching Guns

The U.S. Military is prepared to procure a new batch of 40mm M320, and 40mm M320A1 grenade launchers planned to…

By Brooks Schroth , in Defense News , at August 1, 2019 8:50 AM EDT Tags: , ,

The U.S. Military is prepared to procure a new batch of 40mm M320, and 40mm M320A1 grenade launchers planned to connect to a rifle or be fired independently, the Army Contracting Command declared in Jul. 30 notice posted to the U.S. government’s official contracting website.

In a notice published on the Federal website, the Military Contracting Command declared the Government anticipates issuing an official request for proposal, on or around 30 August 2019, to procure new M320 and M320A1 Grenade Launcher Modules.

M320 Grenade Launcher Module is the U.S. army’s appointment for a brand new single-shot 40 mm grenade launching guns system to replace the M203 for the U.S. Army, whereas different services initially kept utilizing the older M203.

The M320 has three major components: a grenade launcher with a rifled barrel, Day-Night Sight (DNS) produced by Insight Technology, Inc and a handheld Laser Range Finder (LRF).

The M320 can be utilized as a weapon itself or connected to a carbine rifle. The larger barrel causes the gun to have a longer lifespan since the more rounds fired by a lighter barrel can decay accuracy much faster than a thicker one.

The M320 has a removable stock that may be connected to the weapon to allow it to fire as its weapon. Another of the features Troopers prefer is how the weapon is readied. While the M203 was loaded by pushing the barrel ahead, the M320’s hole swings open with the press of a button to enable loading from the side.