By David Crane
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May 29, 2011
Last updated on 6/02/11.
DefenseReview (DR) got the opportunity to run the Milkor USA M32A1 MSGL (Multi-Shot Grenade Launcher) 40mm at the range at the 2011 NDIA International Infantry & Joint Services Small Arms Systems Symposium, Exhibition & Firing Demonstration Range Day shoot three (3) days ago on May 26, 2011, and we came away very impressed with it. DR has been publishing information on Milkor USA Multi-Shot 40mm genade launchers since 2005, most notably the Milkor USA MGL-140 6-shot 40mm multiple grenade launcher prototype weapon, which would later go on to become the Milkor USA M32 40mm MSGL and be adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). Defense Review first ran the M32 MSGL at the NDIA Small Arms Systems Symposium Range Day shoot 2007 at Blackwater four (4) years ago. SOCOM (USSOCOM) subsequently took the M32, shortened and lightened it, and thereby developed the Milkor USA Mk14 Mod0 MSGL shorty version, which DR first photographed at SHOT Show 2008.
Enter the Milkor USA M32A1 MSGL, which is essentially just a renamed Mk14 Mod0 MSGL. The Marines like to have their own names/designations for weapons systems. Anyway, the M32A1 MSGL is a pretty nasty little piece of 40mm business and is the perfect light support weapon accoutrement for any Special Operations Forces (SOF) team in need of some mobile, manpackable force multiplication. This little high-order honey gets the DR thumbs up for blowing up enemy threats in highly dynamic infantry combat environments.
It will be interesting to see how the Milkor USA M32A1 MSGL and ATK XM25 (soon to become the ATK M25) 25mm Individual Airburst Weapon System (IAWS) semi-auto airburst grenade launcher stack up against each other in actual combat scenarios, particularly in urban warfare environments.
In the meantime, here’s the M32A1 MSGL 40mm live fire demo video DR shot at the NDIA Infantry Small Arms Systems Symposium 2011 Range Day shoot:
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