by David Crane
On June 20, 2005, DefenseReview broke the story on the U.S.-made Milkor USA MGL-140 multi-shot grenade launcher (6-shot MGL), after we handled it at International SOF Week /APBI (Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry) 2005 in Tampa, FL (To our knowledge, we were the first to report on it and show pictures of it.). The article was titled New Milkor USA MGL-140/MEI Hyper-Lethal 40mm Combo/Weapon System for Infantry. At the show, we also got the chance to view and handle Martin Electronics, Inc.’s (MEI) special-purpose 40mm ammo (HELLHOUND, DRAGO, and HUNTIR rounds), and discussed those in the article, as well. Although we didn’t get to actually test-fire the MGL-140 at the event, we were confident it would work as advertised, based on the fact that it was simply a modification of the most battle-proven multiple grenade launcher (MGL)/multi-shot grenade launcher in the world, the Milkor MGL Mk-1S/Mk-1L series, which we originally reported on in January, 2002.
testing the MGL-140 (made by Milkor USA, Inc.) for possible adoption/procurement. Then, within the last several months (I can’t remember, exactly), we received information that the U.S. Marine Corps had just agreed to purchase an updated/product-improved/further-developed version of the Milkor USA MGL-140 developed to the USMC’s specific requirements.
The Marines have designated the new weapon the M32 Multiple shot Grenade Launcher (M32 MGL, or M32 MSGL). Milkor USA, Inc. also manufactures the M32 MGL right here in the U.S. According to Jane’s Defence Weekly (January 11, 2006), the U.S. Marine Corps has purchased approx 9,000 units of the new (updated/upgraded) weapon system. Milkor USA, Inc. could not confirm this number. However, they did confirm that an unspecified number of of M32 MGL 40mm multiple grenade launchers was purchased by the USMC.
Now, we’ve been a little busy over here, so we hadn’t yet gotten around to reporting on all this, yet, when Marine Corps News recently beat us to the punch. On March 09, 2006, Marine Corp News published an article on the the Milkor USA M-32 MGL, titled Marines carry six-pack attack. The article’s written by Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva, and it’s definitely worth reading. The article also contains lots of great photos of the weapon being handled and fired by Marines.
If you’d like more information on the M32 Multiple-shot Grenade Launcher (M32 MGL, or M32 MSGL), Milkor USA, Inc. can be contacted by phone at 817-917-1477, by fax at 877-844-5671, and by email at [email protected]. Ask for Richard Solberg.
Click here to view the Milkor USA MGL-140 multi-shot grenade launcher fact sheet/spec sheet. As we’ve reported, the new M-32 MGL is an upgraded/product-improved version of the MGL-140, made to U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) requirements/specifications.
Blackfive has republished the Marine Corps New article, and titled their version Marines Fight With "Six Packs".