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Marines carry six-pack attack (WOW!! Now that's a 6-PAK!)
Marine Corps News ^ | Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva

Posted on 03/10/2006 4:09:18 PM PST by SandRat

CAMP MERCURY, Iraq (March 9, 2006) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to want one.

Marines with Regimental Combat Team 5, based in Camp Fallujah, test-fired the latest in the Corps’ arsenal of weapons’ improvement, the M-32 Multiple shot Grenade Launcher. It’s a six-barreled, 40 mm beast of weapon that has just about enough attitude for Marines.

“I thought it was pretty bad the first time I saw it,” said Cpl. Jason H. Flanery, a 23-year-old mortarman from St. Louis, Mo., assigned to RCT-5’s Personnel Security Detachment.

The M-32 MGL looks like something straight out of an action movie or a weapon ginned up by designers of futuristic video combat games. It’s a bare-bones, shoulder-fired weapon with a bulging six-barreled cylinder. There’s no bones about it. This thing’s all business when the trade is knocking out bad-guys at a distance.

“You can put six rounds on target in under three seconds,” Flanery said. “I thought this thing was sick.”

Sick might be right for the insurgent on the other end of the sight. The M-32 MGL is step up from the M-203 grenade launcher Marines have used since post-Vietnam days. It fires similar 40 mm grenades and at similar distances. It just puts more rounds on the bad guys faster.

“The ‘203 has been around since the ‘60s,” explained CWO4 Gene A. Bridgman, the regiment’s gunner, or weapons expert. “It keeps improving. This is a progression in the weapons system.”

Flanery put the comparison of the two similar weapons in more simple terms.

“It makes it obsolete,” he said. “It’s that much better.”

The idea to bring M-32 was the brainchild of Marine gunners across the Corps, explained Bridgman, a 43-year-old from Garden City, Kan. During an annual symposium, they decided an improvement was needed over the M-203. One option was to bring back a rifle-grenade. The M-32, won out, however, and now each Marine battalion will field them as an experimental weapon.

Bridgman added the M-32 isn’t a new idea altogether, though. Brazilian, Italian and South African military have carried them in the field for years. Marines, though, took it one step further.

A fore-grip was added and a scope was mounted to the top, eliminating the old leaf sights like that of the M-203. The scope allows a Marine to follow the grenade to the target and immediately adjust and follow up with a lethal volley of indirect fire.

“The ‘203 was on shot at time,” Bridgman said. “The ‘203 became a signal weapon. This is more of an offensive weapon. With this, you shoot, adjust and fire for effect.”

The average Marine said it’s just about that easy to shoot. Lance Cpl. Alexandro R. Raymundo, a 20-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., isn’t an infantryman. He’s a network administrator by trade. He shot the M-203 before during initial training, but this was his first time picking up the M-32 MGL.

“I thought it might be like the ‘203,” Raymundo said. “But is shoots more rounds, faster. It’s really simple. I had ‘hands-on’ once. I picked it up really quickly.”

As far as how it felt shooting it, Raymundo said the weapon was about as beefy as it looks.

“I felt like there’s more recoil than the ‘203 and the trigger’s a lot heavier” he explained. “It’s heftier than the ‘203.”

His likes about the weapon included the small scope added to the rail-mount system on top of the weapon.

“The optic was nice,” he added. “It’s a lot easier to sight in.”

Of course, there’s the part about lots of things going “boom” downrange too.

“My favorite part was being able to fire out so many grenades and not have to reload between each shot.”

Sgt. David G. Redford, a 35-year-old from Kennebunkport, Me., has more practical experience when it comes to what grunts like in the field. He’s an infantryman by trade and has logged in his own hours carrying the M-203.

“I didn’t know what to think about it before we came out here, but it’s nice,” Redford said. “It’s easier to shoot. You don’t have to constantly load. If you run into something, you’re already loaded.”

Redford predicted that most infantry Marines will welcome the addition of the six-pack attack weapon.

That’s exactly the reaction Bridgman wants to see. Adding the M-32 MGL could realign the way Marines operate at the small-team level. Fire teams could become more lethal, more mobile and more independent. The idea of a dedicated grenadier might just be reborn.

“Now you have your own indirect fire support right in the fire team,” Bridgman explained. “You have someone who can lay down (high explosive rounds) against someone in a trench. It would be used against enemy in fighting holes or behind cars, because of the indirect nature of the weapon. It’s the only weapon aside from mortars,” at the small team’s disposal.

Still, Bridgman stressed the weapon is only experimental. Marines will be gathering data about its’ effectiveness and durability from experiences on the streets of Fallujah.

For Flanery, though, the M-32 is already welcome.

“I think it’s one of the most simple and effective weapons systems,” he said. “I just want buckshot rounds.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: attack; bloop; carry; grenade; launcher; marines; sixpack
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Staff Sgt. James C. Sanchez aims in with the M-32 Multiple shot Grenade Launcher, an experimental six-barreled weapn that can deliver six 40 mm grenades in under three seconds. Marines are fielding the new rapid-fire weapon to troops to boost small-team capabilities to deliver greater indirect firepower.

Photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva
1 posted on 03/10/2006 4:09:22 PM PST by SandRat
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To: SandRat

Cool! Where can I get one?


2 posted on 03/10/2006 4:10:21 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; 80 Square Miles; A Ruckus of Dogs; acad1228; AirForceMom; ..

Marine Street Sweeper!!

I WANT ONE!!!! What a Great Duck Hunting Gun! Oops! Sorry Darkwing.


3 posted on 03/10/2006 4:11:09 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

Now that'll keep the gophers out of my front yard!


4 posted on 03/10/2006 4:13:00 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (DO NOT read to the end of this tagline . . . Oh, $#@%^, there you went and did it.)
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To: humblegunner; Eaker

ping


5 posted on 03/10/2006 4:13:42 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SandRat
Good thing Dick Cheney wasn't wielding one of those.
6 posted on 03/10/2006 4:13:47 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!!)
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To: SandRat

Judging from the pic it doesn't have 6 barrels, it has only one. It has a 6-chambered revolving cylinder.

It looks like a nice, sturdy weapon all the same, though.


7 posted on 03/10/2006 4:16:14 PM PST by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: SandRat

Jeez,I feel like a dinosaur.I liked the old M79,considered it to be a deadly and effective weapon.


8 posted on 03/10/2006 4:17:27 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: SandRat
(WOW!! Now that's a 6-PAK!)

Hmmphft. Talk about a let-down. That's not exactly what I was expecting.




9 posted on 03/10/2006 4:19:14 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: SandRat; adam_az; American in Israel; Ancesthntr; aragorn; archy; Badray; buccaneer81; cc2k; ...

Oh, YEAH!!!


10 posted on 03/10/2006 4:19:42 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: SandRat

[Homer Simpson drool...]


11 posted on 03/10/2006 4:19:55 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: SandRat

An independent infantry unit needs organic indirect fire. In 1941-45 it was rifle grenades. This weapon looks good as far as I can see.

Usual doubts, though - extreme heat, cold, dust, sand, mud, etc., broken springs, etc. Put one into the wave breaking area of a sand beach overnight and see if it works without a detail strip.


12 posted on 03/10/2006 4:20:25 PM PST by Iris7 (Dare to be pigheaded! Stubborn! "Tolerance" is not a virtue!)
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To: Nita Nupress

My "oh yeah," it must be noted, was directed at the GUN, not the GUYs.


13 posted on 03/10/2006 4:21:09 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: SandRat

Picture looks like a single barrel with a multiple chambered cylinder. Cylinder looks as if it could hold more than six grenades.


14 posted on 03/10/2006 4:22:09 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: Travis McGee

Pretty rough if you even have to say that! LOL!


15 posted on 03/10/2006 4:23:02 PM PST by Toby06
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To: SandRat
I WANT ONE!!!! What a Great Duck Hunting Gun!

You can scratch duck from the menu at Sandrat's, they are going to be having feathers. :)

16 posted on 03/10/2006 4:23:20 PM PST by IamConservative (Who does not trust a man of principle? A man who has none.)
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To: thackney; Eaker
This is more of an offensive weapon. With this, you shoot, adjust and fire for effect.

JOHNNY LIKE!

17 posted on 03/10/2006 4:24:35 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: SandRat

I swear I saw one of these in an old Chuck Norris movie. Really.


18 posted on 03/10/2006 4:25:39 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: IamConservative

OK Commercial Deer Hunting.


19 posted on 03/10/2006 4:25:46 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Nita Nupress

(Hmmpf. Talk about a let-down.)

Me neither. LOL

Altho after I started reading about it, I really got into it. Man oh man. That thing is totally sick.

Cheers - Dinah


20 posted on 03/10/2006 4:27:18 PM PST by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamic jihad one keystroke and one prayer at a time...)
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To: muleskinner

The Octagon.


21 posted on 03/10/2006 4:27:44 PM PST by muleskinner
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To: SandRat; Travis McGee

That'll work. Now, give me 3 of those 6 grenade rounds equipped with proximity sensors.

22 posted on 03/10/2006 4:28:03 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: SandRat
It needs an optional flechette round for Kevlar wearing terrorists.
23 posted on 03/10/2006 4:31:36 PM PST by American Vet Repairman (Liberalism has killed more Americans than the Taliban)
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To: Dinah Lord; Nita Nupress
Ok Just for You


A Marine with 6-PAKS in his Tri-Ceps and Bi-Ceps you can dream about the rest.


24 posted on 03/10/2006 4:33:56 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

I need one. Does it come in other colors?


25 posted on 03/10/2006 4:36:24 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

USMC GRAYGREEN or GREENGRAY


26 posted on 03/10/2006 4:44:04 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: muleskinner
Something like this -



http://world.guns.ru/shotgun/protecta.jpg
27 posted on 03/10/2006 4:45:03 PM PST by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: Billthedrill

USMC Green with a black barrel or black barrel at the end of USMC GREEN


28 posted on 03/10/2006 4:45:32 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: dhs12345
Get one here!
29 posted on 03/10/2006 4:46:14 PM PST by magslinger (Pray for your enemies, It's like taking a B52 to a gun fight.)
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To: Travis McGee

heaheaheahea I WANT ONE!

phoomp phoomp phoomp phoomp phoomp phoomp

bam bam bam bam bam bam


30 posted on 03/10/2006 4:46:42 PM PST by CodeToad
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To: SandRat

I'll take the second one. The first one doesn't go with my outfit.


31 posted on 03/10/2006 4:46:50 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: SandRat
“I think it’s one of the most simple and effective weapons systems,” he said. “I just want buckshot rounds.”


A 40mm sawed off shotgun would have the tendency to clear the ether of a whole lot of bad guys in a really short time. And with a really big boom. Again and again and again....
32 posted on 03/10/2006 4:49:03 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Diplomacy doesn't work when seagulls rain on your parade. A shotgun and umbrella does.)
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To: crazyhorse691

A 40mm sawed-off Shotgun,.....hmmmmmm.... would that be a 3-gauge?


33 posted on 03/10/2006 4:50:19 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Travis McGee

Very neat, compact and sexy...

Hmmm, Six 40mm rounds in 3 seconds...

Has anyone seen how many 81mm rounds a well trained and scared to death M-29 mortar team can put out in 3 seconds?

Just 3, would put far more death and destruction on the target in the same time - and at greater distance, I believe...

The BIG advantage of this neat package is the size, mobility, speed, single grunt operation, shooter is right up front where the threat is and not out of sight behind you, less risk of "friendly fire" deaths and no need for "aiming stake" orientation...

Semper Fi


34 posted on 03/10/2006 4:57:51 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: SandRat
I make it approximately 1.2 Ga.

If you want to check for yourself, first go here then go here.

35 posted on 03/10/2006 5:07:55 PM PST by magslinger (Pray for your enemies, It's like taking a B52 to a gun fight.)
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To: humblegunner

With one of those, humblegunner you will be no more.


36 posted on 03/10/2006 5:09:12 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: magslinger

1.2 Ga with Buckshot or even Birdshot and no Choke. What a pattern spread that'd have.


37 posted on 03/10/2006 5:09:38 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Buckshot, flechette, HE, buckshot, flechette, HE.

Reload.

Now if they could fill those 40MM rounds with willy pete......

L

38 posted on 03/10/2006 5:10:04 PM PST by Lurker (Cuz I got one hand in my pocket and the other one is slapping a hippy.)
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To: SandRat
Oh Yaaasss!!! I want one!
39 posted on 03/10/2006 5:11:53 PM PST by Desron13 (If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
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To: SandRat
I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a M-32, the most powerful grenade launcher in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky?....Well, do ya punk?

40 posted on 03/10/2006 5:12:30 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

LOL!


41 posted on 03/10/2006 5:17:30 PM PST by magslinger (Pray for your enemies, It's like taking a B52 to a gun fight.)
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To: SandRat

I'm not sure I'd want one for hunting, what excuse would you use if you did miss.


42 posted on 03/10/2006 5:19:07 PM PST by magslinger (Pray for your enemies, It's like taking a B52 to a gun fight.)
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To: walford

That's what I was thinking. A revolver with one heck of a bore


43 posted on 03/10/2006 5:21:22 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: magslinger

The Ammo was old, wet, forgotten/lost and the Ammo-Store was closed/didn't carry 1.2 Ga.


44 posted on 03/10/2006 5:22:29 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Much more cowbell:


45 posted on 03/10/2006 5:25:23 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: 1rudeboy
With one of those, humblegunner you will be no more.

I hope that you mean that I'd no longer be humble
instead of that I'd blow m'self up. I've seen a blow-up and it ain't pretty.

46 posted on 03/10/2006 5:53:30 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: SandRat

I just thought this could be a good anti-riot weapon for muzzies protesting about cartoons..

47 posted on 03/10/2006 5:53:58 PM PST by ChristianDefender (There is no such thing as Moderate Islam...)
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To: SandRat

SandRat-

Thanks!

(Is that a pic of you by any chance?)

Cheers - Dinah


48 posted on 03/10/2006 6:02:41 PM PST by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamic jihad one keystroke and one prayer at a time...)
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To: Travis McGee
My "oh yeah," it must be noted, was directed at the GUN, not the GUYs.

Not that there would be anything wrong with that :-D

49 posted on 03/10/2006 6:05:04 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Dinah Lord
I and Mrs. SR wish it were.
50 posted on 03/10/2006 6:06:15 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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