Writing about Army life during the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Firing the M203 Grenade Launcher
Continuing with my Heaven in Camo weekend, this morning I got to fire a half dozen rounds from an M203 Grenade Launcher--the standard grenade launcher for all army units. M203 is the designation for the entire weapon. The grenade launcher itself is the 12-inch tube underneath the barrel of the rifle or carbine it is attached to.
The weapon fires 40mm grenades and loads like a shotgun. We fired dummy rounds. The live rounds are high explosive and have a kill radius of 5 meters so you don't have to make a direct hit to be effective.