Infantry weapons / Grenade launchers / 40GL

40GL

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Grenade launcher

  • ORIGIN
    Singapore

  • NICKNAMES
    GLF-40 (Italian production)

  • DESIGNED
    1980's

  • DESIGNER
    Chartered Industries of Singapore

  • PRODUCTION
    1980's - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Italy - Franchi
    Singapore - ST Kinetics

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited weight
    Able to load any 40mm round
    Difficult to mount under a rifle
    Cumbersome due to long fixed stock
    Limited rate of fire

Introduction

The 40GL is a late Cold War era grenade launcher of Singapore origin. It was developed in the 1980's by CIS for use by the Singapore military and for export sales. The name 40GL stands for 40mm Grenade Launcher. At the time of development it was one of the lightest stand alone grenade launchers and was the first to open sideways.

Design

The 40GL is a stand alone single shot grenade launcher. It features a rifled barrel, pistol grip and tubular shoulder stock. When the charging lever is depressed the barrel can be opened sideways to load a grenade. When the barrel is swung back its locks again and the grenade can be fired.

Firepower

The 40GL is a single shot weapon that fires 40x46mm low velocity grenades. Besides the standard high explosive fragmentation rounds there is a wide selection of other rounds available. As the barrel opens sideways rounds of any length can be loaded. The rate of fire is about 6 rounds per minute. The effective range against point targets is 150 m. Area targets can be engaged out to 400 m.

Users

The first user of the 40GL was Singapore. Since then it has been widely exported. Recently Italy acquired the 40GL and it is produced under license in Italy.

Variants

40GL

40GL: The 40GL is a single shot 40mm grenade launcher. It was developed as a stand alone weapon, but with removing the stock and adding a mounting bracket it can also be used as an under barrel grenade launcher on various types of assault rifles.

  • Specifications:
  • 40GL
TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loading, side opening barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length305 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity76 m/s
StockFixed, removed for under barrel use
Length655 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.35 kg (with stock), 1.95 kg (without stock)
SightsIron sights, ladder rearsight, 50 to 400 m gradation
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