Infantry weapons / Grenade launchers / FN EGLM

FN EGLM

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Under barrel grenade launcher

  • ORIGIN
    Belgium

  • NICKNAMES
    FN40GL (SCAR version)
    GL1 (F2000 version)
    Mk 13 (US designation for FN40GL)

  • DESIGNED
    Late 1990's

  • DESIGNER
    Fabrique Nationale

  • PRODUCTION
    2001 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Belgium - Fabrique Nationale

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited weight
    Double action trigger
    Ergonomic design
    Integration with computer sight (F2000 model)
    Cumbersome
    Wraps around magazine (SCAR model)
    Unable to fire long grenades
    Limited rate of fire

Introduction

The EGLM is a grenade launcher of Belgian origin. It was developed in the late 1990's by Fabrique Nationale as the GL1 for use on the F2000 assault rifle. The design was later modified for as the FN40GL the SCAR assault rifle. EGLM stands for Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module and originates from the US requirement for a new grenade launcher for use on the new assault rifle for use with the US special operations command. EGLM is a common, but officially wrong, denominatior for both the GL1 and FN40GL grenade launchers.

Design

The GL1 is a single shot breech loaded grenade launcher that functions in a similar way as the M203. The exterior is made up of high strength plastics and a double action trigger mechanism is fitted. The GL1 can be used with conventional ladder sights or a computer sight integrated in the large F2000 sight unit. The FN40GL is a modified version of the GL1 for use on the SCAR assault rifle. Mechanically the FN40GL is similar to the GL1. Since the SCAR has a conventional design the FN40GL must span a longer distance for the trigger to be accessable and therefore the FN40GL envelopes the magazine well.

Firepower

Both GL1 and FN40GL fire NATO standard 40x46mm low velocity grenades. Increased velocity long range grenades are being developed. The EGLM is single shot and can be used out to 400 meters. When the computer sight is used accuracy is improved and the aiming process is shorter. The maximum rate of fire is about 6 rounds per minute.

Users

The GL1 can only be fitted to the F2000 assault rifle and is used in varying quantities by most F2000 operators. Saudi Arabia currently is the major user, but also in Slovenia and Belgium the GL1 is the standard grenade launcher. The FN40GL is less common and only the USA uses it in quantity. Since both F2000 and SCAR are likely to receive various future sales the EGLM is will remain in production for many years to come.

Variants

GL1

The GL1 is the original version of the EGLM grenade launcher. It was developed for use on the bullpup F2000 assault rifle. The trigger can be reached without the need of replacing the right hand. The GL1 is installed instead of the normal tripple rail handguard below the rifle. A ladder sight can be fitted or a computer sight within the F2000 sight unit can be used.

  • Specifications:
  • GL1
TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward sliding barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length230 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity76 m/s
Stock-
Length?
Width?
Height?
Weight1.1 kg empty
SightsIron sights, optional computer sight
Remarks-

FN40GL

The FN40GL is a modified version of the GL1 that was developed for use on the SCAR assault rifle. Both SCAR-L and SCAR-H can be fitted with the FN40GL. Since the SCAR has a conventional design the FN40GL had to be longer in order for the trigger to be positioned below the trigger of the assault rifle. Therefore the magazines are inserted through the FN40GL, which complicates magazine change a little. The FN40GL is available in tan and grey.

TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward sliding barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length230 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity76 m/s
Stock-
Length303 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.35 kg empty
SightsIron sights, optional computer sight
Remarks-

FN40GL standalone

The FN40GL can also be used as a stand alone weapon with the use of an adapter and different trigger unit. The adapter consists of a frame, retractable shoulder stock and pistol grip. Picatinny rails allow accessories to be fitted.

TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward sliding barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length230 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity76 m/s
StockRetractable
Length673 mm / 514 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight2.92 kg empty
SightsIron sights, optional computer sight
Remarks-

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