Infantry weapons / Grenade launchers / IWI GL 40

IWI GL 40

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Under barrel grenade launcher

  • ORIGIN
    Israel

  • NICKNAMES
    -

  • DESIGNED
    Late 2000's

  • DESIGNER
    IWI

  • PRODUCTION
    2012 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Israel - IWI

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Limited weight
    Double action trigger
    Fires rounds of any length
    Standard and short models available
    Quick detachable
    Lacks integrated optics
    Single shot, limited rate of fire

Introduction

The GL 40 is a modern grenade launcher of Israeli origin. IWI developed it in the late 2000's as a more modern alternative to the M203 grenade launcher for both domestic use and for export sales. The M203 proved somewhat difficult to integrate properly with the bullpup Tavor rifle and is considered an outdated design by today's standards.

Design

The GL 40 incorporates many design features of modern grenade launchers, such as the extensive use of polymer to reduce weigth, a sideways opening barrel to allow loading of shells of any length and improved ergonomics and a double action trigger. The standalone model features a folding or telescopic stock. The under barrel models are quick detachable since they use a Picatinny interface.

Firepower

The GL 40 is a single shot weapon that fires NATO standard 40x46mm low velocity grenades. Besides high explosive fragmentation rounds there is a wide selection of other types of rounds available. As the barrel opens sideways rounds of any length can be loaded. The effective range against point targets is 150 meters. Area targets can be engaged out to 400 meters, or 300 meters for the short barrel models.

Users

The GL 40 is evaluated by Israeli forces and possibly is already in use. The GL 40 is also aimed at the export market. It is offered alongside the Galil ACE and X-95 rifles, but can also be mounted on other types of rifles and standalone models are available.

Variants

GL 40 standalone

The GL 40 is available as standalone grenade launcher and as an under barrel grenade launcher for use on rifles. The standalone model also differs from the under barrel models in lacking a mounting system on top. Instead it features a Picatinny rail for mounting optics.

GL 40: Baseline full size model of the standalone GL 40. Different types of buttstocks can be fitted.
GL 40 Short: Model with shorter barrel and reduced maximum range of 300 meters.

TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward and side opening barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length229 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 1.219 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
StockRetractable
Length615 mm / 531 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.94 kg empty without sights
SightsPicatinny rail on top for mounting optics
Remarks-

ACE GL 40

ACE GL 40: Standard full size model for use as under barrel grenade launcher on the Galil ACE. Can also be used on other rifles with Picatinny rail on the bottom of the forearm.
ACE GL 40 Short : Model with shorter barrel and reduced maximum range of 300 meters.

TypeUnder barrel grenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward and side opening barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length303 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 1.219 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length414 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.4 kg empty without sights
Sights-
Remarks-
TypeUnder barrel grenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward and side opening barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length229 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 1.219 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length340 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.34 kg empty without sights
Sights-
Remarks-

X-95 GL 40

X-95 GL 40: Full size model of the GL 40 under barrel grenade launcher. This model is specifically tailored to the X-95 bullpup assault rifle. It features a pistol grip that fits the contours of the X-95 rifle.
X-95 GL 40 Short: Model with shorter barrel and reduced maximum range of 300 meters.

TypeUnder barrel grenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward and side opening barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length303 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 1.219 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length413 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.3 kg empty without sights
Sights-
Remarks-
TypeUnder barrel grenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, forward and side opening barrel
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length229 mm
Rifling6 grooves, 1.219 mm right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length339 mm
Width?
Height?
Weight1.24 kg empty without sights
Sights-
Remarks-

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