Infantry weapons / Grenade launchers / Heckler & Koch HK 69

Heckler & Koch HK 69

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Grenade launcher

  • ORIGIN
    Germany

  • NICKNAMES
    GL-40/90 (Italian production)
    Granatpistole (German nickname)
    Kranaattipistooli 2002 / 40 KRPIST 2002 (Finnish military designation)
    L104A1 (UK military designation)

  • DESIGNED
    1972 - late 1970's

  • DESIGNER
    Heckler & Koch

  • PRODUCTION
    1979 - 2010's

  • PRODUCERS
    Germany - Heckler & Koch
    Italy - Franchi

  • QUANTITY
    Unknown

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Good accuracy
    Fires rounds of any length
    Compact
    Stand alone only
    Limited rate of fire

Introduction

The HK 69 is a grenade launcher of German origin. The HK 69 was developed by Heckler & Koch in the 1970's. It is a standalone grenade launcher for military and law enforcement use. In German service it is also known as Granatpistole or Grapi for short, which is German for grenade pistol. A version for law enforcement use is called the MZP-1. This stands for Mehrzweckpistole 1

Design

The HK 69 is derived from the HK 79 under barrel grenade launcher, which was developed for use on the Heckler & Koch G3 battle rifle. The HK 69 has a pistol like appearance. The metal frame connects the steel barrel, pistol grip, rear sight and retractable shoulder stock. The rifled barrel is hinged at the front and flips forward for reloading. The standard HK 69 is meant for military use and has a ladder sight for indirect fire. The MZP-1 law enforcement model only has a flip up sight for direct fire.

Firepower

The HK 69 is a single shot weapon that fires 40x46mm low velocity grenades. Besides the standard high explosive fragmentation rounds a wide selection of other rounds available. As the barrel hinges forwards rounds of any length can be loaded. The rate of fire is about 6 rounds per minute. The maximum effective range of the MZP-1 is 150 meters. The HK 69 can be used up to 150 meters for point targets and 400 meters for area targets.

Users

The HK 69 is used by various nations around the world, but is mostly found in Europe. The MZP-1 is very common for law enforcement in Western nations and is often by used during riots.

Variants

HK 69A1

HK 69A1: Stand alone breech loaded 40mm grenade launcher. The HK 69A1 is the military model that can be identified by the ladder sight for indirect fire.
MZP-1: Law enforcement model that lacks the ladder sight for indirect fire. The MZP-1 is also available in 37mm.

TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, break open
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length356 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity76 m/s
StockRetractable
Length683 mm / 463 mm
Width55 mm
Height205 mm
Weight2.62 kg
SightsIron sights, barleycorn front and ladder rear, 50 to 350 m gradation, 342 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypeGrenade launcher
Caliber40x46mm NATO or 37mm
MagazineSingle shot
OperationBreech loaded, break open
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSingle shot
Barrel length356 mm
Rifling?
Muzzle velocity76 m/s
StockRetractable
Length683 mm / 463 mm
Width55 mm
Height205 mm
Weight2.52 kg
SightsIron sights, barleycorn front and flip up rear, 50 to 150 m gradation
Remarks-

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