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Brügger & Thomet GL-06



Overview


GL-06

GL-06 stand alone grenade launcher with Aimpoint Micro T-1 reddot sight.
Source: Brügger & Thomet - © copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Switzerland
Type
Grenade launcher
Entered service
2000's
Status
In service
Development
1990's
Developer
Switzerland - Brügger & Thomet
Production
2000's - present
Producer
Switzerland - Brügger & Thomet
Designations
LL-06
Marketing name for less lethal package
LBD40 / Lanceur Balle de Défense 40mm
French service
Notable users
Switzerland
France
Spain

Description


Introduction

The GL-06 is a standalone grenade launcher of Swiss origin. It was developed in the early 2000's by Brügger & Thomet to meet a market demand for a lightweight grenade launcher for the less lethal role. The GL-06 is a dedicated standalone grenade launcher and not a conversion of an under barrel grenade launcher.

Design

The GL-06 has a similar layout as the popular HK 69 grenade launcher. The GL-06 is a single shot breech loaded grenade launcher with a break open barrel that swivels forwards. The barrel is unlocked by an ambidextrous button in front of the double action trigger. An UMP-type stock is fitted and the top and frame are fitted with Picatinny accessory rails. Ghost ring iron sights are fitted for direct fire and optics can be installed on the top accessory rails. Most of the body is made of polymer and normally comes in black although bright yellow is also available.

Firepower

The GL-06 fires standard 40x46mm NATO low velocity rounds. It comes with its own lineup of non-lethal ammunition but can fire any type of lethal or non-lethal ammunition. The GL-06 is mainly created for direct fire and a ladder sight for indirect fire is not standard. The maximum effective range is 300 meters, which is less than the usual 400 meters for 40x46mm grenade launchers. Direct fire range is 100 to 150 meters.

Users

The GL-06 and its bright yellow LL-06 variant are available for law enforcement sales and are believed to be in use with several European police forces.

Details


GL-06

Left side view of GL-06 grenade launcher with Aimpoint Micro TL.
Source: Br?gger & Thomet - © Copyright lies with original owner

Variants of the GL-06

The GL-06 is a stand alone grenade launcher that comes only in one version. A variety of optics and accessories can be installed.

The LL-06 is similar to the GL-06 but comes in bright yellow and is marketed solely with less lethal ammunition. Even though it is able to fire any type of 40x46mm ammunition. The bright yellow color makes the LL-06 look less threatening.

Facts GL-06
General
Origin
Switzerland
Type
Grenade launcher
Caliber
Caliber
40x46mm NATO
Feed system
Single shot, break open
Barrel length
280 mm
Rifling
12 grooves, 1.2 m right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
74 - 85 m/s
Operation
Action
Breech loaded, break open, double action trigger
Fire selector
0 - 1
Rate of fire
Single shot
Dimensions
Stock type
Side folding stock
Length
597 mm stock extended
378 mm stock folded
Width
60 mm stock extended
95 mm stock folded
Height
200 mm without optics
Weight
2.15 kg empty including Aimpoint Micro TL
Sights
Mechanical
Iron sights, post front and ghost ring rear
Sight radius
339 mm
Optics
Optional optics on Picatinny accessory rail
Aimpoint Micro TL is standard offering

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