M203/M203A1 Grenade Launcher

M203/M203A1 Grenade Launcher
M203 mounted on M-4 Carbine

Mission
Deter and, if necessary, compel adversaries by enabling individuals and small units to engage targets with accurate, lethal grenade fire.

Entered Army Service
early 1970s

Description and Specifications
The M203 grenade launcher is a single-shot weapon designed for use with the M16 series rifle and fires a 40mm grenade. The M203A1 grenade launcher is a single-shot weapon designed for use with the M4 series carbine and also fires a 40mm grenade. Both have a leaf sight and quadrant site. The M203 is also being used as the delivery system for a growing array of less-than-lethal munitions.

The M203 grenade launcher is a single-shot weapon designed for use with the M16 series rifle and fires a 40mm grenade. The M203A1 grenade launcher is a single-shot weapon designed for use with the M4 series carbine and also fires a 40mm grenade. Both have a leaf sight and quadrant site. The M203 is also being used as the delivery system for a growing array of less-than-lethal munitions.

  Weight: 3 lbs (empty); 3.6 lbs (loaded)
  Overall length: 15"
  Barrel length: 12"
  Ammunition type: CN/CS/OC tear gas rounds, smoke, non-lethal projectiles, signal and practice rounds as well as standard 40mm rounds.
  Effective range: approximately 350 yards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manufacturer
Colt Manufacturing

Point of Contact
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
Media Relations Division
1500 Army Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310-1500
703.697.7592 / 7591

 

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