MANUFACTURER(S): Defcom LLC - USA
ACTION: Breech-Loading; Double-Action
LENGTH (OVERALL): 324 millimeters (12.76 inches)
LENGTH (BARREL): 229 millimeters (9.02 inches)
WEIGHT (UNLOADED): 1.30 pounds (0.59 kilograms)
RATE-OF-FIRE: 6 rounds-per-minute
Detailing the development and operational history of the Defcom XL200 Single-Shot 40mm Underslung Grenade Launcher.
Entry last updated on 8/16/2018.
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Defcom LLC of Commerce, Michigan, USA has developed the XL200 40mm rail-mounted grenade launcher as an alternative to the long-running M203 40mm underslung system and the newer Heckler & Koch HK 320 grenade launchers. The XL200 complies with current standard Mil Spec 1913 Picatinny and STANAG 4694 NATO rail systems for its connection to the forends of modern assault rifles or automatic carbines. A special stand-alone body known as the "XL220" allows the XL200 launcher tube and action to be supported by a rifle-style body system complete with rail sections for accessories, an integral pistol grip and folding twin-strut metal stock.
The XL200 has an overall weight of 1.3 lbs and an overall length of 12.75 inches with a barrel measuring just 9 inches long. Per Defcom marketing material, the barrel is rifled to US military specs. The launch tube is shrouded by a heavily-ribbed polymer cover providing a very firm forward grip while the system of operation relies on a double-action trigger. The integral trigger is enclosed by a thin protective ring with the host rifle's magazine to be used as the XL200's pistol grip. An ambidextrous lever control allows for a safety and free-fire function. As with the M203 series, the XL200 fires the standard 40x46mm low-velocity grenade of which several warheads/payloads are readily available. Also as in the M203, the XL200 is restricted to single-round firing due to the size of the 40mm grenade round. The XL200 system is attached to the underside of a host weapon along two points featuring American Defense locking levers for quick release/install by the operator. Loading and reloading of the weapon is accomplished by simply sliding the tube body forward and tilting the assembly downwards to expose the breech. The breech face if of high quality titanium for repeat use. Grenade projectiles are then loaded in the usual way and the breech closed prior to firing. Spent casings are ejected manually prior to reloading. The XL200 is cleared to fire all currently supported US military and NATO-standard 40mm low-velocity grenade rounds. Compared to the M203 series, the XL200 is billed as lighter (by as much as 40%) and shorter while utilizing fewer parts for easier maintenance and repair.
Currently, Defcom LLC markets two body finishes for the their XL200 - one in matte black finish and another in a desert sand finish. Defcom also markets another fully-standalone grenade launcher in the XL79 - a modernized form of the Vietnam-era M79 with integral pistol grip (with oversized trigger loop), skeletal shoulder stock and over/under accessories rail furniture. This is a break-action weapon as in the M79 and features a flip-up type sighting device.
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