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RG-6 (6G39)


40mm Six-Shot Grenade Launcher (1994)


Infantry Small Arms / The Warfighter

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The RG-6 was introduced with Russian forces in 1994 and has already seen considerable combat service.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/11/2017 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
With the growing need to fight more urban environment battles, the Russian military adopted the capable, 40mm multi-shot "RG-6" grenade launcher (GRAU designation of "6G30") in 1994. The weapon has since seen issue to Ministry of Internal Affairs elements as well with combat action centering on both Chechen Wars and current, on-going military operations in the south of Russia. Design of the weapon is attributed to TsKIB SOO and production is ongoing as of this writing (February 2014).

At its core, the RG-6 is a semi-automatic weapon chambered for the special caseless 40mm VOG-25 series grenade - the same as featured in the standard-issue GL-25 underslung assault rifle launcher (detailed elsewhere on this site). The RG-6 sports a Double-Action Only (DAO) trigger set with enlarged loop to support a gloved hand and can sustain a rate-of-fire up to 18 rounds per minute. Grenades are housed in a six-shot rotating cylinder which swings out for reloading. Unlike Western repeat-fire grenade launchers (which load through the breech end) , the RG-6 is loaded through the muzzle end of the cylinder chambers. A spring used to rotate the cylinder is then manually wound prior to firing. Another unique facet of the cylinder's design is that each chamber is rifled and the barrel left as smoothbore. Thusly, the chambers themselves impart the necessary rotation upon the exiting projectile (as opposed to the barrel).
Despite its size, the unit's weight is a manageable 13.5lbs. The operator supports the weapon through a traditional pistol grip aft of the cylinder and a vertical foregrip forward of the cylinder with a telescoping stock (padded) held to the shoulder. The stock collapses into the tubular frame seen above the cylinder. The weapon fires a grenade at a muzzle velocity of 250 feet per second out to a range of 1,300 feet. Sighting is through a collapsible ladder-type assembly. Other features include a manual safety and several built-in mechanisms to prevent accidental discharge.

As can be expected with a weapon of this type, it can fire various ammunition types - from High-Explosive (HE), FRAGmentation (FRAG) and smoke to less-than-lethal rounds for crowd control (CS Gas and Baton). Grenades are fuse-armed with explosive warheads and integrated propellant supplies while weighing a little over 1lb.

Specifications



Service Year
1994

Origin
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Russia

Classification


40mm Six-Shot Grenade Launcher


TsKIB SOO - Russia
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.
Special Purpose
Special purpose weapon for a specially defined battlefield role.


Overall Length
690 mm
27.17 in
Empty Wgt
13.67 lb
6.20 kg
Sights


Iron


Action


semi-automatic; repeat-fire

Semi-Automatic
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


40mm VOG-25

Rounds / Feed


6-Round Revolving Cylinder
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
1,000 ft
(305 m | 333 yd)
Rate-of-Fire
18
rds/min
Muzzle Velocity
250 ft/sec
(76 m/sec)


RG-6 - Base Series Designation


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