The privately-owned firearms concern of Milkor Pty Ltd of South Africa has made a living on its line of excellent 40mm grenade launchers. Indeed, its Mr. Andries C. Piek is recognized as the "Faher" of the original Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL), a line that began in the early 1980s and embodied by the MGL Y2. The MGL Y2 went on to be adopted by the army of South Africa (and others) and has since provided years of reliable service in-the-field under various rigors. While modernized in various forms such as the "SuperSix", theMGL Y2 remains the beginning of the line.
The MGL Y2 adopted an assault weapon-style arrangement utilizing an integrated pistol grip and adjustable shoulder stock support system. The magazine was akin to that of the classic Old West Colt firearms as it rotated along an axis, introducing each of the six chambers to the firing action. The barrel was affixed ahead of the design in the traditional way. The receiver allowed for optics to be mounted, broadening the tactical capabilities of the weapon (beyond the standard iron sights). It was cleared to fire various lethal and non-lethal 40mm grenade munitions and thusly was favored by groups beyond military types.
Dimensions of the system included an overall length of 30.6 inches, a barrel length of 11.8 inches and an empty weight of 11.68lbs. The action was of semi-automatic with use of the six-shot cylinder, allowing the operator to clear the cylinder within seconds if need be. Muzzle velocity was rated at 250 feet per second with a rate-of-fire of 90 rounds per minute listed.
The original production mark was the MGL Y2 of 1983. This was then followed by the Second Generation mark in the MGL Mk 1 of 1996.
Bangladesh; Brazil; Colombia; Croatia; Denmark; Georgia; India; Indonesia; Jordan; Malaysia; Pakistan; Philippines; South Africa; South Korea; Sweden; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey; United States (M32); Vietnam
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.
778 mm 30.63 in
300 mm 11.81 in
11.68 lb 5.30 kg
Iron; Optional Optics.
Semi-Automatic; Six-Shot Revolving Cylinder
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.
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Rounds / Feed
Six-Shot Rotating Cylinder
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2,600 ft (792 m | 867 yd)
250 ft/sec (76 m/sec)
MGL Y2 - Base Series Designation; model of 1983
MGL Mk 1 - Second-Generation Model of 1996
M32 - United States Army designation
RBG-6 - Croatian Army designation
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