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Milkor MGL Y2


Six-Shot 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (1983)


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The Milkor 40mm MGL began the line of successful military-grade automatic grenade launchers for the South African concern.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/10/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
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.

Specifications



Service Year
1983

Origin
South Africa national flag graphic
South Africa

Classification


Six-Shot 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher


Milkor Pty Ltd - South Africa
National flag of Bangladesh National flag of Brazil National flag of Colombia National flag of Croatia National flag of Denmark National flag of Georgia National flag of India National flag of Indonesia National flag of Jordan National flag of Malaysia National flag of Pakistan National flag of the Philippines National flag of South Africa National flag of South Korea National flag of Sweden National flag of Taiwan National flag of Thailand National flag of Turkey National flag of the United States National flag of Vietnam 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)
Fire Support
Capable of suppressing enemy elements at range through direct or in-direct fire.


Overall Length
778 mm
30.63 in
Barrel Length
300 mm
11.81 in
Empty Wgt
11.68 lb
5.30 kg
Sights


Iron; Optional Optics.


Action


Semi-Automatic; Six-Shot Revolving Cylinder

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.
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Caliber(s)*


40mm

Rounds / Feed


Six-Shot Rotating 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
2,600 ft
(792 m | 867 yd)
Rate-of-Fire
90
rds/min
Muzzle Velocity
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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