*NOTE: Apologies for the sound issues, Vic had problems with his mic during filming and had to overdub*
Before the now-famous M203 came the XM148, developed by Colt to fulfil the US Army’s requirement for an underbarrel grenade launcher for the M16. Over 20,000 were made but, as Vic explains, a number of problems with the XM148 were found during extensive troop trials in Vietnam.
Accompanying Vic’s video, Matt has written a in-depth accompanying blog on the Colt CGL-4 / XM148, over at: https://armourersbench.com
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.