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After the problems with the Colt XM-148 under barrel grenade launcher were discovered in service in Vietnam, the US military was eager to quickly find a better alternative. The idea of replacing the standalone M79 grenade launcher with an under barrel unit was very appealing, and the development program moved quickly. Of seven different designs considered, AAI was the best, and it was adopted as the M203 and put into the field by 1969.
The M203 was a dramatic improvement over the XM148, with much simpler controls and batter handling. It would be made in large quantity (over a quarter million) and used until replaced only recently by the HK 320 launcher.
Many thanks to Movie Armaments Group in Toronto for the opportunity to showcase this M203 for you! Check them out on Instagram to see many of the guns in their extensive collection:
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At Forgotten Weapons I think the most interesting guns out there are the most obscure ones. I try to search out experimental and prototype weapons and show you how they work, in addition to more conventional guns that you may not have heard of before. You’re much more likely to find a video on the Cei Rigotti or Webley-Fosbery here than an AR or Glock. So, do you want to learn about something new today? Then stick around!