Object Title

Centrefire breech-loading grenade launcher - M203

Centrefire breech-loading grenade launcher - M203

Object Number

PR.10129

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

Standard M203 under barrel grenade launcher including the corresponding substitute upper handguard with flip-up 'leaf' pattern auxiliary sights. A set of quadrant sights with side-folding front post and rear aperture is affixed to the carrying handle. The latter is adjusted by pulling back a spring-loaded block on the side of the unit, allowing the sights to pivot up and down, the desired range being read off on the inscribed quadrant plate. Fitted to M16A1 rifle PR.5446.

Techniques

Forging, Phosphating, Machining

Dimensions

BarrelLength12 in
BarrelLength306 mm
OverallLength15.4 in.
OverallLength392 mm
OverallWeight5 kg
OverallWeight11 lbs

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 152156

Calibre

40 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
COLT'S INC HARTFORD CONN. U.S.A. LAUNCHER, GRENADE 40 MM : M203 S/N 152156 USA
Grenade launcher receiver, left side
Stamping

Associations

Places USA