There are few automatic weapons, if any, as lethal as the Mark 19. Initially developed during the Vietnam War, the American 40mm belt-fed automatic grenade launcher is a potent automatic weapon that delivers deadly grenades at a rate impossible to ignore or abate. The Mark 19 is a belt-fed, blowback-operated, air-cooled, crew-served, fully automatic weapon that is designed not to cook off.
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It fires 40mm grenades at a cyclic rate of 325 to 375 rounds per minute, giving a practical rate of fire of 60 rounds per minute (rapid) and 40 rounds per minute (sustained). Not bullets, but grenades!
The Mark-19 can launch grenades as far as 2,212 meters, with an effective range to a point target of about 1,500 meters.
This video shows the murderous automatic grenade launcher in action as Marines and soldiers shoot the devastating grenades and film the impacts. Powerful stuff.
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