Heckler & Koch AG grenade launcher series

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The Heckler & Koch AG series is a family of both underslung and standalone grenade launchers. Different models in the series differ mainly in the method by which they are attached to the host weapon, but can also differ in their barrel length and accessory mounting options. The vast majority of the variants are chambered for 40x46mm low velocity grenades, although some variants intended for less lethal use by military and police units (such as the British L127A1) are chambered in 37mm. A modified version of the AG-C variant was adopted by the US armed forces as the M320 and M320A1. This version became the standard design and was marketed by H&K as the AG-C/EGLM (Enhanced Grenade Launching Module), before evolving into the GLM (Grenade Launching Module) which is one of the current variants offered by H&K.

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Specifications

(1999 - Present)

  • Type: Grenade launcher
  • Caliber: 40x46mm
  • Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg) / 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)
  • Length: 15.6 in (39.5 cm) / 11.2 in (28.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 11 in (28 cm) / 8.5 in (21.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 1
  • Fire Modes: Single shot, double action

AG36

Heckler & Koch AG36 grenade launcher with handguard - 40x46mm
Heckler & Koch AG36 mounted on a Heckler & Koch G36 - 40mm & 5.56x45mm
Heckler & Koch AG36 mounted on Heckler & Koch G36K - 40mm & 5.56x45mm

The Heckler & Koch AG36 is the first weapon in the AG series and was designed for the Heckler & Koch G36, although it can also mount to the Heckler & Koch G36K if an adapter is fitted to the barrel ahead of the gas block. Although it is actually marked as the "AG G36" the second G is always omitted when referring to the weapon.

The Heckler & Koch AG36 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Resident Evil Colin Salmon One Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36K 2002
The Matrix Reloaded Merovingian henchman Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36K 2003
Stealth Josh Lucas Lieutenant Ben Gannon Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36K 2005
Iron Man Faran Tahir Raza Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36K 2008
The Dark Knight Mounted to ballistics testing automated gun 2008
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Will I Am John Wraith Mounted on G36K 2009
Special Forces Commandos Marine Mounted on G36KVs 2011

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Eureka Neil Grayston Douglas Fargo Mounted on G36K / "Alienated" (S01E04) 2006
MacGyver Photo only, mounted on G36 / "Bullet + Pen" (S02E11) 2017

Anime

Title Character Note / Episode Date
Aldnoah.Zero Yuki Kaizuka Standalone without stock / Episode 3 2014

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Project Reality Can fire HE, flare, and smoke rounds Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36 2005
Far Cry Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36K 2004
Operation 7 2006


AG-C

Heckler & Koch AG-C mounted on an M4 carbine - 40x46mm

The Heckler & Koch AG-C launcher is the variant designed to be mounted on to standard Colt AR-15 pattern carbines with a railed handguard, with the "C" standing for "Colt Carbine". This terminology is often used to refer to these launchers as a whole, despite the fact that this is actually one of the rarer configurations of the AG launcher with the main military adopter being United Kingdom Special Forces who acquired it to mount onto their L119A1 carbines (designating it as the L17A1). The launcher mounts to the carbine by having a groove on the top of the frame which slides over the bottom rail on a standard railed handguard, and locks into place on the bayonet lug using a quick release latch. This simplicity is also one of the weaknesses of this system, creating a lot of stress on parts that are not designed to take it. For this reason the UK fitted their carbines with strengthened lower handguards and front sight bases. The AG-C is visually very similar to the XM320 (the prototype of the M320) with the most obvious difference being the lack of a spring catch for fitting the XM320's adjustable stock.

The Heckler & Koch AG-C and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Hancock Bank Robber Mounted on HK416 2008
The Expendables 2 Randy Couture Toll Road Mounted on M4A1 carbine 2012

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Prison Break Michael Rapaport Don Self Mounted on Heckler & Koch HK416 / "Just Business" (S4E14) 2008


L123

L123A2 grenade launcher mounted on an L85A2 - 40mm & 5.56x45mm

The Heckler & Koch AG-SA80 launcher is better known by its British military designation L123. This variant was adopted in 2002 for British military operations in Afghanistan and is fitted to the standard issue L85A2 Individual Weapon. When it was first developed it was designated as the L17A2, as opposed to the L17A1 listed above, however when it was actually adopted it was redesignated as the L123A1 to distinguish it as a different weapon system. The L123 series attaches via an entirely new replacement handguard which must be fitted by an armourer which incorporates a short section of rail to mount a laser/light module with a corresponding place to attach a remote tape switch. The L123 has gone through a series of incremental improvement with the current model being the L123A3. The L123 can be fitted with ladder sights, an EOTech holographic sight, or a Wilcox Rapid Acquisition Aiming Module.

The L123 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Top Gear S12E06 2008

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
ArmA II L17A2 Can fire HE, smoke, and flare rounds Mounted on L85A2; added in Operation Arrowhead: British Armed Forces 2010
Project Reality L17A2 Can fire HE, flare, and smoke rounds Mounted on L85A2 2005
Battlefield 2 AG36 Mounted on L85A2, incorrectly has ladder sight mounted on top of handguard rather than on left side 2005


AG416

Heckler & Koch HK416 D10RS (5.56x45mm) fitted with Heckler & Koch AG416 grenade launcher - 40x46mm

The Heckler & Koch AG416 was a short lived variant developed specifically for the HK416 and was developed in 2005. The AG416 had a shorter barrel than the AG-C (8.5 inches which would later be used in the final M320 design) to allow it to mount to an HK416 D10RS without a significant overhang. This model was made very quickly redundant as the M320 development progressed, which introduced a folding forward grip and the option to mount a stock for standalone use.

The Heckler & Koch AG416 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Soldier of Fortune: Payback Mounted on HK416 D10RS 2007


M320

Heckler & Koch M320 with optional telescoping stock - 40x46mm
Current production M320A1 in standalone configuration - 40x46mm. Note that although this launcher is marked as an M320A1, with the weapon specific mounting hardware removed and the stock installed there is no difference between the M320 and M320A1.
Heckler & Koch XM320 with optional telescoping stock - 40x46mm. Note lack of a folding front grip, added only to the production M320.
Concept art of the Heckler & Koch XM320 mounted on a Heckler & Koch XM8 - 5.56x45mm & 40x46mm. Note different trigger guard and trigger.
Heckler & Koch HK416 (5.56x45mm) with AG-C/EGLM grenade launcher - 40x46mm

The M320 grenade launcher is the replacement for the Vietnam-era M203 as the US army's 40mm underbarrel grenade launcher while other services continue to use the M203. It was developed from the AG-C, with the XM320 prototype being almost identical. The main difference between the AG-C and the XM320 is that the latter has a modified frame which will accept an adjustable shoulder stock (with a corresponding spring catch on the left rear side of the frame) to allow it to be used more effectively in a standalone role. The final production variant of the M320 features a shorter 8.5 inch barrel and incorporates a folding vertical grip under the barrel. There are two variants of this launcher, the M320 and the M320A1 with the difference being that the former mounts to the M16A4 whilst the latter mounts on the M4/M4A1. In order to mount the M320 the lower handguard of the host rifle must be removed, and then the launcher mounts in a similar way to the M203 with the difference being that rather than having a loop at the front which wraps over the barrel, the front end of the launcher is secured with a quick detach mount locking on to the bayonet lug. The M320 variant was marketed by H&K as the AG-C/EGLM, or simply as the EGLM, and along with using the standard M320/M320A1 mounts it can be fitted to other weapons (such as the HK416 and HK417) using different mounting kits.

An additional variant of the M320 is the XM320 developed for the Heckler & Koch XM8. This variant has a redesigned frame (seemingly for purely aesthetic reasons to match the design of the XM8) and despite the fact that the XM8 and this version of the XM320 were cancelled, this launcher was purchased in very small numbers by the Malaysian armed forces. For the sake of clarity, this particular variant can be referred to as the XM320 (XM8).

NOTE: Later production M320 and M320A1 launchers are built to the same spec as the GLM listed below with the picatinny rail under the barrel. In the absence of visible markings to the contrary, these launchers should be labelled as GLMs unless they are fitted with the correct M320 or M320A1 mounting kits for use on the M16 or M4 respectively.

The M320 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Anime

Title Character Note / Episode Date
Canaan Natsume XM320 in standalone configuration 2009

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
Conflict: Global Terror 25mm low velocity grenade launcher XM320 (XM8) , mounted on Heckler & Koch XM8 carbine 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter "GL" on PC
"320" on Xbox 360
XM320 , mounted on Heckler & Koch XM8 (with incorrect XM320 (XM8) style mount) or Barrett M468 (with no visible mount) 2006
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 XM320 with incorrect XM320 (XM8) style mount, mounted on Heckler & Koch XM8, Norinco QBZ-95, and Heckler & Koch HK416 2007
Battlefield: Bad Company Prototype XM320 (XM8), mounted on Heckler & Koch XM8 2008
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots XM320 with XM320 (XM8) style mount and trigger guard, mounted on Heckler & Koch XM8 and M4A1 carbine 2008
America's Army 3 M320 HEDP and smoke grenades M320, mounted on M16A4 rifle]] 2009
ArmA II XM320 HEDP and smoke grenades XM320 (XM8) mounted on the Heckler & Koch XM8 2009
The 3rd Birthday AG-C Standalone M320 2010
AG320 Standalone XM320
SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 Mounted on Heckler & Koch G36C 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 XM320 (XM8), mounted on Heckler & Koch XM8 2010
Battlefield 3 M320 HE rounds, buckshot, or smoke rounds M320, standalone and mounted on various weapons 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 M320 GLM Standalone configuration and available mounted on all weapons classed as assault rifles except M4A1, M16A4 and AK-47 2011
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Mounted on various weapons 2012
Medal of Honor: Warfighter Mounted on HK416 and Daniel Defense M4 2012
Battlefield 4 Mounted on various weapons 2013
Time Crisis 5 XM320, standalone configuration, acts like an Missile Launcher 2014
Battlefield Hardline HE or tear gas rounds Standalone 2015
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Ironsight M320 GLM Standalone 2018


GLM

Heckler & Koch GLM in standalone configuration - 40x46mm
Heckler & Koch HK416 (5.56x45mm) with Heckler & Koch GLM grenade launcher - 40x46mm

The GLM (Grenade Launcher Module) is the most recent variant of the AG launcher family marketed by H&K. The GLM is very similar to the AG-C/EGLM, with the most significant difference being that instead of having the forward grip connected directly to the frame it has a short section of Picatinny rail underneath. An enhanced development of the GLM, the HK269, features the option to unlock the barrel either towards the left or right.

The GLM and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Six Juan Pablo Raba Ricky "Buddha" Ortiz Standalone 2017

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Note Date
America's Army 3 GS-36 HEDP and smoke grenades Mounted on the "Obran NP" 2009
Payday 2 Compact 40mm Standalone, introduced in 2017 update 169.2 2013
Rainbow Six: Siege M120 CREM Fixed forward grip, extended barrel Standalone 2015
Ghost Recon Wildlands "Standard Grenade Launcher" Fictional variant with clamp style rail mount 2017


HK169

Heckler & Koch HK169K - 40x46mm

The Heckler & Koch HK169 is a standalone variant of the GLM introduced in 2013. It uses a G36KV type folding stock as standard and the standard model has a 11 inch barrel whilst the K model has a shorter 8.5 inch barrel.

The HK169 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
24: Live Another Day Belchek 2014


Non Firing Replicas

Madbull AGX

Airsoft Madbull AGX Grenade Launcher

The Madbull AGX is a fictional Airsoft variant of the AG launcher. It features a very short barrel (approximately 4.5 inches) and clamps directly to a rail, both of which are features not used by any real variant of this launcher.

The Madbull AGX and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Punisher: War Zone Ray Stevenson Frank Castle Mounted on M4A1 carbine 2008
In Bruges Seen on table 2008
The Day of the Triffids Troy Glasgow Troy Mounted on G36C 2009

Television

Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
Primeval Belchek Mounted on G36C / S03E01 2009


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