Brügger & Thomet GL06
|Brügger & Thomet GL06|
|Place of origin||Switzerland|
|Wars||Iraqi Civil War|
|Designer||Brügger & Thomet|
|Manufacturer||Brügger & Thomet|
|Mass||2.05 kg (4.52 lb)|
|Length||590 mm (23.2 in) stock extended / 385 mm (15.2 in) stock folded|
|Barrel length||280 mm (11.0 in)|
|Width||60 mm (2.4 in) stock extended / 95 mm (3.7 in) stock folded|
|Height||200 mm (7.9 in)|
|Caliber||40×46 mm (1.8 in)|
|Muzzle velocity||85 m/s (279 ft/s)|
|Effective firing range||300 m (980 ft)|
|Feed system||Breech-loaded, single-shot|
|Sights||Ghost ring iron sights|
339 mm (13.3 in) sight radius
The GL06 was developed in 2006 in response to a recent request from the police force of a leading European country which sought to obtain a less-lethal weapon for anti-riot application with the particular need for pin-point accuracy at standoff ranges (beyond 40 m (130 ft) for such scenarios) when firing impact rounds. The Thun-based Brügger & Thomet (B&T) company provided its client with both a weapon and a special round, with the added benefit of compatibility with a wide array of lethal and less-lethal ammunition produced in the 40 mm (1.6 in) low-velocity class.
It has been produced by four different manufacturers.
The GL06 is a stand-alone shoulder-firing weapon intended for military and police applications. A special "less-lethal" version of GL06 was produced as the LL06. Although the LL06 was marketed as a variation of the GL06, the only difference is the bright yellow color of the frame, compared to the standard black of the GL06. Both weapons are fully capable of firing a complete range of lethal and less-lethal 40×46 mm (1.8 in) ammunition.
The GL06 is lighter and more compact than other stand-alone weapons of the same class (such as the US M79 or German HK69A1), yet it is capable of greater accuracy, tactical flexibility and has good ergonomics.
- Catalonia – Mossos d'Esquadra
- France – Used by the Police Nationale since 2008.
- Kurdistan – Peshmerga
- Ukraine – as Fort-600
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