Mk 18 Mod 0 grenade launcher
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|Mk 18 Mod 0 grenade launcher|
|Place of origin||United States|
|In service||1960s - Early 1970s|
|Used by||United States Navy|
|Manufacturer||Honeywell Corporation and Aeronautical Products Division|
|Cartridge||40 x 46 mm grenade|
|Action||Hand cranked, manual reloading|
|Rate of fire||250 rounds per minute|
|Effective firing range||2200 yards|
The Mk 18 Mod 0 was a 40x46mm grenade launcher used by the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and also the last known hand crank operated firearm since the Gatling gun. It was replaced by the Mk 19 grenade launcher in service with the United States Armed Forces.
This weapon is a manually-operated, belt-fed. The use of a split breech mechanism allowed the weapon to be light and simple.
The Mark 18 was used primarily on small boats or in fixed positions such as bunkers; their primary users were the so-called "river rats" and the SEALs. They could be mounted on M2HB, M60, M1919 tripods, or pintle mounts, but could not be fired without such a mount.