The USMC’s new 6 shot 40mm Grenade Launcher

Meet the M-32.  Six rounds, shoulder fired, reported to achieve head shots at 150 meters.

Sweet!

All six rounds can be put on target in under 3 seconds, for when you needs things blowing up a lot, really fast.

Rumored supported rounds include:

  • HELLHOUND rounds with twice the lethal radius of the M433, which will breach doors and kill anything behind them;
  • HUNTIR rounds with cameras in them, that descend on a parachute and send back video.
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Black is back!

When the US Army adopted the ACU (Army Combat Uniform) with a new digital camouflage pattern, the color black was not to be found in the pattern. The argument was the the color black is not found in nature. I’ve talked with members of the military who were on exercises with people wearing both the ACU and the older BDU uniforms (the BDUs had the woodland pattern) and was told that it was much easier to spot the people in the ACU at night.

It has been announced that the US Army is now producing a variant of the ACU with the MultiCam camouflage pattern. If you look closely at the MultiCam pattern, you will see that it includes the color black.

For now, the MultiCam pattern is only being issued in Afghanistan, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the more effective pattern make its way through the Army supply chain.

There are other changes being made to the ACU, based on feedback from soldiers in the field. One that caught my attention was replacing the Velcro ™ seals on the sleeve cargo pockets with buttons. Makes sense. Buttons are quiet.

10 SciFi weapons in current use

By way of Wired, is this article on SciFi type weapons that exist today.

My favorites:

Just  to check up on how predictions have worked, here are some posts made to sci.military back in 1991 about the future of infantry battle systems.