Mk 19

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Mk 19 grenade launcher
MK19-02.jpg
A Mk 19 40 mm grenade launcher mounted on an M3 tripod
Type Automatic grenade launcher
Place of origin  United States
Service history
In service 1968–present
Used by 20 countries including:
 Afghanistan
 Argentina
 Australia[1]
 Bangladesh[2]
 Brazil[3]
 Canada
 Croatia  Egypt[4]
 Greece[5]
 Iran[6]
 Iraq
 Ireland[7]
 Israel[1][4]
 Lebanon[8]
 Malaysia[1]
 Mexico[1]
 Pakistan[9]
 Poland[10]
 Spain[1]
 Sweden[1][11][12]
 Taiwan[13]
 Thailand
 Turkey[14][15]
 United States[1]

The Mk 19 (or Mark 19) is a grenade machine gun capable of firing one grenade every second at a maximum range of 1,200 metres (3,900 ft). The Mk 19 fires 40mm grenades at a rate of 325-375 rounds per minute (rpm). It has a maximum effective range of 2,212 metres (7,257 ft). It was originally used by the U.S. Navy in Vietnam for river patrol boats. Later it was adopted and improved upon by the U.S. Army. It is a man portable crew-served weapon that can fire from a tripod mounted position. It also fires from a vehicle mounted position (this is the preferred method since the weapon alone weighs 75 pounds (34 kg)). The ammunition comes in 32 or 48 round ammunition boxes weighing 42 pounds (19 kg) and 60 pounds (27 kg).

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