Milkor is selling off 53 M32 Grenade Launchers there were Army trade-ins. So for a mear $15,000 you can own one too. At that price, might as well get two, one for each hand.
Shame these are not the newer, upgrade, M32A1s. Those have a 3 inch shorter barrel, and are upgraded to be able to take higher pressure rounds.
Sometimes I think I am the only person in the world that isn’t in love with the M32. My biggest complaint is that it is large and bulky. It is twice the weight of a M79, and about 4 times the weight of a M203 or M320. Whom ever carries the M32 will likely have another weapon as a primary weapon. I didn’t care for the design of the stock and the optic. The stock pivots to allow for the high angle necessary for farther shots. The stock on the one I used would flop around. I really didn’t like that. In photos and videos I’ve seen of others, the stock seems to lock in various angles, so that might have just been an issue with the unit my platoon had. The optic was good, but not great. It was just a red dot you manually had to adjust for range. I had a few complaints about the optic. First it relies on the user making an accurate range estimation. If the user is wrong they have to adjust the sight again. Secondly when firing at near maximium ranges, the optic is tilted nearly 45 degrees and is aimed right at the barrel. You then won’t be able to see the target through the optic and then have to keep both eyes open to do something like the Bindon Aiming Concept to transpose the dot and the target together.
For example, in the above pictures, you see how a 40mm is nearly at 45 degrees for a 400m shot. Using an offset sight or a multi-ranging holographic sight like the discontinued M40GL allows for easy of aiming while aiming. Putting the optic right over the barrel ended up with you pointing the optic right at the barrel.
My last gripe is a training and use issue. In the Corps, I never saw anyone able to really use one fast or efficiently. I never saw anything that made me believe that the average infantryman was going to actually load and fire 18 rounds a minute through one of these. Loading always seemed slow and awkward. But to be fair, we received these mid deployment and there was never any real training time given to them.
Still, it is a very cool weapons system. One of the biggest merits we found with it was that due to its’ spring loaded cylinder, you could advance it to the chamber you want. We sometimes loaded up (in order) 2 green star clusters, 2 parachute flares, and 2 HEDP rounds. When we had to warn locals or do escalation of force, the Marine with the M32 could easily do a snap shot firing off a green star cluster to gain people’s attention and warn them. If instead, it was night time and we needed light, they could advance the cylinder twice and fired off a parachute flare or two. Should we need the indirect fire or to strike an area target, the cylinder would be advanced to the fragmentation rounds to lay down some death.
At night, it would a whole lot of fun, and kinda handy to be able to spin in place while firing parachute flares in order to light up the sky with a new constellation, albeit a temporary one.
Still, from my experience there was nothing we did with the M32 that we didn’t do as well with the M203. We certainly didn’t miss it when we turned it back in before the end of our deployment.
All that said. If I had the money to burn, I’d buy one of these surplus guns. Hell, I’d buy two, one for each hand.