RPG-40 Grenade launcher

The RPG-40 was on display at MSPO 2008. The Centre for Research and Development Equipment Mechanics (OBR SM) and Military Technical Academy, which I assume are Polish organizations, have developed the RPG-40. Despite its name it has nothing to do with the Russian RPG-* arms and does not fire rocket propelled grenades, just the standard 40mm variety.

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The RPG-40

It holds 6 rounds and features an oversized chamber so a variety of lethal and non-lethal ammunition can be chambered – limited by how much pressure the weapon can withstand.

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Oversized 40mm chamber

It may be in direct competition with the South African Milkor MGL (M32) that is currently used by the Marines in Iraq. It looks like it has a very similar spring-loaded magazine, which rotates after a shot has fired. I would not be surprised if the MGL technology has been licensed.


Marine with M32 MGL (MGL-140) in Iraq.
Photo from Wikipedia

 1 31 2004 Milkor-Mgl-Mk-1S Si5

The MGL is a scaled up version of the Striker/Streetsweeper/Protecta rotary magazine 12 gauge shotgun:

Striker shotgun with 12″ barrel. Photo from guns.ru

More info here (translated in google)

I have done my best to find accurate information about this firearm on the Polish MSPO 2008 website. I do not speak or read Polish so I had to rely on Google Translate. If I got something wrong, please correct me in the comments.

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  • Jcamelo

    If it does not fire a rocket propelled grenade then why is it called an rpg?

  • Wosiu

    Hmmm 🙂 Google Automatic Translator changed the name of this grenade launcher. It is not RPG-40. It is RGP-40. RGP is from Rewolwerowy Granatnik Polautomatyczny (Revolver Semiautomatic Grenade-launcher). RGP-40 is genuine Polish construction. Weapon in present form is only ugly functional model, I hope final model will be more ergonomic. There are in Poland very big family of lethal and non-lethal 40 x 46 mm rounds named SBAO-40 with almost 20 types of rounds.

  • Dana

    VERY LITTLE beats the RPG 7 and I’d rather have one of those and a few rockets. The shaped molten copper core is hard to defend against….They’re EXTREMELY effective. The RPG 40 is nice but it’s no grenade Launcher. Not even close….call it a storng armed grenade throing machine or something like that. J/K…I dunno WHAT to call it but it wouldn’t be RPG anything.
    IMO of course. 🙂

  • Alex K.

    In Russian, RPG stands for Ruchnoi Protivotankovii Granatomet which translates into Handeld Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher. That means that it doesn’t HAVE to be rocket-propelled.

  • Yoyo

    u think rpgs ar sooo graet frig the rpg i think the 50 caliber sniper is the figin best tat will kill i 50X faster than an rpg so eat a 50 calaber bullet rofl jks but the 50 calaber sniper beats all

  • Dan the man

    the most amazing gun i have ever seen


    its not called rpg 40
    its RGP-40
    get your shit straight