A reader emailed me this photo of a Bolivian solider carrying a strange firearms and asked what weapon he was carrying.
I was unable to identify it but Tony Williams, our resident ammunition expert, was. It is a Chinese QLZ-87 35mm grenade launcher.
According to Guns.ru, this fully automatic grenade launcher, like the AR-15, using a direct gas impingement system. It uses 6-round or 15-round drum magazines. The ‘light’ configuration, pictured above, weighs 26 lbs.
[ Many thanks to Tony for providing identification. ]
[ Many thanks to Norm for emailing me the photo. ]