SHOT Show 2015: LMT Booth

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LMT had two of the coolest new products, even if most of us can’t own one of them:  a modular M203 grenade launcher system.  The M203 tube attaches to the system, which has a robust Picatinny rail along the “topcover”, and, at the rear of the frame, there are attachment points for AR15 lower furniture, so you have a stand-alone single shot grenade launcher with your choice of grip, stock, and optics.  It looks amazing as well, and feels sturdy to the point of indestructibility.

The second new product is LMT’s new .308 AR system that managed to shave almost a full pound off of the standard 10 pound AR10/.308 AR system through some smart barrel tapering under the handguard and implementation of an aluminum barrel extension.  There’s some possibility of military interest in this redesigned .308 (recall that LMT supplies .308s to the British government), and no doubt civilians will be interested in a light weight but heavy duty .308 AR.

LMT will also be producing a new rail-mounted laser sight (see picture below).  The laser tech was not in the booth at the time, so I didn’t get the specs, but I did snap a pic.

Finally, LMT is now selling the Mk18 upper (the 10.5 upper supplied to the US military) to the civilian market branded as the “LMT-18”.

Great spread from LMT as usual, as one might expect from a top shelf AR manufacturer.

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James Reeves

James Reeves is a licensed and practicing concealed weapons instructor, the winner of Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, a graduate of Front Sight, the Shooter Performance Institute, and Tier 1 Group, and is an Appleseed-qualified Rifleman. James previously owned and operated a gun shop in Tallahassee, FL and worked as a regional sales representative for distributor/importer, Interstate Arms Company. He is a coverage litigation attorney by day. James likes traveling with his wife, boating, America, photography, guns, gear he doesn’t really need, cold beer, and a little exercise here and there (James is also GORUCK Tough). Above all, James enjoys creating content for TFBTV. Follow James on Twitter @jjreeves.


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  • M.M.D.C.

    “The second new product is LMT’s new .308 AR system that managed to shave almost a full pound off of the standard 10 pound AR10/.308 AR system through some smart barrel tapering under the handguard and implementation of an aluminum barrel extension.”

    Is this the desert tan rifle pictured above?

    • Ethan

      Right before I read this comment I was just telling my co-worker “I wish they had a picture of that, I’m curious to see how they pulled that off.”

  • anon

    I want that tan LM8

  • whskee

    I miss my old M79. If I had the license to manufacture I’d love to build a modernized M79, I think that’d be a sexy project. I like what they’ve done with the stand-alone but it looks big and heavy. I’d still take it over hanging a damn M203 on my rifle though.

    • sgt fish

      you don’t need a mfg license. just file a form 1 and when it is approved start building

    • the ammo addict

      I handled the stand-alone launcher at SHOT and it is incredibly light and handy. Operating the mechanism, it is my opinion that it is the fastest reloading single shot launcher available. I will be purchasing one ASAP as they are only about $1,800.

  • CommonSense23

    Of the 5 40mm shoulder fired grenade launchers being used by the US military, the 203 is the least practical. Especially as a standalone without a folding or a much more compact adjustable stock. It’s not going to be as accurate as a 79, as compact as the HK, capable of firing the medium velocity grenades as the 40mm, or have as much firepower as the MGL.

    • James R.

      Thanks for the comparative comment, sir. Have an upvote.

    • the ammo addict

      As a stand-alone, your assessment is completely incorrect. And did you even look at the pictures? It has a very nice AR style collapsible stock, pretty much as compact as you can get and with a better cheek weld than the HK. With the appropriate optical sight (can’t remember the name, but it was at Midnight 3-Gun) it will be MORE accurate than the M-79. Comparing it to the MGL isn’t really fair to either launcher. The MGL has reliability problems and is very bulky, but has several quick shots available without reloading. Getting back to single shot launchers, I handled the stand-alone M-203 at SHOT and it is incredibly light and handy. Operating the mechanism, it is my opinion that it is the fastest reloading single shot launcher available. I will be purchasing one ASAP as they are only about $1,800.

      • CommonSense23

        I am curious how much experience you have with grenade launchers. The M79 smoke checks the 203 as a standalone launcher. If the 203 had any benefits, why is the military dumping it for the HK.

  • sgt fish

    the MK18 should be 10.3″ if i remember right, not 10.5″

    • Cheese_McQueen

      Depends on who made it.

      • CommonSense23

        Well the government spec is 10.3

        • SideRaptor

          Unless I’m mistaken the original CQB-R project upper receiver had a 10.3″ barrel, while the later MK-18s (mod 0 and mod 1) as a standalone rifle have a 10.5″ barrel.

          • CommonSense23

            Still use a 10.3 inch barrel on them. They are just commonly referred to as 10.5.

  • Chris Cosby

    Whats the difference between the LMT-18 and the old 10.5 inch upper they have been selling for years?