INKUNZI PAW

PAW 1

Soldier Systems Daily posted this up from the DSEI, Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition, in the UK.

The iNkunzi Paw is a South African weapon. PAW stands for Personal Area Weapon. It fires 20mm x 42mm grenades.

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As you can see, the fire control is offset from the weapon. By having the grip and trigger offset from the body of the weapon, the length of the PAW 20 is reduced and improves the balance of the weapon.

 

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pAW 2

Here is a photo of a representative demonstrating how the shoulder the PAW 20

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Nicholas C

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  • BillC

    Those are not grenades, they are projectiles. Ordnance-wise.

    • Dan

      They are cute little projectiles filled with love.

      • CrossMe

        And remember people, love hurts!

        • Dan

          It does indeed.

      • DW

        and “Love” tends to spatter all over

        • Anomanom

          That is so wrong.

          • DW

            If this is wrong I don’t wanna be right

      • Tinklebell

        It uses unicorn farts as the propellant.

        • Dan

          That is why they are so damn expensive.

    • BillC

      Wait wait. The company developed them just for this, which it looks like they ‘re calling them grenades.

  • Dangermouse

    I wonder what the effect of having the empty cases ejected on the left / near to face side is.

  • mig1nc

    It’s the anti-ambi bullpup. It sucks to shoot it from either shoulder.

    • DW

      Having huge brass eject in front of your face if you shoot from the right shoulder, and mighty hell uncomfortable when you shoot from the left.

      But I guess things/tangos on the receiving end have it way worse…

      • Zebra Dun

        Like being too close to a train engine going by.

    • iksnilol

      Shoulderwise it is no problem. The problem arises when a leftie tries to use it due to the grip being on the right side.

  • I remember seeing one of these in the movie “Chappie”, and before that I read about this system somewhere but completely forgot about it. Its a bit sucky that its not ambidextrous, but it looks like an interesting design anyway.

    • iksnilol

      It has the dubious honor of being the only bullpup that a right handed shooter can shoot from the left shoulder while a leftie is 5 kinds of screwed.

      • Plumbiphilious

        Well, it’d be kind of cool if a leftie had some prep time and tied/strapped the buttstock to their forearm while using it (like a “pistol brace”).

        Then it’s like a gun-shield-thing.

    • Iggy

      Yeah, it does look a bit awkward:

      • nadnerbus

        Man, David Bowie doesn’t look so hot.

      • Tassiebush

        I think that’s that Yolanda chick from Die Antwoord!

        • Iggy

          Yeah, they star as themselves in Chappie

          • Tassiebush

            Haha I’m surprised i spotted that. I haven’t seen it but gather the fellow behind district 9 made it so I’ll have to check it out.

  • Major Tom

    Are we sure this is meant for humans? Looks like its meant for something else.

    • Tassiebush

      I reckon it was confiscated from one of the “Prawns” that live in District 9.

  • iksnilol

    MOM! South Africa is at it again with the weird bullpups.

    • SP mclaughlin

      Is this even a bullpup though?

      • iksnilol

        Well, the feeding thingy (AKA clipazine) is behind the trigger from what I can tell.

        • GearHeadTony

          A bullpup has the grip/trigger in front of the action, this is off to the side…”cowdog”???

          • iksnilol

            Looking at it from the right side the clipazine is in the background. So it is behind the trigger, just not behind the trigger in the conventional way.

          • GearHeadTony

            COWDOG!!!

          • iksnilol

            Alright, I’ll jump on the train: DOGCOW!

            By the way: Is it me or does this give you the opportunity to mount two optics side by side?

          • GearHeadTony

            YEA!!! Some back-up irons for CQB is just what this needs!

          • iksnilol

            I was thinking more along the lines of a magnified optic on one side and a red dot on the other. So that you just close one eye to use the scope or keep both open to use the red dot.

          • Young Freud

            I believe the proposed mounting arrangement is red-dot optic for the in-axis mount, while the mount above the hand is for a LAM or laser rangefinder.

            The only thing new is the name and that they’ve brought back the box magazine, probably for weight-saving. The drum magazine carried more ammunition and is much more compact, but those 3 20mm rounds and the drum mechanism probably add some considerable weight to an already heavy weapon.

      • gunsandrockets

        Sure. Considering how far back the action recoils into the stock, I’d call it a bullpup action.

  • Ah yes! I remember this as the Neopup PAW-20. From Wiki:

    The PAW-20 is a hand-held, semi-automatic grenade launcher that fires a 20 mm point detonating round. It holds up to seven rounds in a conventional box magazine, with an effective range of 300–400 meters. It was designed mainly as an anti-personnel grenade launcher for use against opposition closely grouped together or behind light cover. However, it is also compatible with less-than-lethal ammunition. The PAW-20 is in direct competition with the more complicated and expensive joint American-German XM25 CDTE.[citation needed]

    The PAW-20 has attracted some criticism due to the location of the ejection port; these allegations have largely been proven false, as the spent casings are ejected no closer to the operator’s face than in a conventional assault rifle being fired from the left hand. Due to the unique location of the pistol grip on the side of the weapon, it can be fired from the left shoulder for a right-handed operator by simply placing the butt on the left shoulder, with no hand swapping necessary.

    This allows the user the advantage of being able to fire from around or under cover, with little time required to change the grip on the weapon. The right-handed location of the pistol grip also allows the weapon to recoil unimpeded into the shoulder of the operator, allowing for a much more manageable recoil than most weapons of this class.

    • PK

      Ah, I knew it wasn’t my imagination. This is an old system indeed.

    • Tassiebush

      I actually do the shoulder swap without swapping hands with normal rifles and shotguns. It’s much easier than shooting cackhanded. I recommend people give it a try.

  • PK

    Boy, this is another blast from the past. Have you guys been going through some old archives? I haven’t even thought of this system in years.

  • gralem

    that is my next squirrel gun

    • GearHeadTony

      And the short overall length makes it a good home defense hallway clearer!

      • Zebra Dun

        Semi automatic grenade launcher and home defense hallway sweeper somehow scare the shi’ite out of me!

  • Sianmink

    I don’t get the push for semiauto grenade launchers. I get it, it’s cool, but soldiers have to carry these, and it’s clear that a repeating, straight pull or pump action launcher could be made a lot lighter and more simply than an autoloader. Just how much call is there for a launcher that can be fired more rapidly than a soldier can take aimed shots?

    • DW

      Autoloading actions usually reduce felt recoil by having the impulse “spread” over the entire cycle time (whereas a manual loader gives all its juice…kick on shot firing)

      • Sianmink

        there’s other ways to mitigate recoil. (see: Ljutic Space Gun)

    • gunsandrockets

      The point behind this weapon isn’t semi-auto operation so much as it is recoil mitigation for an oversized cartridge.

  • gunsandrockets

    Do you suppose the inspiration for this weapon was the “Cobra Assault Cannon” from 1987 movie Robocop? (which I think marked the first media appearance of the Barrett .50 rifle)

    • TJbrena

      Maybe. Also, South Africa was mentioned in Robocop on one of the TVs, their nuke program specifically.

  • Bill

    Maybe it’s just me, but is that big fence-like thing the only guard for the trigger? A ND or something sneaking onto the trigger with this must really take pants-soiling to a whole new level.

  • Giolli Joker

    Inkunzi is the zulu word for the buffalo bull.
    (Google translate, knowing the use of similar words by South African knifemaker Chris Reeve)
    There for it’s not a Bullpup, but a Bullpaw.

  • randy

    Make it a 20/12ga and mount a 9mm, 10mm in front of the grip…….

  • Zebra Dun

    Well dang!
    Be sure for Crixus sake you are shooting that thing in the right direction!

  • Zebra Dun

    Weapons with big knobs and dials always get my attention.

  • Seryoga Denisov

    Wtf! How it happened that neopup paw-20 with 6 round drum magazine (+1 in the chamber) turned into inkunzi paw-20 with 4 round box magazine which proved inferior to the drum magazine for the weapon as numerous tests showed before (HP noticeably improved with the drum magazine). All in all watch Chappie for the original

  • Seryoga Denisov

    It’s a weird story that PMP sold Paw-20 with 4-round box magazine by the contract. What’s a hint about that? And it was written that PMP working hard on a new related weapon to be issued next year

  • Seryoga Denisov

    Wtf! How it happened that neopup paw-20 with 6 round drum magazine (+1 in the chamber) turned into inkunzi paw-20 with 4 round box magazine which proved inferior to the drum magazine for the weapon as numerous tests showed before (HP noticeably improved with the drum magazine). All in all watch Chappie for the original

  • Seryoga Denisov

    It’s a weird story that PMP sold Paw-20 with 4-round box magazine by the contract. What’s a hint about that? And it was written that PMP working hard on a new related weapon to be issued next year