40mm Fun from Defense Technology

DT Launcher

Defense Technology announced three new 40mm products at the recent shot show: one launcher and two projectiles.

The new launcher is called the 40mm Tactical 4-Shot Launcher. Not a terribly imaginative name, but very descriptive. The unit is made in collaboration with Lewis Machine & Tool, a company that many readers will associate with manufacturing AR-style rifles. The launcher is designed to be one of the lightest weight multi-shot units on the market.

It is equipped with a quad-rail and uses a pump-action mechanism to keep it running. The launcher has a black anodized finish and will retail for $1,899. Defense Technology expects to begin delivery of these units in Q2 of 2016.

The two rounds that were introduced are the 40mm eXact iMpact Adjustable Range round and the 40mm Direct Impact Adjustable Range round. The rounds are both designed to offer a consistent, safe impact velocity at ranges from 5 feet to 70 meters and are adjustable on the fly. So, instead of a soldier or police officer needing to change rounds as the threat changes, he or she can simply adjust the loaded round for the appropriate distance. Defense Technology advised both rounds provide point of aim, point of impact precision.

The new rounds will be available by Spring 2016. The MSRP will range from $29 – 35.50. Of course, Defense Technology is not the only company to show a new 40mm launcher at SHOT.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • BattleshipGrey

    With that name they can only be marketing to LE (and because of what it is obviously). The suit wearing chiefs need to see the word “tactical” and then have the rest spelled out exactly what they’re signing for. Labeling it the “Tacti-Thumper X4” would be too confusing for them.

    • Bill

      “Tactical” is skerry. It needs to be called an “Urban Community Behavior Modification Justice Projector” before a chief will buy it. Or they’ll insist on a non-tactical launcher.

      • Nathan Alred

        “rainbow launcher”

    • oldman

      The urban attitude adjustment tool might be a better handle for that thing.
      The Corps had what looked like a 12a on steroids it held two or three in the magazine and one in the chamber back in Viet Nam. A friend carried one said just racking a round could get the VC to think about being somewhere else.

    • Phil Hsueh

      Or maybe they’re just Germans, I mean that is how Germans like to name things after all, they just describe what it is or what it does and that’s its name. Using Goggle translate it would look something like this in German: 40mmtaktischeviershotlauncher or maybe abbreviated to 40tvsl.

  • TDog

    Needs more rails. I see plenty of room on the cylinders that could hold some more.

  • Don Ward

    Can’t wait for the hype when Kimber introduces their new Tactical FIVE-Shot Launcher…

    • Kelly Jackson

      all steal

    • Sickshooter0

      …on a 1911 platform…

  • Paul White

    wait, are they less than lethals? explosive? What? I’m curious.

    • Bill

      Theoretically less than lethal, but I bet if some copper “adjusts” the cartridge wrong while he’s soaking from a plastic bag of pee that some hippie just threw on him and hits somebody in the head at the wrong range, their head might explode.

  • Porty1119

    I need one in 37mm, because one signal flare just won’t do the trick.

    • Bill

      or start a big enough fire

    • Rusty S.

      Milkor has a 6-shot lightweight 37mm launcher that would fit the bill!

  • Alex Agius

    So are the selling them to the public as 37mm or as 40mm DDs?

  • Kelly Jackson

    I’d love to open up on a group of smelly protestors with that

  • cs

    I need one of these 40mm for deer and hog season. One question: how much does ammo cost?

    • Sickshooter0

      At least a $200 tax stamp for each.

      • Budogunner

        Truth, sadly.

        • Cymond

          Doesn’t that only apply to explosive ammo? Is there any type of 40mm that doesn’t require a tax stamp?

          • Budogunner

            I believe it is anything 40mm, but I’m no lawyer. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a market for 37mm “flare launchers”.

          • Cymond

            Well 40mm launchers themselves require a tax stamp, 37mm launchers aren’t even considered firearms, they can ship directly to the buyer with a FFL.
            I know chalk practice rounds were reclassified as DDs, but I’m not sure if that means all 40mm ammo requires a tax stamp now. Apparently, there used to be buckshot loads, for example.

  • Adam D.

    The pump action advance seems like a nice idea.
    I’m not too familiar with the technical details of the Milkor the armed forces use in the US, but it uses a rotary tensioning system IIRC.
    The pump action seems like a more reliable/simpler solution.

    This launcher is not for 40mm HE by the way, at least that’s what the site of the mfr. states.

  • Eurk Burkell

    They need some more description of the rounds in this article. Are they supposed to be less than lethal, HE, gas? A little low on detail. I’m guessing its a destructive device?

  • adverse

    One shot stop.