Crowd Control Launchers at Al Aqsa Mosque Protests

Elements of the Israeli Border Police, Yasam riot control unit and the Jereselum police force have been dealing with Palestinian protesters over the previous week in the vicinity of the Al Aqsa mosque over a dispute with security entrances that came about because of the murder of two Israeli police officers. Due to the size of crowds during the protests, numerous crowd control measures have been taken. Newsworthy to us at TFB is the usage of various 37mm stand alone launchers, in addition to a muzzle mounted rifle grenade cup, discharging a tear gas grenade via a blank 5.56x45mm round.

 

 

From https://www.police.gov.il/Images/MainArticleImageImg/225d3fab-977e-4dc3-9308-987abc59adab_d.jpg

This method of grenade propulsion was very common many decades ago but has since fallen out of favor due to more efficient methods of grenade delivery. One of the issues, apart from accidentally loading a live round and firing it into a live tear gas or smoke grenade, is that the user has little control over the release of the agent, due to the grenade becoming primed as soon as the spool is depressed from the cup. Specifically, the grenade used appears to be the “Skittering” or “400” tear gas grenade, named so because it is designed to bounce on the ground multiple times while discharging the chemical agent. According to B’Tselem, the grenade is produced by Israeli Military Industries, Inc.

Some of the the launchers have M203 circular handguards attached to them, which might just be an armory furniture upgrade.

With the Yasam police officers, there were multiple uses of the Safariland owned subsidiary Defense Technologies Model 1327, which is actually a single shot 40mm launcher in the stand alone configuration. The launcher in use at the Al Aqsa protests has been modernized with a 12 o’clock picatinny rail in addition to a Meprolight holographic optic. It has what appears to be a FAB Defense UAS AK P telescoping and folding stock mounted to the rear portion of the receiver as well. Ammunition used appears to be a combination of tear gas and rubber bullets from Defense Technologies (a subsidiary of Safariland), and Combined Systems. It is most likely this munition: eXact iMpact™ 40 mm Sponge Round.

Palestinians Protest against New Israeli Security Measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound (2)

To read more about Israeli security non-lethal practices and technical data, please visit this report by B’Tselem.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • crackedlenses

    *Reads article*

    Hooboy, this could be entertaining….

    *Grabs popcorn*

    • PK
      • Rock or Something

        “Believe it or not George isn’t at home, just leave a mess-age at the beep…”

    • A former commenter reasoned that these articles had a primary or secondary function as being banhammer bait.

      • neckbone

        All over ancient fairytales, now called religion.

    • James Young

      I think it’s interesting that gun people like ourselves can look at situations like these where people are so angry in the streets surrounded by violence while we chill and talk about the M203 in the picture. I still love seeing the equipment though lol

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        What else can you say at this point?
        Those people have been killing each other for decades.

        Until they both decide to stop the killing and talk it will go on forever with a new beef every day to settle the one from yesterday.

        Im sure the Son in Law in Chief will figure it out. lol

        • PK

          “Those people have been killing each other for decades.”

          Yeah, about a hundred decades now…

      • crackedlenses

        That is one aspect of this community that I enjoy: the ability to separate the tools from the people using them.

  • SGT Fish

    now I need to know where to get that folding stock/pistol grip for my Fed Labs launcher!

    • SGT Fish

      and a full length rail on top

      • PK

        Buy a long rail segment from Amazon, they come in different heights, drill/tap/attach. Make sure to either not go into the bore, or if you do (which is no big deal on low pressure stuff like smoothbore 37mm gas guns) just make sure that you get the screws pretty flush with the walls of the bore.

    • PK

      Buy one of those stocks, fabricate a stock/grip block as you need. It’s not something you’ll be able to find off the shelf, I don’t believe.

      • BattleshipGrey

        I can’t speak to the launcher adapter, but we’ve got a few of those stocks on our department shotguns. I don’t recommend them on shotguns.

        • PK

          No kidding… a lot of FAB’s stuff is flashy, and useful on paper, but of limited real-world application. Wobbly (but still functional), uncomfortable (but again, functional) and so on.

  • Ark

    “Yasam riot control unit and the Jereselum police force have been dealing
    with Palestinian protesters over the previous week in the vicinity of
    the Al Aqsa mosque over a dispute with security entrances that came
    about because of the murder of two Israeli police officers.”

    That’s a…selective interpretation of events.

    • Rnasser Rnasser

      To say the least…
      Israel is digging it’s own grave.

      • vwVwwVwv

        Oh Yes,
        The Urukians told them,
        the Pharaons, Edomians, Amorites and
        Amalekians, Phoenicians and Kanaanites, Greeks,
        Romans, popes and imams, crusaders and socialists
        … told them they are digging
        their graves, hi hi, all the talkers
        have disappeared, they are still digging on,
        will digg when you are forgotten
        long time, I am afraid to say.

        • FrenchKiss

          Yes.

      • john huscio

        By briefly installing metal detectors at a holy site?

        • James Young

          They have metal detectors at the Western Wall and even outside the Kabaa in Mecca. It would help if the Palestinians and Jordanians who maintain the mosque wouldn’t allow radicals store weapons to use to murder police officers with

    • FrenchKiss

      It’s a fact.

      • Ark

        It’s devoid of context. Specifically, the part where the Palestinians are engaging in armed resistance against a hostile occupying force that treats them like inmates in the world’s largest concentration camp. Killing uniformed occupiers isn’t “murder”. That summary makes it sound like the killings happened for no reason.

        • FrenchKiss

          And what were the boundaries of the “occupied” state? And what was their form of government? Who were its leaders? What was their currency? Where was the seat of government? GFY.

        • FrenchKiss

          Talk about devoid of context! Again, GFY.

        • vwVwwVwv

          There is no such thing as Palestinian, they are Arabs who have
          an Eempire from the Atatlantic ocean to the Indian Ocean.
          Arabs controle a terrytory larger than the USA
          while controlling 99.4% of the
          middleast which they ethnically cleanse till now.
          Israel which is indigenouse there holds 0.6% which Arabs greed for..

          Just for mentioning, as a German citizen.
          In concentration camps 6000000 went in 0 went out.
          1948 there have been 700.000 Arrabs west from the Jordan,
          now we have 2.500.000.

          Stop offending concentration camps!

  • PK

    ” there were multiple uses of what appears to be a modified and modernized Federal Laboratories M201-Z, chambered in 37mm.”

    They really just look like off the shelf current production DefTec launchers, honestly. Same exposed hammer and everything.

  • PK

    Interesting that they still use cup launchers. I never expect that, but if it works well, why not?

    “there were multiple uses of what appears to be a modified and modernized Federal Laboratories M201-Z, chambered in 37mm.”

    They really just look like some flavor of off the shelf current production DefTec launchers, honestly. Same exposed hammer and everything.It just has a more suitable stock for their use.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d7768eda770d8bd142d521a2d9ca8b18f13c5cc956e19e484ac158c54f301bb.jpg

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    At first I thought this was a Red Sox/Yankees game.

    • mazkact

      Come to think of it, a properly loaded T-shirt cannon beats a rock any day .

  • vwVwwVwv

    A bunch of 10-15 aamerican pitbulls would have stopped the party immediately.

    • PK

      They’d be more upset over the dogs than anything else, at least.

      • vwVwwVwv

        I don’t think they would have time to be upset.
        But you are right , they don’t like dogs.

      • vwVwwVwv

        imagining the picture of a pitbull playing with a shirt carrieing the inscription Press…..

  • scaatylobo

    LOVE reading the anti semitic’s on here .
    Makes me pray that all y’all get to enter an oven = WITH your loved ones in tow.
    PLEASE inhale slowly so you can feel the pain.

  • vwVwwVwv

    While you guy’s have conquerd and occupied, ethnically cleansed
    and lotend, raped entlarvend and burned down a 1000 countrys,
    with no fault of your won, what makes you guy’s superior
    somhow, not all of you guy’s only the superiors
    like you are. No?

  • Some Guy

    The stuff about prayer and religion also fits the roman cthaolic church but no none would call all roman catholics part of the same culture.

    You are just buthurt that your opinion does not fit in with history, you put your jewish Israeli nationalism before the historic facts which is despise as somenone studying history at university(like all ignring of facts to support an agenda). Look at the historic facts and you will see why the there is no real yewish culture, but only the jewish religion that is comparable to other religions like shia islam or chatolik christinianity

  • Some Guy

    Calling someone a Jewhater while praising himself not being american(which i am not btw) is not really someone really intersted in historic facts.

    I only corrected a false historic fact, if you can`t bear what historians mostly argree than i can`t help. I recommend stepping outside your bubble and reading about the history of the region and the history of the jewish faith and trubbles of its followers.

    Seriously don`t get angry when you are corrected by someone with more knowledge on the subject(something you learn when actually dealing with real historians and experts), look at the subject from a different viewpoint and question yours. That is how to deal with any difference in poinion in a mature way, let alone on historicly well researched subjects.

    • vwVwwVwv

      You are wrong in any sentence stop spreading fake news

      • Some Guy

        Well someone who does know very little about history calling very reputable people who actually study history SJW and anything that does fit his agenda a SJW.
        And of course an uneducated man from a country with a subpar education system can solve one of the most comlicated conflicts of our time … you really lost your grip on reality, it is not even funny.

        • vwVwwVwv

          Jaaawn, that’s boring, how do you know what I studied and I am right with SJW
          If not wors.