Daudson’s bizarre 40mm launchers

    Earlier we covered the DS Trushot made by Pakistani arms company Daudson, based in Peshawar. In addition to firearms, the┬ásame company makes a 40mm high velocity grenade launcher as well. It comes in a standalone variant, as well as a UBGL version to be affixed to an AKM via a set of Philips screws clamping the launcher to the barrel. The UBGL version looks awfully low on the rifle, much lower than many Russian GP30s or even an M203 when mounted to the rifle. Unfortunately the specifications don’t list the weight of the device but looking at the bulk associated with it, in addition to the statement that they are made of steel, I would imagine very heavy compared to European or American grenade launchers. Operation consists of unlatching the breech, pushing it forward, inserted a grenade, closing it, engaging the safety lever that rotates almost 180 degrees to fire, aiming in on the quadrant sight, and firing via a trigger similar to the GP30 design. The company has stated that the launchers have been used in “Anti-terrorist operations” but I can’t find any photographs of use by the Pakistani police or military forces supporting this.

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    From the company-

    Ideal weapon for close quarter combat against soft targets and in anti-personnel role. Extremely successful in anti-terrorist operations and low intensity conflicts. Uses NATO standard low velocity 40mm x 46mm ammunition. Can use all configurations of 40mm x 46mm (HE, HEDP, AP and TP).

    Made of specified steel on state-of-the art CNC machines. Bright front bead and graduations of the aperture sight. Availability of spares is guaranteed. Available in both Fixed and Extendable Stock options.

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Calibre; 40 x 46mm
    Operation Break open – Single shot
    Feeding System Manual loading
    Rifling Right hand – 6 grooves
    Barrel length 350mm approximately
    Range 400m (depending upon the ammunition)
    Muzzle velocity As per the ammunition specifications
    Sights Aperture sight graduated in 50m increments
    Length 710mm approximately Safety Manual safety

    The standalone versions come in either a fixed or extended stock made out of wood. The older versions of the standalone incorporated an external hammer for cocking the launcher. Newer versions have a charger on the left side, in addition to iron sights.

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    And the modern version-

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    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.

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