Saturday afternoon, my wife and I were enjoying Mexican food and margaritas in the lovely San Diego sunshine. We ate at tables on the sidewalk, under thatched umbrellas, people watching. Young men walked by in packs of fours and fives, wearing polo shirts and uniformly short haircuts, and it began to occur to me that with the Pacific Fleet and the 1st Marine Division nearby, San Diego was very much a military town.
One young man walked past in a white and red horizontal-striped rugby shirt, and I overheard, “Yeah, grenade launcher. With like, six barrels!” I suddenly realized that I was picking up a conversation I would never hear in San Francisco. I stopped chewing my food, straining to hear anything else as he walked away, but there was nothing else.
I mentioned it to James, who suggested this gun, the MM-1.
Well, it turned out that the Marine Corps public relations photo feed would answer the question for us. Just yesterday, the following pictures showed up on the Department of Defense’s DVDIS web site. It turns out the mysterious grenade launcher is none other than the M32A1, and it was demoed to the Western Army Infantry Regiment the day after I left.
And this one:
Here’s all you need to know about the M32A1.
A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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