Infantry platoons bristle with direct-fire weapons, but everyone loves a grenade. Grenades give ground troops the ability to send a big boom of fire and shrapnel over a wall or hedgerow, inside a window, or wherever else you can wing one. The catch, of course, is that a hand grenade’s range tops out at roughly 40 meters, depending on whether the grenade-hurler tried out for the minors before joining the military.

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Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Teddy Wade

The Army is developing new 40mm training rounds for both individual grenade launchers and crew-served weapons that will allow for “more realistic” training than those currently in use, Military Times reports.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Taylor Cooper

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Taylor Cooper.

For years, the Marine Corps has relied on the tried and battle-tested but tired M203 grenade launcher gracing their rifle muzzles, but the times, they are a-changin’. Only eight years after the Army got theirs, the Corps has finally gotten its hands on the M320 grenade launcher.

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