Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide: XM-25 Laser-Guided Grenade Launcher Now In Use

December 4, 2010


Remember the XM-25 Smartgun we've reported on in the past? Of course not, you can't even remember where you parked your car at the mall. BY MACY'S NOT BLOOMINGDALES YOU DINGALING. Anyway, the XM-25 is officially in the hands of troops in Afghanistan and shoots grenades that can be detonated at any specified distance. Preferably further than closer.

The gun's stats are formidable: it fires 25mm air-bursting shells up to 2,300 feet (700 meters), well past the range of most rifles used by today's soldiers, and programs them to explode at a precise distance, allowing troops to neutralize insurgents hiding behind walls, rocks or trenches or inside buildings.

"You get behind something when someone is shooting at you, and that sort of cover has protected people for thousands of years," Lehner said.

"Now we're taking that away from the enemy forever."

Call me old fashioned, but I still prefer ninja-ing up on my enemies from behind and stabbing them in the back. Then teabagging them. Which, for the record, is not a war crime. Generally frowned upon, sure, but not a crime.

Laser-guided grenade launcher detonates explosives at exact distances [dvice]
US deploys 'game-changer' weapon to Afghanistan [yahoonews]

Thanks to Mutt, Josh and Dubfender, who still prefer throwing grenades. It is fun, isn't it? FIRE IN THE HOLE!

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