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GM-94s in the Crimea

There have been several images passed around the net and social media lately showing armed personnel in civilian attire in the Crimea. One of the telltale weapons used by these individuals, widely accepted to be Russian troops or PMCs in their employ, is the GM-94.

The GM-94 is a manual action grenade launcher (it racks like a pump shotgun) chambered for a 43mm grenade cartridge available in High Explosive (HE), High Explosive Fragmentary (HE-FRAG), smoke, illume (illumination rounds) and probably “less lethal” munitions. Range is approximately 300m. The GM-94 has a 3-round tubular magazine, double action type trigger, manual safety and folding shoulder stock. It was purportedly designed by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau for use by SOF units, the MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) and FSB (Federal Security Service).

GM 94s in the Crimea photo

GM 94s in the Crimea photo

GM 94s in the Crimea photo

GM 94s in the Crimea photo