Sounds like a good recipe for Kirsten Joy’s latest video.
Grenade! Everybody loves grenades, things that goes kaboom including the Gunny. But there are usually two separate groups you can fall into when talking about these awesome balls of explosives.
One group is that: people whose only experience with grenades comes from video games like James Bond, Call of Duty, and Halo. Realistic, no, but enough to know they are super cool and effective. The other group, of course, consists of military servicemen and woman who have been specially trained and taught on all the actual ins and outs of grenades and anything that will launch them. (M-203)
Most people fall into one of those categories, and there will be some in between. No matter where you’re at, though, you’re guaranteed to enjoy this video.
Pro Shooter Kirsten Joy Weiss shoots grenades alongside R Lee Ermey “The Gunny” and gives us details about the M32A1 multi-shot grenade launcher – along with a huge explosion of course.
Semi-autos are fun enough in themselves, but when you start slinging grenades out of them it opens a whole other world of opportunities.
A really cool weapon with a lot of great features. Ambidextrous safety, adjustable north and south stock, and a semi-automatic mechanism makes this many branches of military’s weapon of choice.
Makes you want to head out and lob a grenade down range, or two, or three or however many times you can pull the trigger.
[Kirsten] What’s better than shooting a multi-shot grenade launcher? Shooting it with the Gunny of course.
[Gunny] That was a great job, wasn’t it??
[Kirsten] Nice job!
This is Kirsten Joy Weiss, and on today’s episode, you’ll see the M32 A-1 multi-shot grenade launcher, huge explosions, and maybe even learn a thing or two.
Now for a little behind the scenes: Yes I was a guest star on the show, but a few of the crewmembers of Gunnytime requested that I aim high for the first few shots, because Gunny had a surprise for me that would be totally ruined if I made the shot the first few attempts.
Miss the target. This is the equivalent to asking a boxer to take a few hits in the ring, it’s gonna be painful. But sometimes, it’s about the journey, and creating an enjoyable experience for all involved, not just yourself. So I decided to be a good sport and say ‘yes’. And besides, I was really curious what the Gunny’s surprise was. And I wanted the chance to make him smile.
Now before all you shooters like me start freaking out, if I missed the miss, I would ruin the production. So the pressure was still on. Let’s have some fun with the M32 A-1 multi-shot grenade launcher.
[Gunny] Well Hello there! You know I had a hunch that you guys would be droppin’ by, because it’s about that time, isn’t it? Yep, sure is. Which means it’s time to show off some of the coolest things that go BANG. And it means that I get to shoot ’em! Not a bad gig, huh? Today we’re gonna talk about the M32 A1 Multi-shot grenade launcher from Milkore USA.
Good thing I’m always dressed for work, and always ready for action! Oh yes, Oo-rah!
Gunny: Here we are back again, and as promised, here this animal is! We get some of the most unusual weapons on this show, we have to go to the end of the earth to find some of these weapons, no question about it. Hi Kirsten, how ‘you doin’?
Kirsten: Hey! It’s good to be here, Gunny!
Gunny: Now I wanna know one thing about you.
Kirsten: What’s that?
Gunny: What is a cute little girl like you doin’ hanging around with an awesome weapon like this?
Kirsten: I like big guns, what can I say?
Gunny: Big guns, bigger the better, I’ve heard that! But tell me about this thing, what is it?
Kirsten: This is an M32 A1 grenade launcher! It shoots 40mm grenades-
Gunny: 40mm grenades, and it’s a six-shooter, isn’t it?
Kirsten: It is! Essentially it’s just a big revolver! It’s even double-action!
Gunny: The beautiful thing is, you put it in your shoulder and you watch that grenade go out there and explode, then you make a little adjustment and do it again!
Gunny: And if you’re a little bit low, you put a little elevation on it and squeeze another one off, right?
Kirsten: Yeah that’s a huge advantage to this system.
Gunny: Looks like everything is adjustable on this thing.
Kirsten: So if you pull this D-ring back like this, this adjusts as well, so it helps you lob those rounds in a little more comfortably.
Gunny: Yeah, ok.
Kirsten: And then this also adjusts.
Gunny: Ok, Four-hundred meters.
Kirsten: The marks on here that say LV, so that’s 400 meters low-velocity, and then the medium-velocity is actually good to 800 for this side.
Gunny: Double! It doubles it up, huh?
Kirsten: Yeah, it’s a big difference. This is one of the only grenade launchers that’s able to shoot medium-velocity grenades, so the military’s really looking and considering adding the medium-velocity round to the arsenal.
Gunny: Ok. How close does this grenade have to land for it to do the damage it needs to do?
Kirsten: On low-velocity it’s a five-meter radius
Kirsten: And then on medium velocity, it’s about a ten-meter radius.
Gunny: Ok, that’s pretty nice. So, any recoil to it to speak of?
Kirsten: Yep. We’re gonna be shooting medium-velocity rounds because we’re cool like that, and it actually is gonna feel like a shotgun.
Gunny: Ok, like, about a twelve-gauge shotgun.
Gunny: Nothin’ that’s gonna upset anybody.
Gunny: Ok. This is a very effective weapon, there’s no question about it. How fast can you shoot it?
Kirsten: You can dump this in about three seconds if you’re good at it.
Gunny: Just as fast as you can pull the trigger! Boom boom boom b- it’s semi-automatic, right?
Kirsten: Exactly! Yeah, uh-huh.
Gunny: Yeah, so there you go.
Gunny: I see we’ve got rails on here, too.
Kirsten: Yep, picatinny rails, you can attach laser designators, laser range finders, and even lights in certain scenarios.
Gunny: Ok. Now, I want you to slowly open it up, and show the camera how this thing works.
Kirsten: We push forward on this little lever here, and then rotate the back. There we are!
Gunny: Ok, so, the first thing you wanna do is pop it up-
Kirsten: Yep, and then press down.
Gunny: And that ejects the shells.
Gunny: Right there, this little baby right here-
Gunny: -Ejects everything. Now we have to wind it up before you put the grenades in it.
Kirsten: Yes, absolutely, and it’s counter-clockwise.
Gunny: And we got the spring maxed out.
Gunny: Now we want to load the grenades in, okay-
Kirsten: And then we switch back.
Gunny: Pull it back… and we’re ready to go, huh?
Kirsten: Good to go. Ambidextrous safety, so you just switch it to fire.
Gunny: That’s pretty simple!
Kirsten: Yeah, there’s a reason militaries all over the world use it.
Gunny: And all of our allies have these, now, too.
Kirsten: Mm-hm. Whaddiya say?
Gunny: I think that I would like to do is go shoot it, because I have not shot this particular gun.
Kirsten: I think that’s a great idea, and there’s actually two versions of this. The M-32 is used by the Marines, and the AV140 is used by international armies. There’s not a big difference except for weight and sights, but how ’bout I shoot the AV140, and you shoot the Marine version?
Gunny: Sounds good to me!
Kirsten: It’s gonna be a good time.
Gunny: Ok, let’s go shoot it, come on!
Kirsten: Alright! Let’s go!
Gunny: You know it’s not often that I get to shoot something that I have never shot before! You think I’m fired up? You bet your sweet bippy I am! Things are about to get pretty damn loud out here! Better go grab your earplugs, Gladys!
Ok Folks, now of course, these are practice grenades, but what I haven’t told Kirsten, is that the boys have rigged the bunker to go Boom-boom bigtime! Told you it was gonna get loud out here, didn’t I?
Alright, here we are at the range, everybody. We got a grenade launcher, you have one, I have one, 40m grenades, there’s a bunker out there, right?
Gunny: I want you to put one right through the hole, ok?
Kirsten: Alright, I’ll see what I can do.
Gunny: And because of the gentleman that I am, I’m gonna let you go first, ok?
Kirsten: Thank you, Gunny. See what we can do…
Gunny: Oh! Right over the top!
Kirsten: Let’s walk it in!
Gunny: Ok, I’ll take my turn. Ready?
Gunny: Just missed it!
Kirsten: Alight, my turn!
Gunny: You go for it!
Kirsten: Just over it.
Gunny: Ok, I’ll go. Here we go!
Gunny: Wow, check that out!
Kirsten: That is awesome, lookit that!
Gunny: That was a great job, wasn’t it?
Kirsten: Nice job!
Gunny: Now that’s what I call well-done! Thanks for comin’, thanks for bringin’ ’em, and thank you for bein’ here darlin’, you’re a breath of fresh air, a flower amongst thorns as I say. And we always appreciate you being here.
Kirsten: I’m always glad being here, Gunny.
Gunny: I can’t wait ’till next time.
Gunny: Right now, Adios amigo.
Gunny: Let’s let someone else clean this mess up, ok?
Gunny: After another day at the office, I can certainly say that’s another job well-done! But when THIS is your office, it hardly feels like work at all. No wonder everyone we have out here is so damn good at their jobs! Tune in next time, we’ll be here putting in the work so you can enjoy the fun.
Sources: Kirsten Joy Weiss Youtube, Colton Bailey, The Gunny
Story by Andre Dall’au • Photographs by Rodney Robinson
The media is singularly transfixed on youth issues that present a very disappointing and negative impression of kids today. The truth is that well-raised and properly focused youth produce much less interesting TV, movies and articles, compared to dysfunctional families, parental relationships in crisis and troubled adolescents that have been presented as the new norm. However, since that is what America is usually exposed to, it is almost surprising to find terrific, moral and hard-working kids. What is even more surprising is how many of those outstanding youths are in the shooting sports. One of those well-nurtured young shooters is Emily Robinson, a daughter of Rodney and Belinda Robinson, who are both active-duty officers on the Cramerton, N.C., police department.
I asked Robinson how she started shooting competitively, and she said, “I was raised shooting .22 rifles, but the first competition I attended was a Glock Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) match in Columbia, S.C., in 2009. Both of my parents were competing; I only watched that day. Later that year, I shot in my first GSSF match and was completely hooked!” She continued, “My older brother also started competing, and together with my parents, helped teach me to grow in the sport. The following year, my parents gave me a Glock 34 for my birthday, and in 2012 I got into USPSA action shooting and really loved it.”
Earlier this year Robinson won “High Lady” in the production class at the Extreme Steel Targets Alabama Sectional.
Robinson clearly enjoys competing, and we talked about what intrigues her. She said, “I shoot at several clubs (Robinson shoots two or three matches per month between USPSA and GSSF) and enjoy the personal challenge, but it also gives me the opportunity to shoot a variety of courses designed by different people, as well as shooting against other competitors. I have a lot of friends in this sport and enjoy going up against different shooters.” As a result of her commitment to the shooting sports, Robinson is a lifetime member of the USPSA, GSSF and the NRA. She is a Glock-certified advanced armorer and a certified range officer for the National Range Officers Institute.
“I try very hard to live and compete in a way that I can be a role model for other girls.”
Robinson’s favorite pistol is the one that she wins with, her Glock G34. “In competition, I use a G34 because it fits my hand perfectly and has a natural point of aim for me. I’ve had it for five years now and it’s been reliable, accurate and a very controllable pistol,” she said. When asked about other types of shooting Robinson noted, “I love to shoot a variety of other pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns and have been practicing with AR-15s and semi-auto shotguns. I want to get involved in 3-gun and am trying to decide what type of gear I will need. I use Atlanta Arms ammunition for pistol competitions and action shooting, as well as CR speed-mag holders along with a Blade-Tech holster.” Robinson also receives a lot of support. “I’ve been very fortunate to have so much help. Ed Turner and Don Anderson with Ed’s Public Safety in Stockbridge, Ga., believed in me and gave me a sponsorship. Danny Wisner at Atlanta Arms were very supportive too, and when Jason Koon took over, he continued to help.” Robinson also acknowledged, “I have to give a lot of credit to friends who shoot with me on a regular basis and share advice.”
The US Army Marksmanship Unit holds youth clinics each year and Robinson honed her skills two years in a row by attending these events.
Based on her steep learning curve I asked Robinson what she has gained during the last few years of shooting competitively. She said, “The number one thing is safety with firearms and that they aren’t toys. You have to be responsible and know that your actions have consequences. I have also learned that competitive shooting is more than just shooting well. Like any sport, it’s about good sportsmanship, honesty, concentration and physical fitness (Robinson spends almost two hours a day, four days a week in the gym). I know how to be serious and focus, but it’s still exciting and fun. I’ve made a lot of great friends and there are always new opportunities to learn from other competitors.” She continued on about her attitude towards the sport: “Competitive shooting is also about strategy. I love that part because there are so many ways to accomplish a course of fire. I recently had the opportunity to help with a female-only clinic last year, and it was great. I found that I really like to help others who are new to the sport. The response was so good they are doing another one this summer.” I mentioned that due to her ability and success, she is being watched by other girls who would like to shoot like her. Robinson said, “That is a big responsibility, so I try very hard to live and compete in a way that I can be a role model for other girls.”
Robinson has been competing in the Glock Sport shooting Foundation matches since 2009 and has never looked back.
Robinson continued to explain her love of the shooting sports: “I’ve been lucky enough to attend the US Army Marksmanship Unit’s Junior Action Shooting Clinic in 2013 and 2014, and learned so much. It was great to be able to shoot with some of the best juniors in the country. I would love to be a professional competitor, but first I want to earn a spot on the USAMU Action Shooting Team. I’d be able to serve my country (like her brother Justin who just enlisted in the US Army) and compete. It’s a huge goal and I will be working hard for it.” I asked where her ability to shoot successfully and at such a consistently high level came from and she said, “The success I have comes first from the support of my amazing family and friends.” Robinson continued to explain how her family has provided the foundation for her success: “My parents provided equipment, support, traveling, gave up weekends and challenged me. My older brother Justin even helped teach me to shoot.”
“My parents provided equipment, support, traveling, gave up weekends and challenged me.”
More than anything else, Robinson is a normal teenage girl who enjoys every aspect of growing up in the great community of Cramerton. She is homeschooled and works two part-time jobs, but unlike the kids highlighted by the media, Robinson is a bright, happy, well-raised teenager with a great attitude who has achieved a lot already due to her focus and discipline. Unfortunately, like most kids, her achievements are seldom televised or publicized, but that is OK with her. She would rather be at the range, at work or at home with her family learning more and strengthening an already brilliant future that is unrolling before her. ASJ