Pallad grenade launcher
The Pallad (also known as the wz. 1974) is a 40 mm Polish underslung grenade launcher, developed for use with the AKM assault-rifle and intended to replace the kbkg wz. 1960 grenade-launcher rifle. The name of the weapon reflects the Polish-language word for palladium.
|Wz. 1974 Pallad|
The wz. 74 grenade launcher mounted on a wz. 88 Tantal rifle
|Place of origin||Poland|
|In service||1974 - Present|
|Manufacturer||Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów|
|Produced||1970 - ???|
|Variants||wz. 1983 Pallad-D|
|Mass||1.25 kg with mount (wz. 74)|
2.3 kg (wz. 83)
|Length||324 mm (wz. 74)|
670 mm with stock extended / 395 mm with stock collapsed (wz. 83)
|Barrel length||267 mm|
|Muzzle velocity||78 m/s|
|Effective firing range||Sights adjustable up to 430 m|
|Feed system||Breech-loaded, single-shot|
|Sights||Notched short range quadrant sight (0 to 400 m), folding leaf sight graduated from 170 to 430 m|
The development of the weapon drew on concepts provided by Józef Brodacki.
The wz. 1983 Pallad D, the stand-alone version of the wz. 74, features a stock and AK type pistol grip.
There are also variants compatible with 40x46mm NATO named GP-40 (40x46mm version of wz. 74 Pallad) and GS-40 (40x46mm version of wz. 83 Pallad-D).
Lithuania - 10 (5,56mm karabinek-granatnik wz.1974) were given from Poland and in use by Lithuania before 2003 Poland - 7,62mm karabinek-granatnik wz.1974(limited use), 5,45mm karabinek-granatnik wz.1974(phased out), 5,56mm karabinek-granatnik wz.1974 and wz. 83 Pallad-D are in use by Polish Land Forces